Sunday, August 18, 2013

Children Of The Tipi ~ Life In The Buffalo Days~ Edited by Michael Oren Fitgerald

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Tales (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937786099

July 1, 2013 4 - 8 years
What was it like to grow up in the world of the pre-reservation Plains Indians before the coming of the white settlers? Prior to our modern era of television, video games, and computers how did American Indian children live, learn, and play? In this beautifully illustrated book, award-winning author, Michael Oren Fitzgerald, combines stunning photographs and simple quotations by Indian chiefs and elders to explain to today’s youth what life would have been like growing up on the American plains.
Children of the Tipi includes sections on boys and girls at play, camp life, and the important role of parents and grandparents. It features historical sepia photographs of children at work and play, as well as detailed color photographs of their toys, tools, and everyday objects.

My take on this book:
Even though this book is geared toward children as someone who enjoys history I found myself totally enamoured with this book!  "Children Of The Tipi" allows the reader to glimpse what was like growing up on the American Plains. Mr. Fitzgerald use of black and white photos of actual Native Americans along with interesting artifacts really is a visual treat for the reader. The book covers many interesting topics such as the importance of horses, the role of the parents and grandparents, a glimpse of daily camp life, including the making of pottery, jewelry and rugs. The story is told in quotes from Native American's that lived before 1904. A beautiful book with an interesting look at Native American life. Anyone who reads this book will come away with plenty of knowledge of life for a Native American child growing up during a time when the west had yet to be tamed.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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