The People Shall Continueby Simon J. Ortiz, Sharol Graves
Traces the progress of the Indians of North America from the time of the Creation to the present.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyA compact and rightly sobering overview of the history of native Americans, this begins with their story of Creation and continues through the white man's usurpation of Indian lands and, too often, lore. It is written in straightforward syntax and in the cadences of traditional oral narration; as such, it derives its power from direct, forceful statements and the repetition of phrases and rhythms that assume a quiet insistence. The accompanying illustrations are similarly unembroidered yet dignified; they contain simply drawn figures and shapes, strong, vivid colors and a minimum of pattern and detail. A self-described ``teaching story'' whose mission is to instill a sense of responsibility for life, this is necessarily expository rather than dramatic; its lesson is inarguably worthy. Ages 7-12. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Susie WildeOrtiz re-writes American history from an Indian viewpoint in this picture book. Ortiz is an Acoma poet whose Native oral traditions shine through his writing. This chronicle shows the People's commitment to honoring each other and the world surrounding them. Foreigners later threaten these customs and beliefs. In a lyric style, Ortiz combines history's specifics with the personal Native American heritage of struggles and endurance. The power of his story comes from its clear truths, articulate telling and the avoidance of romantic view. 1995 (orig.
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