Many Peoples, One Land: A Guide to New Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults

Many Peoples, One Land: A Guide to New Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults

by Alethea K. Helbig, Agnes Regan Perkins, Agnes Regan Perkins
     
 

Celebrating the wealth of quality multicultural literature recently published for children and young adults, this valuable resource examines the fiction, oral tradition, and poetry from four major ethnic groups in the United States. Each of these genres is considered in turn for the literature dealing with African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and

Overview

Celebrating the wealth of quality multicultural literature recently published for children and young adults, this valuable resource examines the fiction, oral tradition, and poetry from four major ethnic groups in the United States. Each of these genres is considered in turn for the literature dealing with African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native-American Indians. Taking up where their earlier volume This Land is Our Land left off, Helbig and Perkins have teamed up once again to identify and expertly evaluate more than 500 multicultural books published from 1994 through 1999. Both considered authorities in the field of children's literature, the two of them personally selected, read, and evaluated all the books included here. Their insightful annotations help readers carefully consider both literary standards such as plot development, characterization, and style, as well as cultural values as they are represented in these cited works. Each entry also indicates the suggested age and grade level appropriateness of the work.

With the proliferation and ever increasing popularity of multicultural literature for children and young adults, this sensitively written volume will serve as an invaluable collection development tool. Teachers, as well as librarians, will find the comprehensiveness and organization of this bibliography helpful as a guide in selecting appropriate materials for classroom use. Even students will find this book easy to use, with its five indexes identifying works by title, writer, illustrator, grade level, and subject. Public libraries and school media centers will find much use for Many Peoples, One Land.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
A follow-up to the authors' This Land Is Our Land (Greenwood, 1994/VOYA April 1995), this volume contains more than five hundred annotated entries for books of poetry, fiction, and oral tradition from the four principal ethnic groups in the United States: Native, African, Hispanic, and Asian Americans. Works cited were published from 1994 through 1999 and are suitable for preschool through high school. Helbig and Perkins clearly explain their concerns about quality of writing, stereotypes, and appropriateness in their preface, and they spell out their criteria for inclusion and define certain terms used, such as "realistic fiction." Primarily critiquing the American experience for the four minorities mentioned, the authors provide teachers and researchers interested in multicultural literature a great service. With its broad scope, the book contains an abundance of information. Robert Burleigh's Hoops (Harcourt Brace, 1997), Victor Martinez's Parrot in the Oven (HarperCollins, 1997/VOYA August 1997), Dorothy West's The Wedding (Doubleday, 1995), and Sherman Alexie's Indian Killer (Atlantic Monthly, 1996) are but a few titles included in this book. Clear, in-depth, incisive annotations offer honest appraisals of each book and provide age and grade levels, bibliographic information, themes, and summaries. Frank, honest criticism and mention of possibly objectionable content, such as crude language and explicit sex scenes, further help to determine the usefulness of a book for inclusion in a curriculum or classroom. Superb cross-references alert the reader to other books by an author and books contained in This Land Is Our Land. Many Lands, One People is an indispensable work aboutmulticultural literature for both school and public libraries. Index. 2001, Greenwood, 448p. PLB . Ages Adult. Reviewer: Rachelle Bilz SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
School Library Journal
More than 500 lengthy annotations (200-600 words) are the substance of this useful bibliographic reference that begins chronologically where the authors' This Land Is Our Land (Greenwood, 1994) left off. Helbig and Perkins have selected and evaluated fiction, poetry, and folk literature from African-, Asian-, Hispanic-, and Native American traditions published in the years 1994 through 1999. Focusing on the American ethnic experience (including Puerto Rican), they have, in general, not included works set in other countries. Adult titles of interest to high school students are included. Each annotation has comments on literary merit, age suggestions, and notes about potentially objectionable elements along with the standard bibliographic information and a brief summary of content and themes. Works annotated in the earlier volume are cross-referenced, and titles that are not featured are described. Occasionally, this results in some odd choices: Louise Erdrich's Grandmother's Pigeon gets a full entry, but The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist, does not. For the most part, however, the evaluators' reach is broad and inclusive. The five indexes were clearly constructed by children's literature specialists with reference experience. Subject headings go well beyond the customary to include such entries as "prejudice, against-," "prejudice, among-" and "mixed-ethnic persons." An excellent tool for readers' advisory and collection building.-Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Provides teachers with guidance for choosing fiction, stories from the oral tradition, and poetry from the four major ethnic groups in the US: African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native American Indians. Covering some 500 multicultural books published from 1994 through 1999, plot summaries average from 150 to 200 words and describe the book's theme, its value as an example of its genre, other resources, and standard bibliographical information, including age and grade levels. Indexes are keyed to entry numbers and include title, writer, illustrator, titles by grade level, and subject indexes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This guide to the new multicultural literature available for children and young adults is divided both by age group and ethnic group; from Hispanic American fiction and Native American oral traditions to African American fiction. Bibliographic listings include plot overviews, age group references, and insights on the ethnic literary traditions explored in each title. A fine library reference or a key to building a multicultural collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313309670
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2000
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

ALETHEA K. HELBIG, Professor, and AGNES REGAN PERKINS, Professor Emeritus, both of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. Helbig and Perkins are co-authors of This Land is Our Land: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults (Greenwood 1994) and Myths and Hero Tales: A Cross-Cultural Guide to Literature for Children and Young Adults (Greenwood 1997). They have written a series of encyclopedic works on fiction for children including Dictionary of British Children's Fiction (Greenwood 1989), Dictionary of Children's Fiction from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and Selected African Countries (Greenwood 1992) and Dictionary of American Children's Fiction (Greenwood 1996), for which they are currently working on the third supplement. Helbig is also author of Nanabozhoo: Giver of Life. She is a past president of the Children's Literature Association.

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