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Meet Kaya (2002)

by Janet Beeler Shaw

Series: American Girls: Kaya (1), American Girls (Kaya 1)

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In 1764, when Kaya and her family reunite with other Nez Percé Indians to fish for the red salmon, she learns that bragging, even about her swift horse, can lead to trouble. Includes historical notes on the Nez Percé Indians.

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The story of a colonial girl who lives in Virginia in 1774.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 17, 2021 |
Kaya learns a lesson about bragging. American Girl series set in 1764 among the Nez Perce.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 18, 2021 |
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked that the book was inspired by the Native American culture and that the main character is a young girl. This book is a part of a series so children can read more books about Kaya. The book had an abrupt ending which wanted me to read more books in the series too! I also enjoyed that the novel was aimed for young children. Since it is a part of the American Girls Collection, children are able to have a doll that looks exactly like the main character and wears traditional Native American clothing! ( )
  chayes14 | Mar 8, 2019 |
I've decided to re-read/read the American Girl series. At the age of 25, I'm sure it's been more than a decade since I've read any of them. I loved these books so much as a kid and Kaya is one of the dolls that I own.

I didn't like this book as much as I did all those years ago, mostly because of how abrupt the ending was. Speaking Rain almost drowns, but is saved by Kaya and the book almost immediately ends. I just wanted to see Speaking Rain again (even briefly) to be assured she's okay. There's no closure; it doesn't feel like an ending.

I also had a problem with Kaya's punishment. I understand the logic behind switching all of the children; I'm not complaining about that. I don't like the nickname that the whipping woman gives to Kaya. She was practically telling the children to bully Kaya. I do like the way that Kaya is taught to handle the nickname (i.e. to rise above it and become a person who no longer deserves the comparison), but it didn't sit right with me that the adults were totally fine with the cruel things the children were saying to Kaya. Kaya gets one good lesson out of it, but all of the children, including Kaya, are learning that it's okay to be so mean-spirited to each other.

On the other hand, I love how educational these books are, how the culture is exhibited throughout the story and then is shown in a more concentrated form at the end. And the illustrations have always been a high point for me. Especially the gorgeous horse Steps High. ( )
  danaenicole | Jul 8, 2017 |
  ruthgreenway | Feb 19, 2014 |
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To the Nez Perce boys and girls, mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, unto the seventh generation.
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When Kaya and her family rode over the hill into Wallowa, The Valley of the Winding Waters, her horse pricked up her ears and whinnied.
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In 1764, when Kaya and her family reunite with other Nez Percé Indians to fish for the red salmon, she learns that bragging, even about her swift horse, can lead to trouble. Includes historical notes on the Nez Percé Indians.

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[From Back Cover] - It's hard for Kaya not to boast about her beautiful spirited Appaloosa mare, Steps High. Kaya wants to be one of the very best horsewomen in the village. But when boasting leads to a daring bareback race, Kaya puts both herself and her horse in danger. And she also endangers her little twin brothers, who've wandered off into the woods during Kaya's race. Although Kaya finds the boys unharmed, she still must face a punighment. All her friends must, too, since one person's actions affect the safety of the whole village. Kaya's mistakes earn her a terrible nickname - will she ever be able to lose it?
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