By Melanie Florence, Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard (Second Story Press – 2017)
When a little girl comes home from school one day and asks her grandpa how to say something in his Cree language, he is sad that he cannot teach her. He tells her that his words were stolen from him when he was taken to live at a residential school as a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandpa find his language again. It’s very emotional love story between grandpa and granddaughter.>>>At the end, there is English translation and pronunciation of the Cree words found in this tory.
By Terry Catasus Jennings, Illustrated by Phyllis Saroff (Arbordale Publishing – 2017)
Long ago, the Old Ones were bad. They drank all the water, ate all the pine nuts, and left nothing for the other creatures. Sinawav the trickster coyote punished them by turning them into rocky hoodoos. Now when children misbehave, their Paiute elders remind them that they too could be turned into stone columns. This year as Vivian and her grandmother climb the mesa to pick pine nuts, Vivian is disrespectful to the trees and the land. Her grandmother reminds her of the legend of the hoodoos and how nature has made it possible for her people to live. >>>The detail information is included.
Retold and Illustrated by Tomie dePaola ( G. P. Putnam’s Sons – 1983 )
The lovely wild flowers, known by the name of bluebonnet, are the State flower of Texas. They cover the Texas hills in the springtime every year. This book is a retelling story of the Comanche People’s legend of how a little girl’s sacrifice brought the bluebonnet to Texas.
By Barbara M. Joosse, Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee (Chronicle Books ~ in 2008)
The same author and illustrator with “Mama, do you love me?” & “Papa, do you love me?”. Set in Hawaii, featured the beautiful bond between grandmother and her granddaughter. Explanations of Hawaiian culture and language are provided on the last pages.
An Inuit girl living in Alaska asks her mother several questions as attempting to find the limit of her mother’s love. Her mother expresses her love by using their traditional culture and familiar animals as examples to make her daughter understand easily. Lovely story for mothers and daughters.
By Cynthia Leitich Smith, Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu (Morrow Junior Books ~ in 2000)
Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow (Native American’s gathering). She wants her dreaming dress will sing with jingles, and adults women surrounding her help to make her dream come true.
By Byrd Baylor, Illustrated by Peter Parnaill (Charles Scribner’s Sons – New York in 1978)
Celebrating a new day begins with the ways various peoples from around the world. Welcoming the morning sun is just like as others in the past and present to start a new life daily. >>>The same illustrator with “Annie and the old one“.
一日の始まりを告げる太陽が昇ってくる時、様々な民族の思いを描いている視点が素晴らしい絵本。英文の文字も、文章と言うより、歌のように配列している。イラストレーターは、Annie and the old oneのイラストを手がけた同じ人であり、この絵本の価値に大いなる影響を与えて成功している。人類と太陽の切っても切れない関係を解り易く語る内容のこの絵本こそ、親子でしみじみと読んで、大事な時間を親子で共有したい。
By Paul Goble (Simon & Schuster – New York in 1979)
A young Native American girl loved to care of her tribe’s horses. One heavy stormy day, the horses were frightening and run away from the tribe’s land, and the girl as well. The tribes searched for the girl, but nobody found her. One year latter, the tribes saw a girl with wild horses and she belonged to the world of wild horses.
Long time ago, Native Americans lived with dogs who helped to carry heavy stuff, and accompanied them as needed. As following buffalos, one tribes didn’t have enough foods to eat. A brave boy form the tribes went to hills and prayed to the Great Spirit for help for his people. A rider on a magnificent animal came to him and said “This animal is called the Sacred Dog and he can many things your dogs cannot.” The Great Spirit rewarded the boy’s courage, and the horse, or Sacred Dog, was given to his tribe. >>> In a history, Spanish people brought horses to the American continent.
By Miska Miles, Illustrated by Peter Parnall (Little, Brown and Company – New York in 1971)
Native American Annie is a young girl of the Navajo tribe and she refuses to believe her grandmother, the Old One, will return to Earth once their weaving is completed. Annie hesitates to continue to weave as wishing her beloved Old One’s longer life. When the grandmother explains her beliefs, Annie understands and bravely continues to wave with her mother and her grandmother.