School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 5-Some of the crafts in these two books have only a tenuous connection to traditional Native life, such as the Natural World Memory Game and a handmade book. Each volume contains numerous activities and a recipe, but no indication is given of the difficulty level of the tasks. Adult help is suggested at the end of the books after several crafts have included baking clay. While colorful, stylized illustrations appear on every page, none of them shows the finished projects or steps in the process. Corwin stresses tracing drawings found throughout the book, which seems to limit creativity. Despite her claim that the crafts in California "do not involve ritual or religious objects," sand paintings are sacred. Seeing them reduced to the level of a child's artwork using markers may offend some people. The introduction only briefly mentions that Native peoples still exist. Despite these flaws, the activities are far less egregious than books that depict masks, and are worth considering.-S K Joiner, Brazoria County Library System, Angleton, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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