Kiki's Journey

Children's Book PressSKU: 9780892392148

Orona-Ramirez, Kristy
Grade Levels:
Three, Four, Five
Pueblo, Southwest
Book Type:
Children's Book Press

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Kiki’s Journey is an illustrated picture book written by Taos Pueblo/Tarahumara author Kristy Orona-Ramirez. The author writes about a common occurrence for First Nation and Native American students. Teachers in urban setting often believe that a Native American student is an expert on all topics Native American. Kiki is no exception. Her family lives in Los Angeles and her parents both grew up in Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. Kiki does not remember visiting Taos Pueblo as an infant, and she is furious when her teacher assumes she should know all about the pueblo. During March Break, Kiki and her family plan to visit her parents’ home at Taos. Here Kiki feels just like the many tourists who also visit reservations. But Kiki learns about her identity, her grandparents, and practical things such as baking bread in an adobe oven. Kiki learns that she is just like her parents who feel comfortable in a large urban setting or a small reservation among family. Jonathan Warm Day (Taos Pueblo) illustrates this gentle story with sun drenched art that captures the mood and feelings expressed in this story about identity and what it means to be a First Nation child in the 21st century. The book contains a glossary of terms. Recommended.

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