Children of Native America Today

Aug 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-1: Telling Our Stories, Media Reviews

CHILDREN OF NATIVE AMERICA COVERby Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Arlene Hirschfelder
Charlesbridge Publishing (2003), Watertown, MA
64 pages
ISBN 1-5709-1499-0 
Hardcover $19.95

Review by Susan Skinner

This hardcover children’s book showcases different Native communities and urban Native people with four or more engaging photographs on every two-page spread. Twenty-five representative groups in the United States were chosen from the Southwest, Northeast, Central, Plains, and Basin-Plateau regions, as well as California/Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.

The text is a little dry, but it does contain a wealth of information, including a map, glossary, and resources for further study.

Co-author Dennis is of Cherokee and Arab descent. Hirschfelder has won many writing awards and has worked over 20 years for the Association on American Indian Affairs. Reluctant readers could learn much from just the photographs and captions highlighting kids in different settings.  I would highly recommend this book for both classroom use and library purchase.

Susan Skinner is the reference and children’s librarian at Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago, NE. She received her Master’s Degree in Library Science in May 2005.

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