Navajo ABC: A Dine Alphabet Book

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"After introducing the Navajo people's name for themselves, T'aa Dine', the authors present a Dine' alphabet book using objects and words familiar to the Navajo culture. . . . Each pairing is illustrated by a color-pencil picture of the object, plant, or person named. A glossary, which includes pronunciation guidance, provides translations and a cultural context for each item . . ."--"Booklist." Full-color illustrations.
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Overview

"After introducing the Navajo people's name for themselves, T'aa Dine', the authors present a Dine' alphabet book using objects and words familiar to the Navajo culture. . . . Each pairing is illustrated by a color-pencil picture of the object, plant, or person named. A glossary, which includes pronunciation guidance, provides translations and a cultural context for each item . . ."--"Booklist." Full-color illustrations.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
English and Navajo (or Din ) words address aspects of Navajo life; colored-pencil illustrations serve as quiet complements. All ages. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This warm ABC book uses colored-pencil drawings of things, people, and places important or unique to the Din people. Starting out with English words such as belt (a Navajo concho belt), cradle board, earrings, and grandma, Tapahonso also introduces Din words such as 'I'' (sunset), kyah (land), and 'oolj' (moon). The soft, full-page drawings depict distinctly Navajo objects-a squash-blossom necklace; a traditional high-top, side-tied moccasin. The glossary gives the Navajo equivalent (and pronunciation) for each English word, and a pronunciation and English translation for each Din word, and explains each word in the context of the native culture. Tapahonso has created a wonderful introduction to her people and their language, and Schick's pastel pencil drawings are a perfect complement. Much more coherent and successful than other ``Indian'' ABC books such as Gerald Hausman's Turtle Island ABC (HarperCollins, 1994) and Richard Red Hawk's ABCs the American Indian Way (Sierra Oaks, 1988), this is a solid purchase.-Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA
Karen Hutt
After introducing the Navajo people's name for themselves, T'aa Dine, the authors present a Dine alphabet book using objects and words familiar to the Navajo culture. Four letters appear with Dine words, but the remaining 22 are associated with English ones--belt, grandma, yucca, etc. Each pairing is illustrated by a colored-pencil picture of the object, plant, or person named. A glossary, which includes pronunciation guidance, provides translations and a cultural context for each item, adding to the book's usefulness for introducing children to other cultures. The book may also serve as a model for student-created books. The contemporary focus on a specific tribe is a welcome change from works that clump all Indians together in a historical context without mentioning individual languages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689803161
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.33 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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