We Are the Many: A Picture Book of American Indians

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A dedicated doctor drives her horse through a blinding snowstorm to tend a child sick with pneumonia.

An athlete, lagging behind, pumps his arms and flies past his competitors in the 1,500-meter race, to win an Olympic gold medal.

In a tangled jungle in the South Pacific, an American marine baffles Japanese codebreakers with an ingenious code based on the Navajo language.

Susan La Flesche Picotte, Jim Thorpe, ...

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Overview

A dedicated doctor drives her horse through a blinding snowstorm to tend a child sick with pneumonia.

An athlete, lagging behind, pumps his arms and flies past his competitors in the 1,500-meter race, to win an Olympic gold medal.

In a tangled jungle in the South Pacific, an American marine baffles Japanese codebreakers with an ingenious code based on the Navajo language.

Susan La Flesche Picotte, Jim Thorpe, and William McCabe are just three of the distinguished American Indians you will meet in this book- Acclaimed author Doreen Rappaport re-created one dramatic moment in each person's life to give you a glimpse of their incredible accomplishments. Each portrait has been thoroughly researched and is beautifully evoked by noted artists Ying-Hwa Hu and Cornelius Van Wright.

Beginning with Tisquantum teaching the Pilgrims how to survive in a new land and ending 370 years later with Sherman Alexie writing a poem, this book provides young readers with a fresh, exciting first took at the great history and culture of American Indians.

A collection of short, illustrated biographies of sixteen influential Native Americans, from Tisquantum, who helped the Pilgrims survive the winter of 1622, to Sherman Alexie, a contemporary poet, novelist, and screenwriter.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In 13 double-page chapters, 16 people are brought to light. One incident from each person's life is re-created, giving a quick, snapshot-style view of the individual's contribution to the world. Arranged in chronological order, the profiles begin with Tisquantum, known also as Squanto, and close with Sherman Alexie, a Navajo poet and novelist born in 1966. Students might be familiar with a few subjects (Maria Tallchief, Wilma Mankiller, Sacajawea, Jim Thorpe), but most will be new. The text is large, and sentences are accessible to emerging readers. Each section is uniform-a colorful painting depicting the scene takes up a little over half of the spread, with the narrative beside it. There is some fictionalizing-Ko-watsi'tsi -ni's "-knees trembled as she walked toward the door"-but it is limited and does not detract from the overall worth of the title. The biographies are too short for reports but will spark children's interest. This title is perfect for Native American units.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen distinguished American Indians, from Tisquantum and Sacajawea to Wilma Mankiller and Sherman Alexie, are profiled here. In three or four brief paragraphs, Rappaport (No More!, p. 49, etc.) imagines a vivid scene for the reader ("Osceola fell backward. His rifle fell to the ground. He clutched his shoulder. It felt like burning") and introduces the person and their achievements in a few sentences. Her prose is straightforward and precise—though it occasionally becomes halting, as she avoids clauses and compound sentences. The text, on one-third of each spread, is accompanied by a bright, attractive watercolor illustration that helps set the scene. Birth and death dates, Indian and English names, and tribe are given at the head of each spread. Useful endmatter includes a pronunciation guide, separate lists of research sources and suggested books, and Web sites for young readers (with works by Native authors marked), as well as notes from the author and illustrators on their research process. Rappaport gives examples of the type of works she looked at in order to imagine or recreate her scenes. Her coverage of each person is so brief that this won’t be useful for reports, but it might be used as a browser by students, or for teachers to introduce a unit. (Nonfiction. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060011390
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/3/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen Rappaport

Doreen Rappaport is well known for her groundbreaking approach to multicultural history and literature for young readers. Her many books include Victory or Death: Stories of the American Revolution; We Are The Many: A Picture Book of American Indians; and Martin’s Big Words, winner of the Jane Addams Book Award. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and a rural village in upstate New York.

Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu have illustrated many distinguished picture books, including Jewels, by Belinda Rochelle (Dutton), which was selected as a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. The couple lives in New York City with their daughter and son.

Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu have illustrated many distinguished picture books, including Jewels, by Belinda Rochelle (Dutton), which was selected as a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. The couple lives in New York City with their daughter and son.

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Table of Contents

Tisquantum 4
Konwatsi'tsienni 6
Shunka-Ishnala 8
Sacajawea 10
Asiyahola 12
Susan La Flesche Picotte 14
Helena Conley, IDA Conley, Lyda Conley 16
Watha Huck 18
Maria Martinez, Julian Martinez 20
William McCabe 22
Maria Tallchief 24
Wilma Mankiller 26
Sherman Alexie 28
About This Book 30
Pronunciation Guide 31
Research Sources 31
Books and Websites for Young Readers 31
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