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hello!
i'm unschooling my daughters, ages 4 and almost 1. part of just everyday existence for our family is reading. i've started reading aloud the lion, the witch and the wardrobe. we've read it through once already and are starting on the second time.

i'd like to read books similar to the little house on the prairie books only about american indians and their perspective. any ideas? i'd like read aloud books and also picture books. i'm really wanting to be steeped in the first nations perspective before we even dive into what white people did when they came here.

any help is much appreciated!

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the dear america series has a few from that perspective.
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"The Birchbark House" by Louise Erdrich

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What about folk tales and legends? Paul Goble has written (down) a zillion and so has Joseph Bruchac. Here are a few titles to get you started

Thirteen Moons on a turtle's back: A Native American Year of Moons -Bruchac
Four Ancestors: Stories songs and poems from Native North America -Bruchac
Between Earth and Sky: legends of Native American sacred places -Bruchac
Moon mother : a native American creation tale / adapted and illustrated by Ed Young.
Ceremony--in the circle of life / story by White Deer of Autumn ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci.
Paddle-to-the-Sea / written and illustrated by Holling Clancy Holling.
Buffalo woman / story and illustrations by Paul Goble.
The girl who loved wild horses / story and ill. by Paul Goble
Iktomi and the berries / Paul Goble
Love flute : story and illustrations / by Paul Goble

Also the American Girl Kaya is Nez Perce so those might work for chapter books.
There are lots of others once you start searching for them. Good luck!

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The Gift of the Sacred Dog by Goble

Very Last First Time by Andrews

but everything has pros and cons  shrug.gif

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We are doing the same approach here. I strongly suggest using the Native American folk tales and legends before using fictitious books written by non-natives. They are rich with tradition, history and environmental awareness. You can find a lot of them by searching online. Another great thing to do is to try your hands at making some arts and crafts as well as housing models. Not all Native Americans lived in teepees and the homes are such a wonderful and connected way to learn about the environmental impact on lifestyles around North America. Children really seem to grasp this concept.

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thanks, all. if you haven't noticed yet, there is another thread in this forum about nat. am. hsers. it has great resources listed.

about recommended and not books: www.oyate.org.
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GREAT link! THANKS for posting it here!
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