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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


July 26, 2003 - Issue 92


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Salina Bookshelf

by Vicki Lochard

Red Is BeautifulA few weeks ago, I was contacted by the editor of Salina Bookshelf, Inc., to see if we'd like to review some of their books for you. Of course, I said yes, and Jessie Ruffenach, the editor, sent me five books. I must say that these books took my breath away. Not only are they wonderful tools for learning the Navajo language, they are absolutely beautiful.

Salina Bookshelf, Inc., founded in 1994, is an independent publisher of textbooks, children’s picture books, reference books and electronic media in Navajo and English. These dual language materials captivate young and old readers alike. Many books include an audio CD narrated in Navajo and English for use in the home or classroom. Authentic depictions of Navajo life, both contemporary and traditional, are portrayed throughout the entire collection of materials offered. These resources have broad appeal in classrooms, adult centers, libraries and homes to teach the Navajo language and culture.

Two books that are must reads for parents and little ones are Baby's First Laugh and Baby Learns to Count. These baby books are a child’s first introduction to learning the Navajo language. Clearly and simply written in Navajo and English, the books in this series are an easy step towards gaining a rudimentary knowledge of Navajo. Beverly Blacksheep’s charming illustrations please the eye and help teach the words being introduced.

And, for older readers, there are many selections to choose from. Some teach traditional Navajo stories, while others help children with modern life. These books are illustrated in vibrant colors.

For those who wish to hear the books, Salina Bookshelf offers audio books. These books are narrated by Native speakers and will help with pronunciation of the Navajo words.

To visit Salina Bookshelf, and see what else they have to offer, please visit them at:

Salina Bookshelf

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