Danny Bigtree encounters racism when he moves from the Mohawk reservation to the city. However, Danny is inspired by the Iroquois hero Aionwahta and by his own father to choose peace. Ages 7-up.
Continue Reading EAGLE SONG by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) with pictures by Dan Andreasen (Dial, 1997) »
In the summer of 1963, Eleanor “Dove” Derrysaw, age 13, is sent to live with her aunt in Kansas. Eleanor comes of age with her first romance, her first job, and a greater appreciation of her Chickasaw heritage while looking to her aunt’s life for inspiration. Ages 8-up.
Continue Reading DOVE DREAM by Hendle Rumbaut (Chickasaw) (Houghton Mifflin, 1994) »
Ida, a young Suqhamish girl, and her people are faced with allotment, boarding schools, and more harsh changes. But through it all, the relationships between this young girl and the people of her community, especially her grandmother, are truly inspiring. Ages 8-up.
Continue Reading DAUGHTER OF SUQUA by Diane Johnston Hamm (Whitman, 1997) »
Touching on the same era as the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this first book in a planned trilogy is in some ways Erdrich’s answer to the imbalance in the way Native-white relations have historically been portrayed in children’s literature. Readers will be engaged by appealing protagonist, Omakayas, educated by this glimpse at Ojibway daily life, and perhaps inspired to look at history with an eye to different points of view.
Continue Reading THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE by Louise Erdrich (Ojibway) (Hyperion, 1999) »