THINKS A LOT HAS HER HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
Mimbres Children Learn About Fairness
By Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel
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Thinks A Lot has her head in the clouds, or does she? Thinks A Lot has seen animal shapes in the clouds since she was a little girl. She often saw images in the clouds that sometimes could not be seen by others. Grandfather told her it was a gift she could use to help her people. But, how? Grandmother chose Thinks A Lot to teach the small children of the village how to play and get along with each other. So Thinks A Lot began to teach the children to see images in the clouds and how to look for animal tracks. She thinks it is her work, but her cousins think is it just play. When does work become play, or play become work? In this story the Mimbres children learn an important lesson about fairness. Grandfather explains that equal and fair are not always the same thing. This is the fifth book in a series written to help children learn about good character traits. The children’s adventures are brought to life through the illustrations of everyday life as depicted on the pottery bowls by Mimbres artists of a thousand years ago. Teachers, Librarians, parents, and children of all ages will enjoy this pictorial narrative.
Twin sisters, Carilyn Alarid and Marilyn Markel are dedicated to helping children learn to have respect for the individual and cultural differences of all people. Carilyn is a docent at Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo, NM. Marilyn is the education coordinator for the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site in Mimbres, NM, where she gives tours to school children and adults, focusing on the increasing need to preserve and protect southwest New Mexico’s cultural heritage. Born and raised in New Mexico, these sisters have the utmost respect for native cultures both past and present. Their other books in the “Mimbres Children” series, Old Grandfather Teaches a Lesson, Talks All Day Has the Courage to Speak, Hits With His Fist Gives a Helping Hand, Grandmother Tells a Story and Runs Like The Wind Stops in Her Tracks, all published by Sunstone Press.
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