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Children's LiteratureNative Americans have made numerous contributions to the world. Many (if not most) of these contributions go unrecognized as coming from the peoples who have lived in North America for thousands of years. Most kids will be familiar with the tribes to who helped European colonists survive; they will know about popcorn and Thanksgiving. But do they know that hockey was first played by Native Americans? Or that Native American code talkers helped the United States and its allies win both the first and second world wars? Or that early champions of women's rights were inspired by native tribes' views of the status of woman? Colorful drawings and photographs, most with detailed captions, and informative sidebars highlight the text. This title from the "Native Nations of North America" series gives readers a good introduction to the contributions of Native Americans and may motivate kids to read more. At the end of the book, readers will find a brief glossary and an index. 2006, Crabtree Publishing Company, Ages 8 to 12.
—Anita Barnes Lowen