Kaya's Short Story Collection (American Girl Collection Series: Kaya)
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Kaya's Short Story Collection (American Girl Collection Series: Kaya)

by Janet Beeler Shaw, Susan McAliley, Bill Farnsworth
     
 
Kaya is troubled by a terrible nickname. Her friends call her "Magpie," after an untrustworthy bird that thinks only of itself. Kaya earned her nickname because her little twin brothers wandered off when they were in her care-while Kaya competed in a daring bareback horse race. Although Kaya finds the boys safe, she still must face a punishment. All her friends must,

Overview

Kaya is troubled by a terrible nickname. Her friends call her "Magpie," after an untrustworthy bird that thinks only of itself. Kaya earned her nickname because her little twin brothers wandered off when they were in her care-while Kaya competed in a daring bareback horse race. Although Kaya finds the boys safe, she still must face a punishment. All her friends must, too, since one person's actions affect everyone's safety. The sting of the switch hurts less than the sting of her friends' teasing. A nickname is a strict teacher, and Kaya is fiercely determined to become a better person, one who thinks of others before herself-a girl no one will ever call "Magpie" again.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ginjer L. Clarke
This collection of five short stories about Kaya, a Nez Perce girl growing up before America became a country, offers strong lessons in respecting the earth, your elders, tradition, and your own inner strength. It offers girls—as all of the American Girls products do—images of strong women in their times and focuses on the connections among mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. Kaya is depicted as wanting to be a leader for her tribe, and the stories are tied together by her obtaining increasingly more responsibility as she matures. Native words are used throughout and are explained in the language index at the back. Several short nonfiction pieces explain the life of the Nez Perce in the late 1700s, including how they used medicine and healing, traded goods, worked together, protected themselves, and gathered food by traveling nomadically with the seasons. Photos are included in the nonfiction pieces, and small spot illustrations, as well as occasionally full-page paintings, are scattered throughout the short stories. This is a lovely collection for girls to read on their own or as a lesson accompaniment in the classroom. Part of the "American Girls Collection" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593691196
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
American Girl Collection Series: Kaya
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 4.52(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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