In My Mother’s House

  • Title: In My Mother’s House
  • Author: Ann Nolan Clark
  • Illustrator: Velino Herrera
  • Publisher: Puffin Books, published by the Penguin Group
  • Publication year: 1941
  • Brief Summary-From Amazon-“A young Tewa Indian describes the homes, customs, work, and strong communal spirit of his people.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – Like so many of the Caldecott Honor Books I have read, this one I do not think would be in circulation in a school library. It was published in 1941, and now in 2021, I think we need Native American authors and illustrators creating works depicting Native American life now. I did find this interesting PDF on the web from an exhibition called Native American Picture Books of Change: The Art of Historic Children’s Books.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – While I have some issues with this book too, the illustrations done by Herrera, who was a Zia Pueblo Native American, are more authentic than anything from Peter Parnell. I did find the black and white illustrations alternating with color illustrations an interesting choice.

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