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Totem Tale: A Tall Story from Alaska (PAWS IV) Paperback – February 7, 2006
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Deb Vanasse is also the author of Under Alaska's Midnight Sun and Alaska Animal Babies. She lives in Fairbanks, AK. Erik Brooks is known for incorporating Native American art styles in his illustrations. He lives in Seattle.
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The pictures are really quite beautiful. I took a picture of each page to display on my smart board, and the words and the pictures look very nice. The story is a little bit fluffy...but my first graders were okay with it. They liked the fact that the animals come to life...the idea of magic is perfect for that age group. Not sure that my older students would buy into this, and it is too wordy for Kinders. It seems like 1st-2nd would be the perfect age for the book. Because it is pretty wordy, if you wanted your child to read this to you, you would have to read it to them first. There is a lot of alliterations in the story.
So because the story is fluffy, I am giving it 4 stars. I would love there to be actual FACTS about totem poles weaved into the story. The book states that a carver carved the pole and forgot about it...and that together the animals tell a story. Besides those facts there isn't much educational value. It is a fun story, and it got my students in the mood to create their own totem animals.