Native North American Wisdom and Gifts

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Native 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
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-The information in these books is presented in a concise manner with respect for Native American culture and history. Each title is illustrated with artist renderings and/or color photographs. Southeast introduces the tribes' culture, language, history, and customs but does not include the impact of European settlement. Foods gives the history and significance of various foods both historically and today. It includes corn, squash, and herbs and explains the process for making pemmican and harvesting rice. Several traditional recipes are interspersed within each chapter. Wisdom discusses the contributions that Native Americans have made for which they may not have received credit. They include various foods eaten by many Americans today, the use of scented fishing lures, lacrosse, the parka, and jojoba as an ingredient in shampoo. The books are clearly written and would be useful for reports or browsing.-G. Alyssa Parkinson, Highland Township Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778704768
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Native Nations of North America Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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