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Kaya's Hero: A Story of Giving (American Girls Collection Series: Kaya #3)

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When Swan Circling saves a baby on a runaway horse, Kaya is awed by the young warrior woman's bravery. Kaya wants to be strong like Swan Circling, and she hopes to be her friend, too. Kaya knows she's made mistakes, can she be worthy of Swan Circling's friendship?

In 1764, Kaya greatly admires a courageous and kind young woman in her Nez Percâe village and wants to be worthy of her respect. Includes historical notes on the winter activities of the Nez Percâe ...

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Overview


When Swan Circling saves a baby on a runaway horse, Kaya is awed by the young warrior woman's bravery. Kaya wants to be strong like Swan Circling, and she hopes to be her friend, too. Kaya knows she's made mistakes, can she be worthy of Swan Circling's friendship?

In 1764, Kaya greatly admires a courageous and kind young woman in her Nez Percâe village and wants to be worthy of her respect. Includes historical notes on the winter activities of the Nez Percâe Indians, including ceremonies and crafts.

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Gr 3-6-Kaya is a spirited Nez Perce girl in the American Northwest. In the first book, she disobeys her mother, endangering herself and her sister. As a result, the girls are kidnapped by a band of raiders. She realizes that Speaking Rain's blindness could impede a successful escape, and she makes the difficult decision to leave her sister behind. Kaya struggles for miles through the cold and rugged mountains to return home. Relieved to be there, she vows to bring her sister home. In Kaya's Hero, she realizes that she must develop more courage and wisdom before a rescue is possible. Swan Circling patiently mentors her young friend as Kaya tries hard to become worthy of the young woman's respect. The plots proceed simply, making the adventures easy for young readers to follow. Kaya is well developed through her actions and words. Nez Perce vocabulary is interspersed throughout. The illustrations also give evidence of careful research; full-page paintings and small sketches depict both action and artifacts. The color and detail are reflective of the culture and setting. Information about Nez Perce education, clothing, and crafts helps children to better understand the narrative. Readers of the series will be delighted with this new character, time, and culture.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781584854272
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing, Inc
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: American Girl Collection Series: Kaya , #3
  • Pages: 81
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Kaya's Family and Friends
Chapter 1 Runaway Horse! 1
Chapter 2 Lessons from a Basket 19
Chapter 3 A Sick Baby 35
Chapter 4 Gifts from Swan Circling 50
Looking Back 65
Glossary of Nez Perce Words 72
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

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    I LOVE THE BOOK SO MUCH

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

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    Someone to Emulate.

    Beautiful, detailed illustrations including the cover art will draw young readers to this novel. This is another wonderful tale in the Kaya series of books. Kaya learns a very valuable lesson in sacrifice. The characters in this book "1764 Kaya's Hero: A Story of Giving," including Kaya's family, (Toe-Ta, Eetsa, Wing Feather & Sparrow, and Brown Deer) her relatives, (Pi-Lah-Ka and Kautsa - Eetsa's parents and Kaya's grandparents) and her friends (Two Hawks, Running Alone & Light On The Water, and Swan Circling) make real this fascinating and heart-warming story. Readers will learn new vocabulary from the Nez Perce glossary at the end of the book. An example of a vocabulary word is parfleches (par-fleshes) meaning bags to hold dried food for winter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    :D

    Sad but amazing ~giggles~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Sad But Amazing

    It is truely an amazing story with kaya's hero. I loved the way kaya follows her heros ways but with a tragic ending kaya still loves her hero no matter what.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Awesome

    If you like this book you are cool

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    Posted September 30, 2013

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