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Kiki's Journey

Kiki's Journey

No. 8809


by Kristy Orona-Ramirez; illustrations by Jonathan Warm Day
Kiki is a city girl, like any of the millions of kids who call Los Angeles home. But home is also a place filled with expressions of her family's Tiwa Indian heritage. Her parents left the Taos Pueblo reservation long ago, and Kiki hasn't been back since she was a baby. She hardly even remembers what the Pueblo is like, until she returns with her parents during spring break. Suddenly, Kiki feels like a tourist in a place that should feel like home.

This tender story sensitively portrays the rewards and challenges of contemporary Indian life, and the vivid illustrations glow with the Southwestern sun. For ages 6 and up. Hardcover. (32 pp.)

About the author and illustrator
Kristy Orona-Ramirez (Taos Pueblo/Tarahumara) has been writing short stories and poetry since she was seven years old. A writer and fourth grade teacher, Kristy is also a lead singer and songwriter for the Native American Northern drumming group, The Mankillers. She lives in California with her husband and four children.

Jonathan Warm Day (Taos Pueblo) is a well-known artist and writer who grew up on the Taos Pueblo Indian Reservation. He resides there today with his daughters and is currently putting the finishing touches on a novel.

 

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