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Turtle Island ABC : A Gathering of Native American Symbols

Hausman, Gerald, Illustrated by Barry & Cara Moser

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ISBN 10: 0060213078 / ISBN 13: 9780060213077
Published by NY: HarperCollins, 1994, 1994
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Hard Cover. NEAR FINE, in a Near Fine dustjacket. . First Edition, first Printing. A Native American alphabet book. Spine of book slanted, else fine. Bookseller Inventory # 00125

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Title: Turtle Island ABC : A Gathering of Native ...

Publisher: NY: HarperCollins, 1994

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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An alphabet book of traditional Native American symbols.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-This alphabet book, compiled by the author of a number of collections of myths and stories from Indian traditions for adults, serves as a vehicle to present some key elements of Native American philosophies to children. One letter is featured per page on a full-color background in shades of red, purple, orange, or brown. The letter C is illustrated by corn, H by a hummingbird, B by a buffalo, etc., but the images are overwhelmed by the overbearing background palettes. Each entity speaks to readers in its own voice, explaining what it is and what function it fulfills in Native American life. This works well, and the text flows like poetry, conveying feelings much more than information. Everything is attributed to "The People," but only occasionally are the various items linked to their cultural homes. Although never made clear, the focus is on the Southwestern tribes, reflecting the author's association with them. Some symbols are common throughout the Americas, such as R for round or D for drum, but some are not particularly Native American (L for light and N for name), while others (K for kachina) have a unique tribal connection that is ignored. There is a slight New Age flavor to the book. Illustrations that lack sharpness and specificity mar this well-intentioned effort.
Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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