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  1. Dorie

    This one by Holling sounds interesting. I’m familiar with his ‘geography’ books like Paddle to the Sea, but have never read anything else by him. Will be on the look out for a copy for next year (it will fit in nicely with our history).

  2. We read a couple of his books last year when N1 was part of her tutorial – Seabird and Tree in the Trail. (I seem to remember more about Seabird and enjoyed it. The art is wonderful!)

  3. We read The Book of Indians a couple of years back and loved it. I thought the chapter on the west coast was particularly interesting, and the chapter on the Southwest as well. Paddle to the Sea is also a favorite in our house. My oldest is reading Minn of the Mississippi this year and seems to be enjoying, wanting to read ahead. 🙂 Holling C. Holling combines fact and fiction in the most captivating way. My boys love it!

  4. I purchased several of Holling’s books (seems I always have a full Amazon wish list!) I briefly looked for this one but unfortunately, many of the copies sounded damaged. I’ll keep searching – it’ll round out our collection nicely. Thank you for the thorough review.

  5. Can anyone join the Book Blogs community? I’m always reading and recently decided to write more reviews of those books that “speak” to me. Thanks!

  6. I like how you point out that if there is a “stereotypical” way of viewing someone, it’s because they were like this at one point in time to give us such an idea. Again and alongside you not saying that every Indian you meet should be thought to dress this way.

    Fascinating review of what sounds like a really fun book!

  7. I love Holling — we have read Paddle to the Sea, which was great!

    I missed linking up today (just ran out of time), but we read The Chocolate Touch, The Phantom Tollboth, and Half Magic (I think that was based off a recommendation from your blog, maybe??).

    Thanks again for great suggestions, Amy!

  8. p.s. after you read “Paddle to the Sea” there is a very old movie of it that is on Youtube (I think I even blogged about it last year shortly before we went to the Great Lakes) which is priceless!!

  9. I picked up a couple of Holling books at a used book sale this fall. I plan to use them with our home school next year. As for bias in old books, I wonder what the next generation will think of the bias in all the books being published now. 🙂

  10. I love Holling C. Holling’s books. I have this book, though we haven’t read it. We will probably implement it next year in our American History study. So far, my favorite Holling book has been Pagoo.

  11. I looked for this one for our Native American study but our library didn’t have it. We have enjoyed other Holling books, in particular Paddle to the Sea and Pagoo. I missed participating this week but I’ll be back next week. 🙂

  12. I love Hollings and used most of his books when we homeschooled full time; I just have one left at home. I haven’t read this or it’s companion on cowboys but it sounds great.

    I am not a PC person and have no time for those who are. I always look at old books as being a product of their own time. What was the author’s purpose in 1935? Was it to make children (people) aware of the human dignity of these people according to 1930s sensibilities? Or was he using 1930s racial slurs and belittling the people? It’s easy enough to tell an author’s objective without superimposing our 21st sensibilities upon them.

  13. Teka Lynn

    I loved this book as a child (I am Anglo). If I remember correctly, Holling took great pains in the text to inform his readers that NOT all pre-Columbian Native Americans wore eagle-feather war bonnets and lived in tipis. He stressed that each geographical group had its own way of interacting with the environment, and that their folkways were as diverse as the lands they lived in.

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