We Are the Many: A Picture Book of American Indians

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9780688165598: We Are the Many: A Picture Book of American Indians

A dedicated doctor drives her horse through a blinding snowstorm to tend a child sick with pneumonia.

An athlete, lagging behind, pumps his arms and flies past his competitors in the 1,500-meter race, to win an Olympic gold medal.

In a tangled jungle in the South Pacific, an American marine baffles Japanese codebreakers with an ingenious code based on the Navajo language.

Susan La Flesche Picotte, Jim Thorpe, and William McCabe are just three of the distinguished American Indians you will meet in this book- Acclaimed author Doreen Rappaport re-created one dramatic moment in each person's life to give you a glimpse of their incredible accomplishments. Each portrait has been thoroughly researched and is beautifully evoked by noted artists Ying-Hwa Hu and Cornelius Van Wright.

Beginning with Tisquantum teaching the Pilgrims how to survive in a new land and ending 370 years later with Sherman Alexie writing a poem, this book provides young readers with a fresh, exciting first took at the great history and culture of American Indians.

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Doreen Rappaport is known for her ground-breaking approach to multicultural history and stories for young readers. In her many award-winning books, she brings attention to not-yet-celebrated Americans, along with well-known figures. A former teacher of music and reading, Doreen knows how to capture children's attention. Her dynamic formats engage even the most reluctant readers.

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Caldecott Honor Book for Illustration, ALA Notable Book, and is on the Blue Ribbon list of the Bulletin Center for Children’s Books. Her newest book, We Are The Many: A Picture Book of American Indians, introduces the accomplishments of sixteen distinguished American Indians. Her classic Escape From Slavery presents the history of the Underground Railroad through adventure stories. The Boston Coffee Party introduces children to a neglected event in history books and shows the active roles played by women during the Revolutionary War.

Over next two years, HarperCollins will publish Doreen's Off to America: A Picture Book of Jewish Americans; Victory or Death: Stories of the American Revolution, and United No More: Stories of the Civil War, the latter two co-authored with Joan Verniero.

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K-Gr. 3. From Tisquantum and the Pilgrims to a Navaho code-breaker in WW II to contemporary writer Sherman Alexie, this collective biography introduces 13 famous Native Americans from several nations. For each profile, there is a page of brief text opposite a handsome watercolor painting. Although the author and artists provide full notes about their research and discuss the difficulty of finding facts without written records and photographs, their solution of "recreating one moment" from each person's life often blurs fact and fiction and is decidedly unsatisfactory as a model for kids' own research and critical thinking. The imagined episodes are most useful when there is direct information available, as in the description of Maria Tallchief's performance of the Nutcracker. But then why not just use direct facts and quotes for people like Tallchief and the Cherokee leader Wilma Mankiller, who have written first-person accounts? After each imagined moment, there is a very brief biographical note; that and the source notes and Web sites to further research, as well as the fine illustrations, will make this useful, especially since there is so little else available on the subject for this age group. Hazel Rochman
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