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Children's LiteratureYoung John Cloud, a Mohawk Indian, misses his father, who each week leaves the reservation for New York City, where he is a steelworker helping to build the Empire State Building. John Cloud is thrilled when, with his mother and grandfather, he travels to the city by train to visit his father and uncle. The city, with its hustle, bustle, sights and sounds, is amazingly different for him. When they arrive at the site of the Empire State Building, he proudly locates his father on one of the top beams, walking as if his feet "clung to the steel." Kirk has captured the boy's longing for his father when he is gone and the closeness between them while also conveying the family's sense of tradition as they enter a new era. Hale's bold, full-page illustrations contrast the quiet life on the reservation to the energy of city life. Her use of line and angles in the scenes showing the steelworkers is striking. Text and illustration combine to give an authentic and moving glimpse of life for a twentieth-century Mohawk family. 2004, Lee & Low Books, Ages 6 to 9.