Annie and the Old One

  • Title: Annie and the Old One
  • Author: Miska Miles
  • Illustrator: Peter Parnall
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication year: 1971
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon-“Annie is a young Navajo girl who refuses to believe that her grandmother, the Old One, will die. Sadly, Annie learns that she cannot change the course of life.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – Again, much like The Desert Is Theirs (of which, Parnall was also the illustrator and author) there is some stereotypical Native American ideology and costuming present in this book. This, combined with the date of publication, makes this a book that would probably not be present in a school library.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it– Though I couldn’t find it referenced on American Indians in Children’s Literature, I do not doubt that this is not an accurate representation of the Native American Navajo tribe and life. The first fact being that Miles was not an Indigenous person and the only thing that is mentioned is that she was born and lived in Kansas and “on a Navajo reservation.” And while Parnall’s illustrations can be captivating, Parnall is already an issue on his own, as I talked about on The Desert is Theirs.

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