This book captivated me. The written prose painted a rich tapestry of words. The vivid illustrations are an integral part of the story.
This paragraph is a great example of the word paintings in the book.
"Now that they had gathered the white light of morning and the red light of evening, Mother Bear and Lump Lump had to wait until it rained so they could catch the falling rain. But each morning when Lump Lump poked his head out of the den, the ground was spotted with early light. And each night after Blue Bird finished telling stories and Lump Lump lay nice and snug next to Mother Bear in the den, all he heard was the click-click of the branches and the soft rustle of the autumn leaves."
I appreciated the information that the author provided about who she worked with to make this book accurate. - Barbara Teller Ornelas, 6th generation Navajo weaver. - Cathy Notarnicola, Curator Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. - Dr Paul Apodaca, Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies at Chapman University - Darrell and Lorna Smith, longtime biologists and carnivore specialists
As a librarian I believe this book will be a favorite of my students.
Further Resources http://gwenjacksonstories.com htpp://navajorugweavers.com
C is for Chickasaw by Wiley Barnes Illustrations by Aaron Long
These two companion books blew my socks off. The first book uses the alphabet to tell the Chickasaw story, in a very concise way. I really liked that the author not only include the "Old Time" history, but included "contemporary" history and the people involved. The author shows that the Chickasaw culture is a living and growing culture.
History told via the alphabet.
Glossary (English and Chickasaw)
Activity and Discussion Questions.
The companion book, is a coloring book by the same author and illustrator. I think using the two books together will provide the reader with many opportunities to learn about the Chickasaw nation.
I wanted to also mention that there is an app available. On Google Play, Amazon, and Apple for IOS and Android devises.