Jennifer Lavoie's Reviews > Kinaalda: A Navajo Girl Grows Up

Kinaalda by Monty Roessel
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Jan 21, 2012

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bookshelves: classroom-library, education, family, multicultural, nonfiction, younger-readers
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I bought this book because a student was interested in learning about other cultures. I thought it was going to be in a different formate, but it's a picture book for younger readers. Still, despite this, the book was fascinating. It shows the Kinaalda, a ceremony for Navajo (or Dine) girls when they become women. I enjoyed the pictures that illustrated the events I did not understand. I also liked how the author explains the reasoning behind each step, such as the running towards the East because of it's significance to the Navajo. For someone who is not in that culture it was an enlightening read. I also liked that the author discussed how some of the traditions of the Navajo were dying, but they have been brought back for new generations to learn. I think it's important for all cultures to keep their customs and language, because without them, the world loses its rich diversity.
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