Tools of Native Americans: A Kid's Guide to the History and Culture of the First Americans

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Focusing on the inventive history of Native Americans—from tools and technology to cultural achievements—this exploration shows how the first Americans, facing varying climates and unconquered lands, found ways to develop food supplies, shelter, religion, games, and jewelry. With fascinating ...

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White River Junction, VT 2006 Paperback First printing New A Kid's Guide to the History & Culture of the First Americans. 122 pp. Named an Honor Book in the Social Studies, ... Grade K-6 category by the Society of School Librarians International Focusing on the inventive history of Native Americans--from tools and technology to cultural achievements--this exploration shows how the first Americans, facing varying climates and unconquered lands, found ways to develop food supplies, shelter, religion, games, and jewelry. With fascinating regional histories, including information on the Arctic tribes that fashioned igloos, the Midwest tribes that discovered copper, and the tribes of the Southwest that learned to cultivate maize and beans, children learn the history of the first Americans by understanding how they made use of their region's natural resources. Read more Show Less

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Named an Honor Book in the Social Studies, Grade K-6 category by the

Society of School Librarians International
 

Focusing on the inventive history of Native Americans—from tools and technology to cultural achievements—this exploration shows how the first Americans, facing varying climates and unconquered lands, found ways to develop food supplies, shelter, religion, games, and jewelry. With fascinating regional histories, including information on the Arctic tribes that fashioned igloos, the Midwest tribes that discovered copper, and the tribes of the Southwest that learned to cultivate maize and beans, children learn the history of the first Americans by understanding how they made use of their region's natural resources.

Named an Honor Book in the Social Studies, grade K-6 category by the Society of School Librarians International

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"This may be called a kid's book but there's nothing juvenile about it; every reader can learn from it."  —KLIATT

VOYA - Angelica Delgado
This resource takes a broad topic and tries to make it understandable and visually pleasing for a range of readers. The book is divided into four sections-early history of indigenous American people, Native Americans by region, recent history, and places to go for further information. For each region, the author includes a map, examples of tribes within the region, words to know, activities involving everyday items, and several photographs or images that are not cited. The regional map does not provide information on the distribution of tribes within an area, which would be especially helpful for those doing tribe-specific school reports. Kavin's book attempts to straddle a delicate line between accessibility to both younger and older readers. Unfortunately it does so poorly. Younger readers will be turned off by the copious, although large text with uninteresting images, and older readers will be annoyed with age-inappropriate activities such as "Make Your Own War Bonnet" or "Do Your Own Face Painting." The bibliography contains only five books and fourteen Web sites. The most beneficial aspect of the book comes at the end in the form of a glossary and museum list. The museum and additional electronic resources are accompanied by a brief description of what the site or museum contains. This list, however, does not warrant this item's purchase for a collection. Younger readers would be better served by North American Indian (DK, 2005) and older readers by a subject-specific encyclopedia. The series also includes books on the tools of the ancient Greeks, Ancient Romans, and timekeeping, among other topics.
KLIATT - Patricia Moore
It is unfortunate that the word "kid" is in the subtitle of this book because, after the title, there is nothing childish or condescending in its well-edited pages. The text summarizes what is known about the major Indian tribal groupings throughout what is now the United States, complete with a timeline that traces the development of early civilizations on this continent from 20,000 BCE, an appendix that lists museums and family learning sites state by state, and a list of pertinent websites. In each geographical grouping, the tools the people used to build their shelter and organize their daily life are described and depicted. Each chapter is also supplemented with maps, illustrations, and vocabulary specific to that culture as well as suggested hands-on activities. This may be called a "kid's" book, but there is nothing juvenile about it; every reader can learn from it.
Children's Literature - Barbara Youngblood
This is an excellent book to use with children as they study Native Americans. After laying the groundwork of history for the first Americans and the earliest periods of time, the book is divided into various geographical areas of the North American continent. Within each area, various tribes and their lifestyles are described and the reader is invited to try an art form or everyday lifestyle activity that was common to that tribe. Kids can make a sand painting, practice irrigation techniques of the Southwest, or enjoy a game played by Inuits in their igloos on a stormy winter day. The author explains many daily activities of the various tribes. Each chapter has a "words to know" area, and a glossary at the back of the book includes all the words. Indian museums for each state are provided for future reference, many with web site listings. An index, a bibliography, and web site references are included. Children and adults will enjoy this book as they learn more about The First Americans.
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Gr 5–8
Offering a historical overview from the arrival of the first people in the Americas (20,000 B.C.E.-8000 B.C.E.) to the early 1800s, this title focuses on their development of various items used to survive and thrive, such as silos, snares, and spears. "Words to Know" boxes define text that may be unfamiliar to readers, while other informational boxes provide added detail on relevant topics. More than a dozen activities to extend the learning experience are scattered throughout the book. They range from basic paper-and-crayon exercises to a complex project designed to help children build their own Quinzy (snow cave). This project, which requires the use of a shovel, tarp, candle, and matches, and instructs readers to cut pine boughs, would require adult supervision (although this is never stated). Pedestrian black-and-white illustrations do little to enhance the text. There is sufficient information here to assist report writers but little to draw the attention of browsers.
—Deanna RomriellCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974934488
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Series: Tools of Discovery series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author


Kim Kavin is the author of The Everything Family Travel Guide to Cruise Vacations. She lives in Califon, New Jersey.
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