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Children's LiteratureDid you know that it takes at least 100 rabbit skins to make a cape that was worn by the Native Americans in cold weather? This is just one of the interesting facts the reader will learn when reading about the Basin Indians. The format of the book is perfect for new or struggling readers for a variety of reasons. The vocabulary is controlled and the information given is direct and to the point. Simple sentences of varied length are used. The photographs match the text and each chapter is composed of two pages—one for the text and one for the photograph. The photographs provide extra help for better comprehension. All vocabulary words are printed in bold and can be found in the "Glossary" at the end of the book. The reader is also given an "Index," "Internet Site," and a "Read More" section that gives titles of books to read for more information about the Basin Indians. Each chapter deals with only one topic, thereby making it an excellent resource for children to use when they need to write a book report or summary. The chapters provide an excellent resource for classroom teachers to reinforce finding the main ideas in paragraphs. This book is part of the "Native American Life" series. I highly recommend this book for teachers, libraries, and parents who home-school. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kathie M. Josephs