Noted Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac tells how he learned about his Native American background, his daily life, and how he became a writer of books such as A Boy Called Slow; Bowman's Store; Keepers of the Earth; and Thirteen Moons on a Turtle's Back. Using the circle as a metaphor, Bruchac covers a lot of ground, from the prejudice against Native Americans that kept his family from acknowledging their roots for many years to his childhood where he was "the kind of kid none of the other kids liked." He tells of working on two or three books at once, how he keeps journals and cuts out articles that may be useful in his writings, and doing physical work as a way of sorting out his thoughts. The text, slightly longer than other entries in the "Meet the Author" series, invites the reader to share in a life view that includes listening to elders, teachers, each other, and especially the stories around us. Good advice and a valuable addition to the curriculum as well, the book reads aloud as if spoken by a friend to a friend. 1999, Richard C. Owen Publishers,
Gr 2-5-Unique glimpses into the working days and lives of three children's book creators. Each writer describes his childhood, the influences on his writing career, and his work. Adler likes to base his characters on people he knows and also brings such historical figures as Lou Gehrig and Anne Frank to life in biographies. Bruchac draws on his Native American heritage to tell stories about the natural world and to write poetry. Locker starts by painting pictures inspired by the Catskill Mountains near his home and then writes a story to accompany the illustrations. Each simply written entry is accessible to young readers. The books are also filled with wonderful insights into the qualities that make a good writer. Engaging black-and-white and full-color photographs that have a "you-are-there" immediacy are thoughtfully placed throughout the books.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.