Children of Clay

A Family of Pueblo Potters

From the Series We Are Still Here: Native Americans Today

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Like their Pueblo ancestors, Gia Rose and her family treat the clay with respect. They believe that Clay-Old-Woman, the spirit of clay, watches over their work and that she lives and breathes within each piece of pottery. Many things have changed at Santa Clara Pueblo, but the making of pottery remains the same. It is still done completely by hand, using clay taken from the earth and other natural materials. Follow one family as they carry on the age-old Pueblo tradition of pottery-making.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 1992
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 1992-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.1
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF018040, JNF052020, JNF007050
Dewey 978.9'52
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 8.125
Lexile 870
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 5.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 49529
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Maps, and Reviewed



“Swentzell gives readers an intimate look into the customs of contemporary Pueblo people of northern New Mexico. . . The book not only describes what must be done to produce the beautiful pots, and the cultural importance of each step, but also emphasizes how Gia Rose’s family works together to maintain a tradition that has endured through generations.”

School Library Journal

“A beautifully illustrated short work on the life of a family of potters from Santa Clara Pueblo.”
School Library Journal

Author: Rina Swentzell

Photographer: Bill Steen