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Children's LiteratureThe American Indians remain among our country's most forgotten peoples. Although they are true Native Americans, living here when European settlers first arrived, most of us know little about their history, customs and traditions. This book, one of the publisher's ten title series about Indians called "America's First Peoples," is an admirable attempt to address this knowledge gap. The book details the Inuit, who today live where they always have, in the Arctic. In 1999, Canada set aside territory, known as Nunavut, for the Inuit. Nunavut appropriately means "Our Land." The Inuit have lived in the Artic cold for thousands of years. The name Inuit means "The Real People." At one time, the Cree Indians, the Inuit's traditional enemies, called them Eskimos, or "Snowshoe Netter." Today, the Inuit view this appellation as insulting, preferring to be known by their own, historical name. There is much here to interest young readers—eye-catching graphics and sidebars, discussion of the Inuit's tradition of carving ivory, with a fun demonstration of how young readers can do their own carving with bars of soap, and a recipe for Blueberry-topped Snowcream, which is similar to a traditional Inuit dish. With much attention to detail, the author has crafted an excellent book that will be an ideal addition to any library. 2004, Blue Earth Books/Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
— Bruce Adelson, J.D.