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The Sioux (First Americans Books) Hardcover – September, 1993


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From Publishers Weekly

The focus of these handsomely illustrated titles in the First Americans series is on the history, beliefs and daily life of the Sioux and the Navajos during the 18th century in, respectively, the northern Plains and the open expanses of what is now New Mexico and Arizona. Necessarily simplifying the tribes' stories for her young audience, the author includes age-appropriate information about children's activities and responsibilities, as well as descriptions of each nation's housing, livelihood, social and cultural activities, and key rituals and ceremonies. Curiously, although Sneve spent her childhood on the Rosebud Sioux reservation, her accounts of this tribe's confrontations with white settlers and U.S. troops, and of the lives of the Sioux today, are much less substantive than those in The Navajos . In fact, her one-page description of "The Sioux Today" reveals nothing about their status except how some Sioux live on reservations and many "live in cities and towns and still treasure their Sioux heritage." Still, with the significant contribution of Himler's striking oil paintings, these books provide colorful sketches of two intriguing tribes. Ages 8-11.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 3-6-These two books are the first titles in another series about Native Americans, presented in a picture-book format. Sneve offers brief comments on the two tribes in question. Generally cultural in emphasis, each title features an abridged origin story, an explanation of how the people got where they were at the time of contact, their first interactions with whites, family and village life, religion and ceremonies, battles, and lives today. Illustrations are soft, indistinct watercolors that provide little additional or supporting information. Also, the montage of people in the "today" section features historical as well as contemporary figures, confusing the past and present. The tribal "New True" books (Childrens) provide a lot more information.
Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: First Americans Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082341017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823410170
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,457,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is somewhat more sophisticated than the reading level ages 4-8.There is some very detailed information that I've never seen anywhere else.My son wasn't interested in this book, but after we read it, he agreed-it was excellent.
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