This is a book for children … and for those who teach them. It’s a sensitive, respectful alternative to the traditional Columbus Day and Thanksgiving related books and lessons that stereotype, objectify and otherwise do injustice to Indigenous Americans. It’s the story of a little girl who discovers that knowledge of self and of others is the heart of learning.
July 25, 2019
Every year at least one of them did something or learned something in school that I really didn’t agree with. Then when I did student teaching I saw more things that made me want to say something. But I never knew how to approach it. I mean, Native Americans have gotten a raw enough deal without schools thoughtlessly making it worse instead of better. This book really says it perfectly, and it wouldn’t offend anyone, something I was always afraid of doing if I opened my mouth. Please get this book. Share it with your child’s teacher, or better, share it with your child. I’m really glad I was told about What Kimi Discovered and now have a copy to share.
September 8, 2019
I am so glad to have read this book and to share it with my students. The true events that occurred on many national holidays that Americans typically celebrate are not what meets the eye. Many of the cultures that were effected by the real events still have living descendants. To mock their families pain by masking it is wrong. This book brings to light the fact that not everyone celebrates traditional American holidays and that is their right to do so. I am so happy that the teacher in this book admitted her wrongs and allowed a different perspective to be heard. I am over the moon about this book! -TKO BOOKS