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Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Slapin and Seale have created a resource for parents and teachers who may not know what's truly authentic in books about Native Americans. The collection of reviews and essays includes a checklist to help evaluate books before they are shared as true.
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The Native American (NA) experience as presented in children's books is reviewed through essays, poetry, book reviews, guidelines for evaluating books, a resource list of organizations, a bibliography of books by and about NAs, American Indian authors for young readers, and illustrations. The essays may help or hinder Native American concerns. There is hostility: ``You know us (NAs) only as enemies.'' No location is given for the cited Iroquois document which states: ``Even the form of our government seems to owe a greater debt to the Constitution of the Six Nations of the Iroquois than to any European document.'' One positive suggestion is offered: ``Visit with living American Indian people, try to find out more about their ways of life and their languages.'' The book reviews are similar to the essays, and the illustrations are traditional. The poetry, guidelines, resource list, bibliography, and list of authors are sensitive and informative, which makes this a recommended selection for academic libraries.-- Lois F. Roets, Drake Univ., Des Moines
Reprints, with some update, the 1990 edition. This work is essential for librarians and educators who wish to locate books for children and young adults which present the story of indigenous peoples from a perspective free of White or Western biases. Contains Native-authored essays, poetry, and reviews of more than 100 children's books by and about Indians, a guide to evaluating children's books for anti-Indian bias, a recommended bibliography, and a resource section of Native publishers and organizations. The American Indian Studies Center is at the University of California, Los Angeles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935626469
  • Publisher: University of California, American Indian Studies Center
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Series: Contemporary American Indian Issues Series, #7
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Contributors to this Project
Introduction 1
The Bloody Trail of Columbus Day 6
"Let us put our minds together and see what life we will make for our children." 9
Why I'm Not Thankful for Thanksgiving 17
Notes from an Indian Teacher 22
"I" Is Not for Indian 24
Two Plus Two or Why Indians Flunk 26
Sun Dance 28
Poetry 29
Fiery Red 72
Thanking the Birds 74
Taking Another Look 81
Storytelling and the Sacred: On the Uses of Native American Stories 90
Not Just Entertainment 97
Grandmothers of a New World 101
Book Reviews 114
How to Tell the Difference: A Checklist 240
Resources 267
A Selected Bibliography 280
American Indian Authors for Young Readers 287
Contributors' Notes 295
Index 297
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