Thanks everybody! I googled a bunch last night also and came up with a few good links:http://www.oyate.org/books-to-avoid/littlehouse.html
- A critical look at the Little house book and their treatment of the Osage from a Native American perspective.http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/P...0/prairie.html
- a list of related topics, many of which seem to have expired, but some are cool!http://americanindiansinchildrenslit...e_archive.html
- a very thoughtful blog about NAs in children's lit, including a bunch or references/resourceshttp://lauraingallswilder.com/homesites.asp
- links to local museums around the midwest celebrating Laura Ingalls Wilderhttp://www.mahalo.com/Little_House_on_the_Prairie
- big list o' crap that I haven't sorted through yethttp://www.kansastravel.org/littlehouseontheprairie.htm
- pics of replica cabins they lived in and a pretty good map for their travelshttp://www.nationalgeographic.com/xp.../g35/home.html
- a lesson plan that is eh, but includes a great! printable map, just click the text linkhttp://arkarcheology.uark.edu/indian...20Perspectives
- an amazing site with history/stories of various tribes including the Osagehttp://frodo.marshall.edu/~irby1/laura/index.html
- a site of questionable authenticity but appealing for kids to use
When we first read LHOTP I had forgotten about the incredible racism in the book, so I was reading along and then had to abruptly stop! and actually censored much of the book as my ds was only four, and I wasn't ready/didn't feel like getting deeply into the history of violence and racism in our country (among other topics! like I said he was four so we had not discussed war, murder, racism, sexism, etc. He was a young four and had no clue about any the evil in life yet.)
This time, however, I feel he is more ready to receive an introduction to the actual history and realities of the time and setting.
What I am still looking for is a comparable book just telling about a Native American child's life in the days before the European settlers arrived. Not a scary or issue-laden book, but one with a main character he can relate to and want to pretend to be. Any suggestions?