- The Year of Miss Agnes
- One Small Blue Bead
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After decades of disinterest, backwoods Indian children in Alaska are amazed to find school learning offers real values, and even happiness, thanks to a teacher from England.
The new teacher wears pants! Frederika, a 10 year old Athapaskan native, remarks, "We sure never started school throwing books out before". When Miss Agnes produced new art supplies she said, "The first thing you must do is brighten this school up." Who cares about reading, writing and arithmetic? People have to fish, hunt & trap. What could little Jimmy Sam, who could already disassemble and restore engines, or deaf Bokko, learn in school? A lot!
A boy in a primitive tribe assumes an old man's chores, so the elder can leave to see if other men live in the world —both discover human benevolence.
Baylor successfully uses a little blue bead to show human curiosity, ambition and benevolence. The story, all in verse, begins in the present, with a blue bead tucked beside a tuft of grass. Flashback to a young cave-era boy who is captivated by an elder's burning desire to see if other men exist. The boy agrees to double his work so the man can go! Time passes. The boy's hope begins to wane. The tribe decides to move to a new hunting range. Suddenly, strangers arrive, and the men bristle with spears. What of the blue bead?