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Totem poles
Fox, Jennifer, 1976-
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Publication Information:
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 2001.
Physical Description:
46 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"Level 2, grades 1-3."
Reading Level:
320 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 51930.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 23930 Guided reading level: N.
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All Aboard Reading!How do people pass on their legends and their history without written language? For Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest, it was through totem poles. In a book children can read all by themselves, they will discover many fascinating facts about these legendary "storytellers;" how a totem pole was made; the different kinds of totem poles; what the poles mean; and much more. The text is easy and engaging and the beautiful illustrations by Allan Eitzen have the look of woodcuts.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-3. This interesting entry in the All Aboard Reading series is a good introduction to totem poles and their significance to the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. The book begins with an eighteenth-century totem pole raising ceremony. Then it offers more general information about the history of totem poles, the lives of the people who carved them, and the carving process, along with some intriguing legends surrounding the totem poles. Woodcut-style illustrations dabbed with color are a good, hardy choice for the art. A fine example of how much information can be conveyed in an easy-to-read nonfiction book. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Frantz takes on the daunting task of explaining the importance of totem poles to beginning readers. She is most successful when she describes how the poles are made and how they were raised traditionally. To her credit, she shows both historical and contemporary settings. Her description of the place of totem poles in Haida culture is necessarily oversimplified, and her attempt to cover everything in so few pages of limited-vocabulary text results in some sketchy information. She begins with the heading "The Pacific Northwest, 1750," which says very little to first and second graders. She describes a pole-raising event and writes that "People in costumes are dancing," but the woodcut illustrations show no one in costume or dancing until several pages later. Eitzen's art is striking but stylized so it is hard to hold it to accuracy. However, a double-page map that shows a segment of the Canadian-Alaskan coast with an inset that features an outline of northern North America is not going to serve the intended audience well. With no labels on these maps, it will be the rare child who will be able to figure out what is being depicted. Those who want to explore Northwest-coast cultures with a young audience may want to investigate adapting the activities in Nan McNutt's The Bentwood Box and The Button Blanket (both Sasquatch, 1997).-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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