Synopses & Reviews
This exciting story introduces the use of the Native American talking stick and the lightening stick through the unique, black and white painted pottery images used by the Mimbres Indians of southwest New Mexico. The story centers on five Mimbres children who empower themselves to become active, contributing citizens of their village. Their life experiences teach them courage, empathy, tolerance and determination on their journey toward adulthood. The children are brought to life through the illustrated scenes of everyday activity as depicted on the pottery bowls by Mimbres artists of a thousand years ago. This book, focusing on the theme of citizenship, is the second in a series to help children learn how to develop good character traits. Teachers, librarians and children of all ages will enjoy this pictorial narrative. Twin sisters Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel are dedicated to helping children learn how to have respect for the individual and cultural differences of all people. With a Master's degree in Special Education and pursuing a Master's degree in History respectively, Carilyn synthesizes classroom instruction to emphasize the importance of character development and Marilyn teaches about the increasing need to preserve our archaeological treasures. Born and raised in New Mexico, these sisters have the utmost respect for native cultures both past and present. Their first book in the talking stick series, OLD GRANDFATHER TEACHES A LESSON, was also published by Sunstone Press.