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Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles (1972-07-30) Hardcover – Jan. 1 1637
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- Item Weight : 458 g
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Jan. 1 1637)
- ASIN : B01K1384OY
- Customer Reviews:
4.9 out of 5
29 global ratings
Top review from Canada
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Reviewed in Canada on December 4, 2001
I'm a little puzzled by two negative entries in the review section for this book. The one by the second grade class seems to have missed the particular theme of this book and the second claims the story is predictable. Well, in a way, it is predictable. The grandmother's death is an inevitable event, and dealing with that death and loss is a story every child must deal with in their lives. The young girl in this book reacts with horror to the thought of losing her grandmother--and even tries to fight it--keep it from happening. In the end, she comes to an understanding and an acceptance of what death means and finds new strength for herself and her family. This is a wonderful book for those children who are dealing with the question of death in their own lives.
Top reviews from other countries
Pam C. Golden
Highly recommendReviewed in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2013
A beautiful and sensitively written book which conveys a window on Navajo life through a well crafted story. I used it to teach "Stories from other cultures" literacy topic, combined with an art objective of weaving and part of a geography and history topic linked to Native Americans. The children responded incredibly well to the book, identifying with Annie's feelings and her cultural way of looking at the world. I would highly recommend this book.
A touching story about the love between a young Navajo girl and her grandmother. Beautifully written and illustrated story.Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2015
This is a beautifully illustrated story about a young Navajo girl, Annie, with a very special relationship with her grandmother, the Old One. It presents the simple daily life of the Navajo, the close-knit family of father, mother, Annie, her grandmother and their struggle for survival in the desert sands. Annie enjoys the chores she shares with her grandmother, and the special time at evening when the family gather round to listen to the ancient stories and wisdom of the wise old grandmother. When Annie's grandmother makes a prediction of her closely approaching death, Annie must find a way to slow time to keep her grandmother alive. But grandmother has a wise lesson to teach Annie before she goes to Mother Earth.
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well developed characters of the grandmother and grandchild.Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019
Beautifully told story.
Great bookReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2010
What a great book! About Native Americans, life, death, and the connection to Mother Earth. I was touched, reading it to 4 and a half years old girl. Recommended to children from 4 and a half to about 8 or 9 and probably to everybody else.
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