Elan, Son of Two Peoples

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“Always remember you are the son of two proud nations,” Elan’s parents tell him when he turns 13. After celebrating his Bar Mitzvah in San Francisco, Elan, with his Jewish father and Native American mother, travels to New Mexico, where he takes part in a Pueblo manhood ceremony.

Based on a true story.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV033020, JUV030060, JUV017090
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Features Reviewed

Author: Heidi Smith Hyde

Heidi Smith Hyde is the director of education of Temple Sinai in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her books include Feivel's Flying Horses, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and Mendel's Accordion, winner of the Sugarman Award.

Illustrator: Mikela Prevost


School Library Journal

“An unusual piece of American and immigration history.” — School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Hyde (Feivel’s Flying Horses) uses spare but heartfelt prose to show how Elan’s family bridges, but never blurs, their two cultures. Prevost’s (Trouble Talk) watercolor and collage artwork combines beautifully subtle craftsmanship (the first rendering of the Acoma mesa is created from washes of color and folded paper) with the spontaneous, authentic feel of a period sketchbook.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Based on the life of a 19th-century Jewish man who became Pueblo governor, a sweet celebration of diverse heritage.” — Kirkus Reviews