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The author of the book: Patricia Miles Martin
Edition: Atlantic - Little, Brown
Date of issue: 1971
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Annie is a young Navajo girl who lives with her mother, father, and grandmother. Grandmother announces one day that she will be rejoining Mother Earth as soon as she finishes weaving her Navajo rug. Annie, distraught at the impending reality of life without Grandmother, begins to sabotage Grandmother's rug, hoping to delay inevitable. Grandmother takes Annie aside and lovingly explains that Annie must not try to stop time. She must respect Mother Earth and allow Grandmother to go peacefully. Annie, reluctantly, decides to learn to weave and helps Grandmother and mother finish the rug. After Grandmother's death Annie takes comfort in the rug and the warmth and reminders it provides.
A lovely story about accepting death. Thoughtful, astute prose gently and truthfully portrays the feelings of anger, denial, and sadness that often accompany the pending death of a loved one. This book is respectfully written and the analogy drawn between Grandmother's time left and the finishing of the rug makes the passage of time and the idea of death more tangible for children. The book is also a respectful portrayal of the Navajo culture and does not seem to perpetuate any negative stereotypes.
This book would be a great read aloud in Social Studies when learning about Native American cultures. It could also be a good book to use if a student, or group of students, are dealing with a sick or dying relative.
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