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by Joy Hakim

Thousands of years--way before Christopher Columbus set sail--wandering tribes of hunters made their way from Asia across the Bering land bridge to North America. They didn't know it, but they had discovered a New World. The First Americans is a fascinating re-creation of pre-Columbian Native American life, and it's an adventure of a lifetime! Hunt seals with the Inuit; harvest corn on a cliff-top mesa; hunt the mighty buffalo; and set sail with Leif Erickson, Columbus, and all the early great explorers--Cabot, Balboa, Ponce de Leon, Cortes, Henry the Navigator, and more--in this brilliantly told story of America before it was America.
Download The First Americans, Third Edition: Prehistory-1600 (A History of US, Book 1) epub
ISBN: 0195153200
ISBN13: 978-0195153200
Category: Children
Subcategory: Geography & Cultures
Author: Joy Hakim
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (September 15, 2002)
Pages: 160 pages
ePUB size: 1259 kb
FB2 size: 1111 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 666
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I’m having a hard time liking this book, although I don’t fully dislike it yet. I do like that it isn’t dry and boring, like many history books can be. It doesn’t just spew out facts. This reads like a novel almost, it feels like it has a storyline.

I have two main problems so far - the author can seem so condescending at times. Like from page 54, she writes, “What do the small children wear? Why, nothing at all. (In winter, too? Of course not!)” Could she not have just said that in the summertime, children wear nothing at all, but they keep warm in the winter? It’s petty, I know.

And second, I understand many different native people prefer to be called different things (Native American, Indians, indigenous, etc) but in the very beginning, the author argues that no one is native to America, that we are all from somewhere else. So she reasons that’s why she continues to use the incorrect term of Indian. I don’t know, it kind of made my eyes roll, and as someone of indigenous descent, I didn’t appreciate being erased like that.

Also, while she tries hard to give a voice to the underdog, she has a tendency to belittle them at the same time. (Calling slaves field workers, pg 81. Callings natives poor and hungry before horses are introduced to them, pg. 43, and then affluent and wasteful with buffalo after horses are introduced, pg. 44. And my favorite, “Buffalo ... and they are stupid animals. That’s a nasty word, but it just happens that buffalo are not smart at all.” Pg. 43. Like, what the heck!!?? Why was that necessary at all??

I haven’t given up on this book because she does offer many positives. History is so biased anyways, and it seems impossible to find what I want (a non Eurocentric view for kids of American history) But as soon as I’m finished reading it, if I decide to use it, I’m marking up all these little bits and correcting them myself.
Two years ago I was looking for a history curriculum for my 11-year old homeschooled boys. Hakim's books are not the kind of book I usually would have chosen, because they are very wordy and have very little "curb appeal". Boy was I wrong.

We ended up listening to the entire audiobook version of this series (all 10 books). It took the boys two years to finish the series, listening for about 20 minutes a day. I can honestly say that these (audio) books are a game-changer. The first thing my boys wanted to do in the mornings was listen to history. This is a seriously good series.

The homeschool curriculum (Build Your Library) suggested it, and I'm so glad! The author uses a story telling, time/space travel approach and it works.
It would be nice if history wasn't whitewashed on top of lots of misinformation. Glorifying Columbus and calling slaves "field workers" was enough to send me searching for a different history curriculum. Do yourself a favor, skip this book.
absolutely love these books. they are for any age over 12 ... I am a foreigner myself and wanted to learn about the history but be entertained in the same time ... a fun read... this one is great and gives me exactly what I need. I bought the entire collection 1-10.
I wish this text had been available when I was in school.

First of all, it is not in the slightest bit boring. It's so well written.

Second, unlike so many histories of America intended for our kids, it starts at the real beginning with the ancient civilizations of America - not only Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas, but the amazing Chaco Canyon and Mississippian city-states as well, along with the farming village cultures and hunter-gatherers that lived all over our continent. This in contrast to even an otherwise pretty good ancient history storybook, like Susan Bauer's Story of the World, in which Ms. Bauer gives the impression that all ancient North Americans were nomads wandering around aimlessly (a glaring error).

Third, when it comes to Columbus and the Spanish Conquistadors, she neither glorifies the conquerors nor the conquered. She tells the good, the bad, and the ugly, on both sides.

Why I didn't give it five stars: I'm sorry, but I don't think we should go overboard in teaching kids to be part of a fan-club for the US government. She just raves about how protected we are from bad government, saying things like "even the President has to obey" the constitution because he can be impeached. Hmmm. I'll just leave everyone to decide on their own whether they agree with that - I found it unbelievably naive.

One other glaring thing I read was her comment that the Plains Indians became wasteful with the buffalo. Since I'm not an historian, I could be missing some information, and maybe the Indians did get less thrifty - I don't know, it's certainly not what I was taught elsewhere. But to state that without putting it into context - which is that non-Indians, including our government, systematically wiped out the buffalo as a tool to reduce the Indians ability to fight for their land - I found very objectionable. (More evidence of the naive fan club mentality about our government?)

Even with those caveats, because ALL historians have biases and errors in their work, I'm still loving this and finding it the best kids history of the US I've ever seen!
We homeschool and we LOVE this series of history books. So far it has much more information than other books we have seen as well as not sugar coating history. Love!
White gold
Although this book seems to be primarily written for an elementary student, adults and teens can appreciate the authors way of weaving American history into a tale. After all this is not your normal US history text book. Want to kick start the love of history into a young person this might be the book for you.