November 22, 2017

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Archives for December 1999

Authenticity and Sensitivity: Goals for writing and reviewing books with Native American themes

In March, Scholastic released a new title in its popular ‘Dear America’ series of historical fiction diaries. Ann Rinaldi’s My Heart Is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, A Sioux Girl (Scholastic, 1999) was favorably reviewed in leading journals, but within the Native American community, adult readers were aghast at the presentation of the boarding-school experience and Lakota culture. I was one of nine women who spoke to one another at length about this title. Rinaldi’s book […]