The Blackfeet

by Raymond Bial
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Category: Nonfiction

Personal Evaluation: The thing that most struck me was a complete glossing-over of white people’s involvement in recent history. The author makes some factual statements, but nothing to convey the horror and devastation that caused sharp decreases in population or took native children away from their families. While it’s probably not necessary to go into all of the gory details for younger kids, I don’t think it’s out of the question to ask kids today to really think about these things.

What might interest children: That omission aside, this book (and series) is probably great for doing projects on specific tribes’ traditional customs and cultures, and what their lives and reservations look like today (with the omission of what life is like for Native Americans who do not live on reservations).

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