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We are the many : a picture books of American Indians
Rappaport, Doreen.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2002]

Physical Description:
28 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A collection of short, illustrated biographies of sixteen influential Native Americans, from Tisquantum, who helped the Pilgrims survive the winter of 1622, to Sherman Alexie, a contemporary poet, novelist, and screenwriter.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 0.5 64451.

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E89 .R35 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E89 .R35 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E89 .R35 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E89 .R35 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
E89 .R35 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E89 .R35 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A dedicated doctor drives her horse through a blinding snowstorm to tend a child sick with pneumonia.An athlete, lagging behind, pumps his arms and flies past his competitors in the 1,500-meter race, to win an Olympic gold medal.In a tangled jungle in the South Pacific, an American marine baffles Japanese codebreakers with an ingenious code based on the Navajo language.Susan La Flesche Picotte, Jim Thorpe, and William McCabe are just three of the distinguished American Indians you will meet in this book- Acclaimed author Doreen Rappaport re-created one dramatic moment in each person's life to give you a glimpse of their incredible accomplishments. Each portrait has been thoroughly researched and is beautifully evoked by noted artists Ying-Hwa Hu and Cornelius Van Wright.Beginning with Tisquantum teaching the Pilgrims how to survive in a new land and ending 370 years later with Sherman Alexie writing a poem, this book provides young readers with a fresh, exciting first took at the great history and culture of American Indians.

Author Notes

Author Doreen Rappaport is well-known for her groundbreaking approach to multicultural history and literature for young readers. In her many award-winning books, she brings attention to not yet celebrated Americans, along with more well-known figures. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and a rural village in upstate New York.
Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu have illustrated many distinguished picture books. The couple lives with their daughter and son in New York City.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 3. From Tisquantum and the Pilgrims to a Navaho code-breaker in WW II to contemporary writer Sherman Alexie, this collective biography introduces 13 famous Native Americans from several nations. For each profile, there is a page of brief text opposite a handsome watercolor painting. Although the author and artists provide full notes about their research and discuss the difficulty of finding facts without written records and photographs, their solution of "recreating one moment" from each person's life often blurs fact and fiction and is decidedly unsatisfactory as a model for kids' own research and critical thinking. The imagined episodes are most useful when there is direct information available, as in the description of Maria Tallchief's performance of the Nutcracker. But then why not just use direct facts and quotes for people like Tallchief and the Cherokee leader Wilma Mankiller, who have written first-person accounts? After each imagined moment, there is a very brief biographical note; that and the source notes and Web sites to further research, as well as the fine illustrations, will make this useful, especially since there is so little else available on the subject for this age group. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-In 13 double-page chapters, 16 people are brought to light. One incident from each person's life is re-created, giving a quick, snapshot-style view of the individual's contribution to the world. Arranged in chronological order, the profiles begin with Tisquantum, known also as Squanto, and close with Sherman Alexie, a Navajo poet and novelist born in 1966. Students might be familiar with a few subjects (Maria Tallchief, Wilma Mankiller, Sacajawea, Jim Thorpe), but most will be new. The text is large, and sentences are accessible to emerging readers. Each section is uniform-a colorful painting depicting the scene takes up a little over half of the spread, with the narrative beside it. There is some fictionalizing-Ko-watsi'tsi-ni's "-knees trembled as she walked toward the door"-but it is limited and does not detract from the overall worth of the title. The biographies are too short for reports but will spark children's interest. This title is perfect for Native American units.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

SquantoMolly BrantLone DogOsceolaJim Thorpe
Tisquantump. 4
Konwatsi'tsiennip. 6
Shunka-Ishnalap. 8
Sacajaweap. 10
Asiyaholap. 12
Susan La Flesche Picottep. 14
Helena Conley, IDA Conley, Lyda Conleyp. 16
Watha Huckp. 18
Maria Martinez, Julian Martinezp. 20
William McCabep. 22
Maria Tallchiefp. 24
Wilma Mankillerp. 26
Sherman Alexiep. 28
About This Bookp. 30
Pronunciation Guidep. 31
Research Sourcesp. 31
Books and Websites for Young Readersp. 31