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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Books about Arawak/Taino and Contact

Books about the Caribbean
Hispanic literature overlap
Lesson plans and resources
Links to videos

While I don't think there is an "excellent" book, I do think that there are some good starting points. Some of the ones listed below are nonfiction and some are historical fiction. I listed traditional stories about the Arawak/Taino and some about our encounter with Columbus. The reading probably ranges from grades 1-5.

On this Beautiful Island by Edwin Fontanez
The Golden Flower: A Taino Myth From Puerto Rico by Nina Jaffe
TAINO:Guanin's Story by Edwin Fontanez
Encounter by Jane Yolen
Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
Atariba and Niguayona: A Story from the Taino People of Puerto Rico by Harriet Rohmer, Guerrero Rea Jesus, Jesus Guerrero Rea, and Consuelo Mendez Castillo
Golden Tales by Lulu Delacre
Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490 by Edwidge Danticat