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Princess Sophie and the Six Swans - A Tale from the Brothers Grimm

"Princess Sophie and the Six Swans", by Kim Jacobs, is a cute children's book. The illustrations are beautiful. The princess sees her brothers turned into swans and must do whatever she can to get them turned back. I love the premise of thi...

4 Stars

The Rock Maiden - A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty

"The Rock Maiden", by Natasha Yim, is a delightful legend with Chinese origins. The pictures are pretty and quaint, much like the story. I like the simple words and the tale of loyalty and love. While this story is fiction, it is based on a...

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Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep

Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep, by Bette Killion, is a cute children's story about how to overcome a common fear. Many children are afraid of one thing or another. Sleep has to be on the top of the list. Dark and the unknown both come...

4 Stars

The Christmas Horse and the Three Wise Men

This story is another version of the magi traveling to Bethlehem. However, in a creative twist, this story is from a horse’s point of view. Ms. Brent, the author, took several traditional thoughts of how the magi traveled and came up with a...

4 Stars

Indian Boyhood - The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing

This story was adapted from another book so that modern children would be able to understand and enjoy this unique story of growing up as a Dakota Sioux Native American. The story is set over 100 years ago and shows the day to day life of a...

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Feathers for Peacock

This story reads as though it is a Native American tale but it’s not as peacocks are not native to the Americas. It does draw on many aspects like the moon having powers and that this explains how birds got feathers story. But the overall t...

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President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House

This children’s book is a very simplistic story about President Abraham Lincoln’s life. Quotes from his various writings and speeches are throughout this book showing insight to what Mr. Lincoln actually thought. Popular stories, which may...

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Saint Anthony the Great

Saint Anthony the Great, written by John Chryssavgis & Marilyn Rouvelas and illustrated by Isabelle Brent, is a fantastic example of taking a complicated concept and bringing it down to a child's level of understanding. It begins talking ab...

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The Hunter's Promise - An Abenaki Tale

What a unique story that will charm anyone. Seldom do people get to hear (read) stories for the northeast native tribes. This one is perfect coming complete with moose. There is magic and spells and so much to intrigue the reader and spark...

5 Stars

Princess Rosie's Rainbows

This is definitely a colorful book. How could it not be when it’s about rainbows! Everyone is trying to give Princess Rosie a forever rainbow. Every shape and kind of rainbow is brought to her. But, they aren’t forever and therefore Princes...

4 Stars

Whispers of the Wolf

This is a great children’s story that will show them the life of a young Pueblo Indian boy prior to the Spanish coming into the area. You get the idea of what his day to day life is like. Two Bird’s finds a young wolf cub that may not live....

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The Thunder Egg

Though this is not an authentic Native American story, it definitely feels like one. It incorporates themes and traditions followed by many Native American tribes. The pictures reinforce that feeling by showing clothing reflecting that whic...

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Red Cloud's War - Brave Eagle's Account of the Fetterman Fight

I looked at the description of this book and the cover and thought young kids. It’s not. At least not what I would consider appropriate for young children (3rd grade and under). However, for older elementary school children and above, inclu...

5 Stars
  • Author: Paul Goble
  • Review by: Terri
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Kids: Children's, Diverse Books, Kids: Middle Grade
  • Publisher: Wisdom Tales

When the Animals Saved Earth - An Eco-Fable

When the Animals Saved Earth, retold by Alexis York Lumbard, touches upon an important topic that children need to learn about. I love that the author includes some background for the adult who reads this. Finding out that this was taken fr...

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Just Like Me, Climbing a Tree - Exploring Trees Around the World

Do children in places like China, Mexico, Israel and Australia climb the same trees as children in the USA? Of course not but they do climb trees. This easy to read book explores why some children climb trees as it takes you around the worl...

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Pine and the Winter Sparrow

I loved this story. Based on a Native American legend, this story will explain why an evergreen stays green all year around and other trees lose their leaves. Imaginative pictures bring the story to life as a small sparrow looks to the tree...

5 Stars

The Olive Tree

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish. It’s simplistic approach to aid child readers or listeners in dealing with friends, family, old histories and new ones in the making. And as we all know, simple messages are often flavor...

5 Stars

Horse Raid - The Making of a Warrior

Have you ever wanted to know how it felt to be a young native Indian boy before he is accepted as warrior? What about after he has been accepted by his people as a man? If so I recommend you read Horse Raid. Horse Raid is about the journey...

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The Dreidel that Wouldn't Spin - A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah

What an interesting Hanukkah story which stresses the real meaning of the holiday. This is not a story that explains what Hanukkah is but rather what it means by using a dreidel and a simple children’s Hanukkah game. Bright pictures and sim...

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Never Say a Mean Word Again - A Tale from Medieval Spain

Based on a true story from Spain, this story shows how enemies can become friends is a way any child can understand. Pictures spark interest as a simple story unfolds. Two boys and a command have one boy’s imagination soring and his dreams...

5 Stars

The Pandas and Their Chopsticks - and Other Animal Stories

“The Pandas and Their Chopsticks” is a delightful children’s book containing stories adapted from Asian folktales retold and illustrated by Demi. Each story has a moral that is aptly depicted by the bright colorful animals or other entities...

5 Stars

Everyone Prays - Celebrating Faith Around the World

What a wonderful way to show while we’re all different, we’re all the same. This story takes its readers around the world and explores how many different major and not so major religions pray. From Christians to Native Americans to Hindus t...

5 Stars
  • Author: Alexis York Lumbard
  • Review by: Terri
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Kids: Children's, Religion & Spirituality
  • Publisher: Wisdom Tales

The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood - A Creek Indian Story

Mr. Hausman penned a very intuitive story based on a traditional tale that has been passed on from generation to generation from the Creek Indians of northern Florida and Georgia. In this book, we’re told the story of how Listener the Otter...

5 Stars