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Introduces the reader to the science of archeology and tracing the development of the Native American civilizations from the migration of people to Alaska from Asia during the Ice Age to the first contact with the Europeans. Includes an eight-page full-color picture essay.
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Grade 4-6-A clearly written, solidly organized overview of prehistoric Native Americans. After an introductory discussion of archaeology and the techniques used to study artifacts, Childress traces the Paleo-Indians' trek across Beringia and their dispersion into different regional and cultural groups. She describes what is known about sustenance, housing, utensils, weapons, and customs. The text is accessible, and words defined in the brief glossary are italicized in the text. With two or three exceptions, the black-and-white photographs and maps are well placed with informative captions. The index is thorough and useful. However, documentation is incomplete; two direct quotes are not attributed to their sources, supporting information for some of the author's statements is lacking, and there is no bibliography. This title is suitable for reports. Students could also be guided to Helen Roney Sattler's The Earliest Americans (Houghton, 1993), which builds on Childress's fundamental premises.
Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Kids ages 8-12 will find this a fine reference to the early peoples who lived in North America from Ice Age times to the arrival of Europeans in North America. Maps, photos of relics, and discussions of all known facts are lively and revealing. -- Midwest Book Review
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