Children's LiteraturePhotographs, drawings and a clearly written text make up this entry in the "Native Nations of North America" series. Readers learn about the ancient and current Pueblo peoples. Mention is made of the ancient roots of these Native Americans, then the focus picks up at about the time the Spanish were trying to "civilize" the native peoples. There are discussions of the language, group structure of the Pueblo and its resident societies, and daily life including the activities of men, women and children. The section relating to the different farming styles and cooking, crafts, clothing, beliefs and trade give a short but good look at life during these times. The bolded words are defined in a glossary and there is a short index. The books in this series should do well for first reports in the early elementary grades, although there is quite a bit of repetition, especially between this title and Nations of the Southwest. 2003, Crabtree Publishing. Ages 7 to 10.
School Library JournalGr 4-6-Using photos of locations and paintings, this book describes Pueblo life before contact with Europeans. Each two-page chapter discusses specific aspects of the tribe's culture. Full-color pictures appear on almost every page. Those that have captions repeat information provided within the text. The Web sites listed, while informative and useful, may be a little advanced for this age group. There are no maps to show readers where the Pueblo people live, and no bibliography is included. Pass on this title.-S K Joiner, Brazoria County Library System, Angleton, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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