By Kristy Orona-Ramirez
Illustrated by Jonathan Warm Day
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Kiki is a city girl who calls Los Angeles home. But home is also a place filled with expressions of her family’s Tiwa Indian heritage. Her parents left the Taos Pueblo reservation long ago, and Kiki hasn’t been back since she was a baby. She hardly even remembers what the Pueblo is like, until she returns with her parents during spring break. Suddenly, Kiki feels like a tourist in a place that should feel like home.
Kristy Orona-Ramirez’s tender story sensitively portrays the rewards and challenges of contemporary Indian life, and Jonathan Warm Day’s vivid illustrations glow with the Southwestern sun.
About the Creators
(Taos Pueblo/Tarahumara) grew up in California’s San Gabriel Valley. From an early age, she showed a penchant for the creative arts, and has been writing short stories and poetry since she was seven years old. Kiki’s Journey was inspired by Kristy’s own first trip to Taos Pueblo. Kristy focused on Native American studies at Humboldt State University, where she completed the Indian Teacher Personnel Program (ITEPP). A fourth grade teacher, Kristy also has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. Kristy is also lead singer for the Native American Northern drumming group, The Mankillers. She currently resides in Riverside, California with her husband and four children.
(Taos Pueblo) is a well-known artist and writer who grew up on the Taos Pueblo Indian Reservation. Jonathan began woodcarving as a child, and was introduced to painting by his mother, Eva Mirabal, who was also an artist. He studied art at the University of New Mexico. His paintings have been exhibited in various galleries, and are included in several important collections. When writing, he draws inspiration from his personal experiences and his family’s oral traditions. He lives in Taos with his two daughters.
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades 2 - 5
Reading Level:Grades 4 - 4
Comparing/Classifying/Measuring, Similarities and Differences, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Native American Interest, Home, Holidays/Traditions, Grandparents, Families, Environment/Nature, Dreams & Aspirations, Cultural Diversity, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Gratitude, People In Motion, Realistic Fiction, Pride, California
Part of These Collections
Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, California Book Collection , Native American English Collection, Native American English Collection Grades PreK-2, Fluent English, Fluent Dual Language , English Guided Reading Level R, Recognizing & Managing Emotions Collection, Social and Emotional Learning Collection