Story: It is Sandy’s birthday, and she and her family are getting ready to travel to a powwow. Sandy is thrilled to received so many special birthday presents, which make up a beautiful costume, perfect for the traditional dance she will perform at the powwow. All she is missing is her moccasins, but they are nowhere to be found. What Sandy doesn’t know is that her father has a wonderful birthday surprise.
Non-fiction: An overview of the history of Powwows and their many expressions with outstanding photographs in bright colors.
Alma Flor and I feel great respect for all indigenous people in the World and great admiration for Native American cultures and their artistic expressions. I keep a small, but meaningful collection, of paintings, ceramics and handcrafts created by Native American artists. Above all we have wonderful Native American friends. In the book we thank Christy and Leni Prairie Chicken who have blessed our home and life with their presence.
Many readers are intrigued about how two authors collaborate to write a book. If you share this curiosity you may enjoy reading how I explain this experience in the chapter entitled “Writing in Collaboration: One plus One is One or Two” in the book Alma Flor Ada and You, volume II published by Libraries Unlimited.
There are two CDs with the readings of the twelve stories in English and two CDs with the readings of the twelve stories in Spanish.
They can be beneficial to children learning a second language, whether English or Spanish, since they will be able to read the book in their stronger language and then listen to the recording in the second language, or vice versa.