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Written for young people, this small book illustrated by Kathy Kaulback, is a perfect way to learn more about how the native people of the Maritimes lived before white people came to their land.

Powwow

by George Ancona

|February 1, 2001

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This beautiful photo-essay captures the essence of the Native American powwow. The unity of the many tribes engaged in the ceremony, the sense of family, and the cherishing of actively participating children are all themes young people will appreciate. A lively,…

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The Native Stories from Keepers of the Earth is a collection of stories drawn from the oral tradition of Indian groups in the United States and Canada. Tribes include Inuit, Micmac, Maliseet, Mohawk, Zuni, and Hopi. A common thread through these stories is a view…

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The Mohawk tradition teaches children to start each day by giving thanks to Mother Earth, in keeping with the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift, and that the universe represents one great family. The inspirational message of this book and…

Name Calling

by Itah Sadu

|February 2, 1995

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Written with attention to rhythm, like traditional African and Caribbean spoken word, this is an effective and compassionate look at the power of language and how words can be used to hurt or heal.

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Based on the autobiographical writings of acclaimed novelist Zora Neale Hurston, this book tells the "poignant saga of how one of our most signigficant storytellers learned to dream" (Essence). Watercolor illustrations throughout. A Reading Rainbow selection.

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Who Belongs Here? tells the story of Nary, a young boy fleeing war-torn Cambodia for the safety of the United States. To some of his new classmates, however, he is a "chink" who should go back where he belongs. But what if everyone whose family came from another…

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A retelling of a Sioux legend recounts how a woman learns a lesson about selfishness when she take beans from Heetunka the mouse without leaving a gift in return, and so brings the wrath of the gods down on herself. Ages 5 to 12

Dia's Story Cloth

by Dia Cha

|April 1, 1998

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The story cloth, made for the author by her aunt and uncle, chronicles the life of the Hmong people in their native Laos and their eventual immigration to the United States.

A Child's Day

by Bobbie Kalman

|November 1, 2004

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A day in the life of settlers' children is shown through such activities as doing chores, playing games, going to school, & visiting a fair.

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With the irresistible beat of a playground rap, this exuberant book invites readers of all ages to join in a celebration of diversity. A young African-American girl and her friends discover that despite their physical differences-straight hair, curly hair; brown…

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Bobbie Kalman's acclaimed Historic Communities Series provides a close-up view of how people lived more than two hundred years ago. Colorful photos, many taken by Bobbie Kalman herself at restored historic villages across the country, help support the…