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Not a bad first book... but on the other hand...
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2016
On the one hand, it's not a bad first book about Native Americans for the pre-K/Kindergarten crowd. My 5-year-old enjoys it. On the other hand, the descriptions of the cultures are rather shallow, so it certainly should be supplemented. But with what? There is so little out there for children on this topic. And finally, I know not everyone will agree with me, but the end when the "people from England" arrive, it comes across as patronizing of the Native Americans (they frightened the new settlers, but they turned out to be honest and generous...), and very quickly skips straight to the existence of modern-day reservations without mentioning the ugliness that brought us to this point and the sometimes grim reality now... I mean, I know it's a children's book, but I'm of the opinion that more people don't take this aspect of American history seriously partly because they weren't taught the full story as children (which communicates that it isn't very important).