I love Fall.
It's my favorite time of the year. I
used to wonder when I was a kid, if it was because I have a fall
birthday. But the older I get the more I realize, it has never had
anything to do with birthdays. Autumn is just the best time of the
year (for me).
Winter's snow and ice are stunningly beautiful.
Summer's relaxation and butterflies are
Spring's flowers are amazing and so refreshing after the long wait through the ice and dark
I wish to have Native American
characters in my SylFaen Tree Saga, so I was delighted to find and
read this book. How To Tell The Difference: A Checklist for
Evaluating Children's Books for Anti-Indian Bias, by Beverly
Slapin, Doris Seale and Rosemary Gonzalez. Slapin and company demonstrate
misrepresentations of Native Americans in Children's Literature and compare them to appropriate representations.
It explains how many books use
stereotypes and pejorative language when talking about Native
Americans. I realized how much this book is needed when three seconds
after describing the purpose of this book to my teenage son to
recommend he read it, I came across a misrepresentation.
[As an experiment I am reviewing an older book that I love, using characters that I are pulled from the fantasy
series I am currently working on, The Sylfaen Tree Saga, to make the review unique and
interesting for kids.]