Reviews for Children of the Tipi : Life in the Buffalo Days


School Library Journal Reviews 2013 July

Gr 3-6--This gem showcases the traditional life of the Plains Indians who "resist[ed] the white encroachment" the longest. Although the tribes included had varied cultures, Fitzgerald focuses on two common themes: moral character and the "sacred quality of virgin Nature." Categorized under headings such as "Mothers," "Girls at Play," "Boys Love Bows and Arrows," "Daily Camp Life," "Music and Dance," "Living in Nature," and "The Olden Days Have Vanished," each section is generously illustrated with sepia-toned archival photos. Quotes from important members of the tribes, people who had experienced firsthand or learned the traditional ways from elders, make up most of the text. Some of the quotes seem tangential at times. Others have been simplified for the intended audience, but they are not identified. The images are carefully positioned, and spot color photos of cultural artifacts add detail to each topic. The concluding pages, "…But Many Traditions Live On," switch to color pictures of modern children participating in traditional activities. For the art alone, this will be a useful addition.--Carol S. Surges, formerly at Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI

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