Annotated Bibliography – Non-Fiction

Childrens’ Non-Fiction

Capaldi, G., “A Boy Named Beckoning:  The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero.” Minneapolis, Carolrhoda Books. 2008.  Ages 6 and up, 32 pp

Gina Capaldi authored and illustrated this account of the life of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, a Yawatapi Indian kidnapped as a boy and sold to a white man.  Dr. Montezuma narrates the tale recalling his memories, and Capaldi uses her own illustrations and photographs from the time of his youth to bring the story to life.  An extensive bibliography accompanies the book.  This is one of the great Indian heroes, and this would be incorporated into the “Native Heroes” Storytime.

Hunter, S., “Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition.”  Minneapolis, Lerner. 1997.  Ages 4 and up, 40 pp.

Set in the present, this book describes the modern life of a mixed Hochunk and Ashinaabe (Ojibwa) family.  Describing the circle of planting, harvesting, drying and beginning the cycle again of corn, while also showing us that Native people are the same as others in their community.  A good book for showing how much we are the same as people, how modern native families are very much like our own, rather than showing our differences

Patent, D., “The Buffalo and the Indians: a Shared Destiny.”  New York, Houghton Mifflin.  2006.  Ages 7 and up, 128 pp.

For information on the history of Native hunting of buffalo and just how valuable and revered this animal is to Native people, this book is an amazing source.  With historical photos, paintings and illustrations as well as quotes from Native Americans, and bibliographic references, this is a well-done book that could be used in programming as historical reference, or recommended reading for a middle school student interested in buffalo or Native peoples.  For a “Buffalo Day”  of programming, we would explain the sacred buffalo, and how much the Indians used it to survive, yet never killed more than they could eat or use.  My programming for this day includes a videoconference or visit from a Ranger.

Perez, G., “Through the Eyes of the Eagle.”  Atlanta, GA, United States Department Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control.  1999.  Ages 5 and up, 32 pp.

Perez gives Native Americans some things to think about regarding their health and diabetes.  The story is told through the sad eye of the bald eagle, which assumes the role of the tribal elder, talking to a child of the tribe with respect.  The illustrators are both Indians, Patrick Rolo (Ojibwa) and Lisa Fifield (Oneida), created a beautiful book.  I found one illustration interestingly problematic:  On page 20, where the tribal children are playing video games and drinking pop, there is a poster of an Indian Chief in full headdress which says Native Pride.  I found it an interesting choice for the image.  This would be used on a lesson about eating right and staying healthy tied in to a visit from a healthcare provider.

Sneve, V., “The Cherokees.”  New York, Holiday House. 1996.  Ages 5-12, 64 pp

A very good factual account of the Cherokee people, describing their lives, the activities of the tribe and their eventual movement by the US Government along the “Trail of Tears.”  The book is nicely illustrated by Ronald Himler, and the drawings seem to be authentic.  Informative, and filled with quotes from Native people.  I will use it along with Cherokee tales to highlight the Cherokee people’s lives and depending on the audience, the Trail of Tears.

Walker, P., “Remember Little Bighorn:  Indians, Soldiers and Scouts Tell Their Stories”  Washington, DC, National Geographic Society. 2006.  Ages 8 and up, 61 pp.

Riveting and historically accurate, Remember Little Bighorn is written by one of the Rangers at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Paul Walker.  Walker tells us of the buildup to the battle and offers many historical photos, maps, paintings and news accounts of the day.  Tough a non-fiction book, for one interested in the subject it is a fascinating account of the entire battle – something which is much easier 134 years later as facts have been unearthed!  At the end of the book Walker also supplies several timelines regarding the supplication of the Indians from the East Coast across the West.  I would love to teleconference with Ranger Walker, and show the Little Big Horn.  This would be for the older children, but could be part of a Strategy and Gaming program.

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