Kiki's Journey by Kristy Orona-Ramirez

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Like millions of other children who call Los Angeles home, Kiki’s a city girl, even if she was born on a reservation. Her parents left the Taos Pueblo long ago, and she hasn’t been back since she was a baby. But when she returns with her parents during spring break, Kiki feels like a tourist in a place that should feel like home. An honest look at the challenges and rewards of contemporary American Indian life, Kiki’s Journey is enhanced by Jonathan Warm Day’s glowing illustrations of the Pueblo and its people.

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Working in a colorful representational style reminiscent of the Taos masters of the last century, Jonathan Warm Day is the only living painter from Taos Pueblo actively working. He is also the first contemporary painter from the pueblo to have his work published in book form. He learned painting from his mother, Eva Mirabal, an artist herself who had been a student at the Santa Fe Indian School during its artistic renaissance under the direction of Dorothy Dunn. His paintings are included in several important collections and have been exhibited in various galleries.
Published June 23, 2006 by Children's Book Press. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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A significant number of facts and information about the Taos Pueblo are included in this tale, but the story lacks spark and seems contrived and message-driven.

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While young Kiki has lived in Los Angeles all her life, she knows that her mother and father grew up in Taos Pueblo, and she's proud to be Tiwa.

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