Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story is a remarkable story written and illustrated by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday. In the preface of his first children's book, the Kiowa author explains the story's context and inspiration. At the age of twelve, Momaday and his family moved to Jemez Pueblo in the Southwest of the United States. On the eve of his first Christmas there, Momaday experienced the power and wonder of Christmas in this spiritual place. This wonder is transferred to the story of a young Pueblo boy who is unable to speak. Despite his disability Tolo finds joy and understanding during the time spent with his grandfather. After his grandfather's death, Tolo experiences untold grief. But the power of the Christmas religious festivities at his Pueblo church helps Tolo overcome his grief. At the end of the church ceremony, Tolo is drawn to a mysterious likeness of his grandfather. Tolo follows the man out into the meadow where a miraculous circle of fire is burning. The elk, eagle and wolf share the real gift of fire with Tolo as these mortal enemies join together in peace around the warmth of the fire. Momaday illustrates this wondrous story with 16 vivid images. In this rare blending of story and visual image, Momaday captures the spiritual traditions of Pueblo Christians. Young readers will find this story appealing during the Christmas season and older readers will delight in the literary skill of a well-known Native American author.