PUEBLO STORYTELLER by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

PUEBLO STORYTELLER

Age Range: 6 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Like this team's Totem Pole (1990), a portrait of one Native American family, especially as related to a traditional art-form. April, ten, lives with her grandparents in the Cochiti Pueblo near Santa Fe. Her grandmother makes bread in a traditional outdoor oven; both she and her grandfather make the charming Pueblo Storyteller dolls: painted pottery figures with laps full of young listeners. Clear color photos show this creative process, step by step; the book concludes with a typical ceremony, a Pueblo legend, and some comments about the place of storytelling in Pueblo culture. This is a wholly positive picture; April's family has a modern kitchen and seems to live in comfortable circumstances. Her mother, to whom the book is dedicated, died in 1983; her father is only mentioned as being present when she was a baby. Not a full picture of Pueblo life, but an excellent presentation of one interesting component. Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 6-11)

Pub Date: April 15th, 1991
ISBN: 0-8234-0864-7
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1991




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