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Author: Angela Spady
Illustrator: Tammie Lyon
Publisher: Tommy Nelson: Thomas Nelson
Published: May 5th, 2015
With fifteen chapters and a “Did you know?” section, this children’s story is targeted at pupils aged from 6 to 10 years old who are independently reading longer stories. It tells the story of fourth grader Channing O’Banning as she learns about Native Americans at school and searches for dinosaur bones out in the school yard. Her relationship with family and friends is also explored, celebrating that everyone has different interests, how being honest is best and that sometimes we worry over things that aren’t so bad after all. She also gets a chance to learn a lot more about Native Americans – and dinosaurs – when she goes to attend the wedding of a distant relative.
This story keeps the reader’s interest from start to finish. It narrates many events and interactions that children in the target age group will be able to relate to. It also has moral messages included within the story that are clear but integral to the story and not forced or artificial. There’s lots of information shared about turquoise and Native Americans, especially their art, too – I learnt a lot from reading this story! I think this will really appeal to children and is a lovely way of helping them learn. There is extra information in the “Did you know” section and website addresses for anyone wishing to find further information. Teachers, I really recommend you check this out both as a reading book for children and an interesting way to share information about Native Americans.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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