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Tools of Native Americans: A Kid's Guide to the History & Culture of the First Americans

 
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Grade 5–8—Offering a historical overview from the arrival of the first people in the Americas (20,000 B.C.E.-8000 B.C.E.) to the early 1800s, this title focuses on their development of various items used to survive and thrive, such as silos, snares, and spears. "Words to Know" boxes define text that may be unfamiliar to readers, while other informational boxes provide added detail on relevant topics. More than a dozen activities to extend the learning experience are scattered throughout the book. They range from basic paper-and-crayon exercises to a complex project designed to help children build their own Quinzy (snow cave). This project, which requires the use of a shovel, tarp, candle, and matches, and instructs readers to cut pine boughs, would require adult supervision (although this is never stated). Pedestrian black-and-white illustrations do little to enhance the text. There is sufficient information here to assist report writers but little to draw the attention of browsers.—Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT



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