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Less Than Half, More Than Whole

by Kathleen Lacapa and Michael Lacapa
Illustrated by Michael Lacapa

Published by Northland Publishing, 1994
40 pages
ISBN: 0-87358-592-5

Ages 5-10

Tony’s friends tease him about his looks: he’s not full-blooded Indian, but he’s not white either… he’s less than half. Feeling bad, Tony goes in search of some answers: What does it mean to be less than half? Members of his family give him possible interpretations, but it’s his grandfather that provides the response that is most comforting and affirming: he is like the multi-colored ears of corn, many colors in one, but still a perfect whole. The controversial issue of percentage of Native ancestry as a defining attribute in Native American communities is dealt with in a sensitive and thoughtful manner in a picture book featuring gorgeous gouache and pen and ink illustrations that combine traditional symbols from the tribes of this family’s heritage: Apache, Hopi, Tewa, and Mohawk. (Gretchen Aiyangar, CCBC Reference Assistant) ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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