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The Story of North America’s First People

by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger

The Year’s Best List, Resource Links Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Awards finalist 2019 Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination Red Maple Award nomination

Discover the story of North America’s Indigenous peoples before 1492.

Unlike most books on the history of Native peoples, which begin with the arrival of Europeans in 1492, this book goes back to the Ice Age to give young readers a glimpse of what life was like pre-contact. The title, Turtle Island, refers to a Native myth that explains how the Americas were formed on the back of a turtle. Based on archeological finds and scientific research, we now have a clearer picture of how the Indigenous peoples lived as far back as fourteen thousand years ago. A wide variety of topics are explored including what people ate, how they expressed themselves through art, and how they adapted to their surroundings. The importance of storytelling among the Native peoples is always present to shed light on how they explained their world: each chapter opens with a seminal myth to address a different
theme. With its striking design and beautiful images, this book fills a gap in the history of our Indigenous peoples.


“Highly recommended for middle to high school collections for its innovative, nonstereotypical, and engaging approach to the history of Indigenous peoples in North America.”
—School Library Journal, *starred review, 10/17

“A well researched book of high quality graphic design and literary style. The format and organization of material is well done within a uniquely imaginative approach to the topic . . . highly recommended for both public and school libraries . . . also would be a valuable resource for elementary school teachers.”
—Resource Links, 12/17

“Offers an appealing introduction to the diverse nations and remarkable resilience of the original inhabitants of this continent and is likely to inspire respect, pride, and a desire to learn more.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/17

“Fills a gap in history.”
—Best Books for Kids and Teens, *starred review, Spring/18

“A book that should be part of every school curriculum.”
—Interesting Nonfiction for Inquisitive Kids, 09/06/17

“Archaeology, mythology and imagination [are] tied together to really engage the reader in multiple possible perspectives.”
—Chrikaru, 10/25/17

“An interesting read . . . a good addition to a school library.”
—Green Teacher, 10/18

“An excellent textbook to use in elementary or middle school to supplement conventional offerings.”
—Youth Services Book Review, 12/31/18