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The American Girls books are really surprisingly good, but the one African-American girl, Addy's, storyline is about slavery and escape. I think that might be awfully heavy for most children this young ... the family is sold and broken apart (although I think they're reunited in the North as free people by the end of the series).
I think the portrayal of Native Americans in Little House is surprisingly nuanced. Ma is racist. She's a product of her time, etc., etc., but she pretty much hates the Indians. Pa keeps pointing out that some are nice, some are dangerous, and that after all the Ingalls are building on their land.
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