Meet Kaya: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Kaya #1)
  • Meet Kaya: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Kaya #1)
  • Meet Kaya: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Kaya #1)

Meet Kaya: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Kaya #1)

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by Janet Beeler Shaw, Susan McAliley, Bill Farnsworth
     
 

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It's Hard for Kaya not to boast about her beautiful, spirited Appaloosa mare, Steps High. Kaya wants to be one of the very best horsewomen in the village. But when boasting leads to a daring bareback race, Kaya puts both herself and her horse in danger. And she also endangers her little twin brothers, who've wandered off into the woods during Kaya's race. Although… See more details below

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It's Hard for Kaya not to boast about her beautiful, spirited Appaloosa mare, Steps High. Kaya wants to be one of the very best horsewomen in the village. But when boasting leads to a daring bareback race, Kaya puts both herself and her horse in danger. And she also endangers her little twin brothers, who've wandered off into the woods during Kaya's race. Although Kaya finds the boys unharmed, she still must face a punishment. All her friends must, too, since one person's actions affect the safety of the whole village. Kaya's mistakes earn her a terrible nickname -- will she ever be able to lose it?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The American Girls Collection welcomes a new character: Kaya, a member of the Nez Perce tribe. Billed as the "first" American Girl, Kaya's story takes place in 1764, before European-Americans made their way to the Pacific Northwest. The series, written in consultation with the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, includes six titles by Janet Shaw, illus. by Bill Farnsworth. The first, Meet Kaya, introduces Kaya as she and her horse take part in a dangerous bareback race and she leaves her twin brothers unattended. The boys wander off, and Kaya faces punishment by her people. Kaya's Escape!; Kaya's Hero; Kaya and Lone Dog; Kaya Shows the Way; and Changes for Kaya will be released simultaneously. Each contains a "Looking Back" section, with photographs, that provides historical details about the Nez Perce tribe. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Kaya, a Nez Perce girl living in 1764, is the newest in the "American Girl" historical fiction series from the Pleasant Company. There are 8 girls altogether, each living through a different period in American history, from 1764 to 1944. There are six short novels featuring each girl and each includes several pages of documents, illustrations or photos and information about the period. Meet Kaya, is devoted to the Nez Perce lifestyle and culture, their homeland in what is now Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and their encounter with the Lewis and Clark expedition and later white settlers. There is a short glossary of Nez Perce words that are used throughout the book. Kaya is an adventurous nine-year-old who is very proud of her horse, Steps High. She creates problem for herself and her peers when she becomes boastful and irresponsible, but she later earns back the respect of her family and even the feisty young boy Fox Tail when she saves the life of a young blind girl. The story has more dramatic moments and suspense than some of the previous American girl books and it shows young readers the life of Native Americans when it was full, proud and nearly untouched by Europeans. Only Kaya's grandmother remembers that her pockmarked face is due to the smallpox brought by early white traders. There is enough excitement in the book to hold the interest of diverse readers, boys and girls alike, with special appeal for young horse lovers. There are also numerous opportunities to generate thoughtful discussion about respect for elders, the individual's role in the community, and the historical interactions between Native Americans and whites. 2002, Pleasant Company,
— Karen Leggett

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584854241
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
American Girl Collection Series: Kaya, #1
Pages:
76
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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