Welcome to Kaya's World, 1764: Growing up in a Native American Homeland (American Girls Collection Series: Kaya)by Dottie Raymer, Jodi Evert
Photographs, illustrations, and anecdotes, both factual and fictional, describe a Nez Perce girl's experiences growing up in the mid-eighteenth century.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyWelcome to Kaya's World 1764 by Dottie Raymer is the latest entry in the series that fills in the factual details in the worlds of the American Girls Collection characters. This nonfiction book focuses on the Native American Nez Perce culture over the past 240 years and shows readers what life was like for Kaya, from the clothes people wore to the ceremonies they practiced. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteratureThere are books we want and books we need, and this one falls into both categories. Part of the "American Girls Collection," this entry takes the reader into the land of the Nez Perce Indians�our present day northwest�with keen text and rich artistic displays on every page. Entering Kaya's world, the reader is privileged to embark on a historically significant journey-of-sorts into a virtual museum that gives tribute to the Nez Perce tribe. Outstanding illustrations and photography grace the book from cover-to-cover and give evidence of thorough research. The Nez Perce heritage is presented with dignity and creativity. Young readers who pursue various characters in the American Girls fictional series will be drawn to this collection as well. An asset to the social studies curriculum, this book will enhance investigations in science, history, geography, and many other areas. One noteworthy section shows the reader how dresses were made from deer, followed by fascinating facts about ceremonial clothing and adornments. While Kaya shares her dream of becoming a leader for her tribe, the courage and bravery of the women around her is evident. Readers of all ages will treasure this book. 2003, Pleasant Company,
Robin Overby Cox
Kirkus ReviewsFans of the American Girls' series titles featuring the Nez Perce girl, Kaya, will devour this information-filled book-a valuable resource providing a view of the Nez Perce culture. Topics range from how the Nez Perce obtained horses, games the children played, and naming traditions, to many other aspects of life on the prairie. Photographs and realistic drawings help to clarify the text. The facts are attractively presented, although information from other time periods may cause confusion as to just what was part of the culture during the 1700s. An illustration of a pair of high-topped shoes is from the mid-1900s, a decorated dress is from the mid-1800s, and a photo of a courting couple from 1903. The images will be a strong force for misinformation and calls to question how many of the facts are also from other periods. Regardless, discerning readers will find much about the Nez Perce's historical past. (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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