Reviews for World of North American Indians

Booklist Reviews 2009 April #1
"The Passport to the Past series looks at ancient cultures including Egypt, India, and Rome. This title has a slightly more difficult task as it is a roundup of Native Americans, a term encompassing many different cultures and traditions. The crowded format is organized by topics such as hunting, ornament and decoration, warriors and warfare, food and farming, sacred dances, and death and dying. Several paragraphs of text give an overview, while captions under numerous photographs and historical engravings explain a bit about how various tribes engaged in the illustrated activities. The bottom third of some two-page spreads are devoted to various crafts, including ankle bells and headdresses. These crafts seem difficult, and the space might have been better devoted to further examples of tribes. Although this is a scattershot presentation, there are some very interesting tidbits here for those willing to find them."

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 April

Gr 5-8-Readers are immersed in ancient cultures through kaleidoscopic viewings of relevant peoples, buildings, religions, clothes, languages, and means of sustenance. Spreads cover a subtopic each and generally contain a couple of paragraphs in addition to numerous bright, captioned photographs and reproductions, and, on the bottom, time lines and crafts. The images are set against just the right amount of white space, helping to make this series attractive and youth friendly. Sources are not cited, but each volume is written by an expert in the field. There is enough substance here for reports.

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