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Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr.
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Nov 26, 2010

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The story, told by the grandfather, of the birth of a young boy and his adventures growing up. This book could be used to teach about the Native American culture. Since the story mentions the importance of names and describes one of the ways that Native Americans may choose names for their children, a classroom activity could be to have student write about how they got their name. I like this story because it shows strong family bonds that are often associated with the Native American Culture. Something that I do not like about the story is that the illustrations show the characters wearing feathers, which children would have to be told is not always the case in present day.

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