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Named an Honor Book in the Social Studies, Grade K-6 category by theSociety of School Librarians International Focusing on the inventive history of Native Americans—from tools and technology to cultural achievements—this exploration shows how the first Americans, facing varying climates and unconquered lands, found ways to develop food supplies, shelter, religion, games, and jewelry. With fascinating regional histories, including information on the Arctic tribes that fashioned igloos, the Midwest tribes that discovered copper, and the tribes of the Southwest that learned to cultivate maize and beans, children learn the history of the first Americans by understanding how they made use of their region's natural resources.
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Grade 5–8—Offering a historical overview from the arrival of the first people in the Americas (20,000 B.C.E.-8000 B.C.E.) to the early 1800s, this title focuses on their development of various items used to survive and thrive, such as silos, snares, and spears. "Words to Know" boxes define text that may be unfamiliar to readers, while other informational boxes provide added detail on relevant topics. More than a dozen activities to extend the learning experience are scattered throughout the book. They range from basic paper-and-crayon exercises to a complex project designed to help children build their own Quinzy (snow cave). This project, which requires the use of a shovel, tarp, candle, and matches, and instructs readers to cut pine boughs, would require adult supervision (although this is never stated). Pedestrian black-and-white illustrations do little to enhance the text. There is sufficient information here to assist report writers but little to draw the attention of browsers.—Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT
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Book Description Nomad Press, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110974934488