Middle School (9 - 14) Books

DANCE ON A SEALSKIN, story by Barbara Winslow, illustrations by Teri Sloat. Alaska Northwest Books, P.O. Box 10306, 3019 NW Yeon Ave., Portland, OR 92710, (800) 452-3032, (503) 223-1410. Illustrated. 32 pp., $15.95 cloth. 1-88240-443-1 Ages 9 - 14

Both the author and illustrator witnessed several potlatches as teachers of Yupik children in Alaska in the 1970s. Their story of Annie's performance of her first traditional dance as part of her coming-of-age ceremony that will formally signal her acceptance as part of the Yupik community, is an effective portrayal of an age- old custom that will be a welcome addition to Native American folklore collections in both libraries and homes. Grade: A. Reviewed by Steve Brock

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