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A young Haida Indian and his sister try out his new canoe and become caught in a storm
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Grade 2-4 This series aims to help fill the demand for easy-to-read materials on Native Americans. The stories are short, printed in large, bold type. On each page there is less text than illustrationwatercolor scenes of Indian life, with awkwardly drawn faces and figures, but pleasant coloration and abundant detail. Each tale is preceded by a four-paragraph introduction (the first three paragraphs in each book are the same), followed by a few pages of background information and a map of North America, showing the locations of the Haida, Blackfoot, Crow, Sioux and Iroquois, the tribes mentioned in the series. The authors have packed a great deal of historical and cultural detail into each short, pared-down story. In the process, of course, much has had to be omitted, and the tales raise almost as many questions as they answer. In Featherboy and the Buffalo , for instance, a Sioux boy is led by crows to a herd of buffalo, just in time to save his hungry tribe. It is not clear from the text why he "felt he had to follow the crows," or why, at the feast, he thanked them "secretly." There is no suggestion that he was given his name after the adventure. There is also little or no characterization, and the prose contains passive constructions, ellipses and words like "amongst" which may well puzzle the intended audience of beginning readers. Of limited value. Gale Eaton, formerly at Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
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Book Description Silver Burdett Company, 1985. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110382068939