Uses question and answer format to describe life for Indian children long ago, as they learned to preserve their culture and prepared for adulthood.
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Grade 4-7 A look at the way in which Indian children grew up ``long ago'' (no time period is mentioned). In a question and answer format, Wolfson covers the care of babies, discipline, schooling, toys, games, and the process of entering adulthood. In answering each question Wolfson makes general statements first, following with specific practices of selected individual tribes. Besides offering variety, this format shows readers how the influence of tradition, geography, and environment affected certain practices. Origins of superstitions, religious practices, and philosophies are woven throughout the book. The final chapter deftly explains the effect that life on reservations has had on the perpetuation of tribal customs, religions, education, and tradition. An up-to-date list of accessible suggested readings and a bibliography will lead children to additional readings on Indian history, literature, crafts, games and habitats. Bock supports the text with detailed pen-and-ink illustrations. Browsers as well as report writers may be drawn to the book due to its inviting layout. Wolfson gives children a chance to see the individuality of a people while recognizing the universal qualities in everyone. Cynthia Dobrez, Oak Lawn Public Library, Ill.
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Book Description Walker Books for Young Readers, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0802775063