Children's LiteratureThis is a title in the "North American Indians" series. The prehistory and early history of the Navajo are outlined in the first chapter, their family structure, economy, material culture and art forms are briefly presented in chapter two, aspects of Navajo ritual and belief are seen in the third chapter, and the last chapter deals with later history and reservation life. This book does not compete well with other treatments of the Navajo for children since there are simply too many errors of fact to overlook. Navajo cradle boards were always worn on the mother's back when worn at all, and could not be worn on the front, and certainly not with the child facing the mother. The young married couple did not live with the bride's family since the groom was expected to avoid his mother-in-law. The baskets illustrated as Navajo are not traditional Navajo baskets. It is not true that every Navajo blanket holds a sacred meaning. A ritual sandpainting does not take nine days to make, it must be completed and destroyed between sunrise and sunset. And the ceremony described as part of a Navajo wedding is in fact part of the girl's puberty ceremony. There is a short glossary, further readings, and an index at the back of this 45 page book. 2004, Kidhaven Press, Ages 10 up.