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THE TREES STAND SHINING: POETRY OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS, selected by Hettie Jones, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker. Dial Books, 375 Hudson St., N.Y., NY 10014, (212) 366-2000, (212)366-2666 FAX. Children's book for all ages. Illustrated. 32 pp., $13.99 cloth. 0-8037-9083-X

As Jones says in this reissue of the 1971 original, these are not really poems, but songs of all types which run the spectrum of feelings and moods. The book begins with songs to the sun and animals, then moves to prayers, chants, stories, shouts ("Hu-ka-he!"), and cries of anguish as their families are killed. Prophetically, the book ends with "I will live." The remarkable watercolor paintings make the message more powerful. Highly recommended. Reviewed by Steve Brock

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