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Title:
When the rain sings : poems by young Native Americans
Author:
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Physical Description:
xx, 76 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Summary:
A collection of poems written by young Native Americans, inspired by or matched with photographs of artifacts and people from the National Museum of the American Indian.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
ISBN:
9780689822834
Format :
Book

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A collection of poems written by young Native Americans, inspired by or matched with photographs of artifacts and people from the National Museum of the American Indian.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-10. Published under the auspices of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, this collection includes 37 poems by young Native Americans from across the U.S. The poets, ranging in age from 7 to 17, part of a mentoring program for Native writers, wrote in response to original photos or pictures of objects found in the museum's collections. The poems vary in intensity, mood, and complexity, but the poets' voices are unwavering in their sincerity and passion. By pairing each poem with its corresponding photo, the collection gives readers a deeper appreciation and understanding of the poetry and the honesty and skill of these young contemporary writers. An excellent addition to poetry collections in school and public libraries. Tribal and object information is appended. --Karen Hutt


Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-A collection of poems by Native Americans in grades 2-12. Most of these selections were written in response to images of Native artifacts or historical photographs. The young writers' personal reactions and associations to these images leave readers with a strong sense of each one's experience as a modern Indian, and of the values that each holds dear. The book is a work of art in itself, with dozens of full-color and black-and-white photos from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The pages are also decorated with detailed border designs. Eight nations are represented, with brief descriptions of the character of each people. While the poems are suitable for younger children to hear aloud, the book is small and would not work with a large group. There are no other collections like this.-Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.