Apr 24, 2013

Review: Native Americans: A Visual Exploration

Native Americans: A Visual Exploration
Native Americans: A Visual Exploration by S.N. Paleja

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was looking for a good Native American book for an outing I had planned for my Cub Scout den to the site of an Indian village that would easily present information to my cubs and this was a great find.

The book description is:

A dynamic pictorial overview of North America’s first peoples.

There is no doubt that more and more, kids are becoming visual learners. That is why this innovative book uses infographics to tell the story of North America’s first peoples. Infographics are visual representations of information, data, or knowledge. They are very effective in presenting complex information quickly and clearly, as in charts, maps, pictographs, and timelines.

With very little text and simple, highly colorful illustrations, this book will help kids discover an astonishing amount of information about Native American history, culture, and society. From their migration from Asia many thousands of years ago to modern times, Native Americans explores such topics as housing, food, means of communication, types of government, and language.

Kids will find answers to such questions as: How did climate change affect the movement of Native peoples? How did Plains tribes use the bison as a “walking department store”? How many beaver pelts did northern tribes have to trade for an ax? What are their issues today? and many more.

Vibrant, dynamic, and packed with surprising facts and figures, Native Americans is an essential book for anyone interested in North America’s first people.

My thoughts:

This book was so easy to understand for my 7 year old because it uses the pictographs and other maps and visual information that he uses at school. The book has bright illustrations and graphs that include information on how the Native Americans lived and how they still do in an easy to understand format that makes looking at it more about understanding and less about reading a history book.

The book shows great representations that today's children can understand and relate to in telling the story of a culture that existed here, how they got here, where they went, how they lived, what they ate, wore, and where their ancestors are now and what the ancestors do today.

All of the information was so easy to understand in a new and exciting way that encourages further exploration.

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