A Second Look: Native Americans in Children's Books

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AuthorHouse, Oct 19, 2007 - Reference - 396 pages
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Four-hundred-twenty-five books are reviewed in this superb collection. A Second Look, Native Americans in Childrens Books gives a thorough examination of the books as a guide for parents, teachers, librarians, and administrators interested in books for children. Anyone involved in selecting books will find this guide useful in working through the maze of available materials.

Andie Peterson, one of the few women to be awarded an Eagle Feather, has provided a meaningful criteria to help in judging books. She outlines ways for objectively studying books to draw conclusions as to the suitability for the reader. She writes candidly about books filled with stereotypes, hurtful images, and damaging text and illustrations. She writes eloquent, glowing reviews of the books that are real treasures.

She writes: On a daily basis, children must face the hidden curriculum that lets them know where they fit in, whether they can achieve their goals, whether they even dare to dream. An overwhelming part of that hidden curriculum begins with books that are more narrative and illustrations; they are books that carry a message of politics and values.

Andie advises that in selecting Native American books, the non-Native child must be considered, also. She counsels that hurtful books set in motion attitudes of prejudice that persist for years. She states that she has reviewed books with older copyrights because they are still on the shelves in libraries and available via the Internet. She says reading the older books helps to understand how adults have formed ideas about Native people. She says: After all, if its in a book in the library, people believe it to be true. Its time to disturb the peace and end the ritual of damage.

A Second Look, Native Americans in Childrens Books

By Andie Peterson


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Andie Peterson holds the distinction of being one of the few women who has been honored with an Eagle Feather. The award came from the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. At the Same honoring ceremony, she was given an Anishinabe name: Gigishib Anang Ikwe which means Morning Star Woman.

Andie was a Minnesota Teacher of the Year, a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year Award, and received the Leo Reano Award from the National Education Association. She was the recipient of special awards from two Minnesota governors, received three Minnesota School Bell Awards for editorial writing, was a Knight Ridder/Duluth News Tribune Teacher of the Year, and the Northland Foundation Teacher of the Year. She also received the WCCO Good Neighbor Award.

She served on numerous boards including a Minnesota Department of Education committee and a Minnesota Board of Teaching committee on gifted education licensure. Andie has published over two-hundred columns and articles and has been a featured speaker at workshops, colleges, churches, and school districts. She has served on many local, state, and national boards and committees.

Andie served four terms as Major of the City of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Her teaching career was in Minnesota where she taught school at Grand Portage and Grand Marais. She is married and has four children.

Northern Explosion, Laura Kjelstad Mystery, is Andie’s first novel and is available through local bookstores and Internet sources.

A Second Look, Native Americans in Children’s Books

By Andie Peterson

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