Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed Abenaki children’s book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac’s poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored more than 50 books for adults and children. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.
Read Aloud Tips
Use this book in a larger unit about World War II. Set the scene by explaining what it was like to be a Navajo back then.
Stop throughout the book and have students predict what they think is going to happen next.
Dedicate time to for students to create their own code. Have them reflect on the challenges that the Navajos went through during this trying time.
“Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find.” – Booklist