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Annie and the Old One
by Miska Miles ; illustrated by Peter Parnall.
Boston, [Mass.] : Little, Brown, [between 1979-1980].
44 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


"Joy Street books."
A Navajo girl unravels a day's weaving on a rug whose completion, she believes, will mean the death of her grandmother.

Best Books:

Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Not Just for Children Anymore!, 2001 ; Children's Book Council; United States
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education; California

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

Christopher Award, 1972 Winner Ages 8-12 United States
John Newbery Medal, 1972 Honor Book Pre School-1 United States

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader" "
Interest Level Lower Grade" "
Book Level 4.4" "
Accelerated Reader Points 0.5" "
Accelerated Vocabulary" "

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 3
Title Point Value 2
Lexile Measure 700


Annie lived snug in her good Navajo world; the school bus that carried her away every morning returned her to the warm, busy hogan, to her parents, and to her beloved grandmother. But the Old One knew that her life was nearly over. uPublishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Annie, an Indian child, resorts to extremes in trying to prevent her dear grandmother from dying. The "old one'' has said she will return to Earth when she has finished helping Annie and Annie's mother to weave their new rug, so the child does everything she can to delay the project. When the grandmother explains her beliefs, Annie understands and no longer attempts to hold back time. PW praised Miles for a story representing ``a difficult challenge'' and Parnall's pictures that ``reflect the dignity of thetext,'' in the 1971 Newbery Honor book. (68)


Navajo Indians--Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng)
- 0316571172
0316571202 (pbk.)
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