Native Americans in Children's Literature

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9780897747820: Native Americans in Children's Literature

Build high-interest theme lesson plans that accurately portray Native peoples and cultures with this authoritative guide to the best children's fiction. Professor Jon Stott describes books on Native Americans and their cultures for readers through junior high school age. This highly readable reference book also provides a balanced discussion of the disservice done to Native Americans by misleading, inaccurate, and insensitive books. Stott's perceptive text explains how some well-loved books make mistakes and reinforce stereotypes. He also includes valuable ideas on incorporating stories about Native American traditions and experiences into your lesson plans.

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JON C. STOTT, Ph.D., University of Toronto, is professor of children's literature in the English department, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. A member of the founding board of directors and the first president of the International Children's Literature Association, he has delivered papers, seminars, and workshops to conferences and professional development institutes in over 100 Canadian and American cities and has published articles on the study and teaching of children's literature in British, Canadian, and American journals. He is author of Children's Literature from A to Z: A Guide for Parents and Teachers, Mary Norton, and (with Raymond E. Jones) Canadian Books for Children: A Guide to Authors and Illustrators. With Anila Moss, he is editor of The Family of Stories: An Anthology of Children's Literature.

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With the present controversies about the movies Pocahontas and The Indian in the Cupboard, Stott's book will be of special interest to librarians and teachers who want to give kids good books about Native Americans. A Canadian professor of children's literature, Stott writes in a clear, authoritative, jargon-free style, without the hectoring self-righteousness that characterizes some of the criticism in the field. He discusses general stereotypes and misrepresentations of Indians, but his focus is on good writers and artists and how to use their books with children. An excellent chapter discusses traditional stories and legends, including the great variety of trickster characters. There are insightful essays on Joseph Bruchac, Paul Goble, Gerald McDermott, Jean Craighead George, Michael Dorris, and others who write about history and the contemporary scene. This fine resource introduces children's books that are far from popular images of savages and saints. Hazel Rochman

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