Kiki is a city girl who calls Los Angeles home. But home is also a place filled with expressions of her family s Tiwa Indian heritage. Her parents left the Taos Pueblo reservation long ago, and Kiki hasn t been back since she was a baby. She hardly even remembers what the Pueblo is like, until she returns with her parents during spring break. Suddenly, Kiki feels like a tourist in a place that should feel like home. Kristy Orona-Ramirez s tender story sensitively portrays the rewards and challenges of contemporary Indian life, and Jonathan Warm Day s vivid illustrations glow with the Southwestern sun."
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(213mm x 250mm x 9mm)
Children's Book Press,U.S.
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A significant number of facts and information about the Taos Pueblo are included in this tale, but the story lacks spark and seems contrived and message-driven. Orona-Ramirez (Taos Pueblo/Tarahumara) tells a gentle story of a Taos Pueblo child living in Los Angeles, who dislikes her tribe being grouped together with all other Indian tribes. A resulting visit to her parents' home Pueblo gives Kiki a sense of belonging and much information about her heritage. Day's (Taos Pueblo) paintings contain authentic patterns from the Pueblo and Plains Indians, and although colorful and instructive, they seem stilted and uninspired. It's not clear why patterns from the Plains Indians are included. The didactic text will not draw a significant audience, and although books about contemporary Native American Indians are few, this one should be a marginal purchase. (Picture book. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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