Reviewed by Debbie Reese
Holden–the little boy in the story–is a combination of the author, his dad, and his nephew. Three things that especially appeal to me are…
First, that the little boy’s imagination is the heart of the story. Turning the pages, you’ll see what Holden sees–and what the rest of us miss–when we stand in rigid spaces. I could easily see teachers using it and alongside John Herrington’s Mission to Space.
Second, the art! When people think “American Indian” (or “Native American”) a certain imagery or style comes to mind. Vandever blows that expectation away with his own graphic style. Studying it, I’m reminded of Phil Deloria’s book Indians in Unexpected Places. We are, and do, so much more than mainstream society knows. In that regard, Vandever’s book is outstanding. Continue reading.
Fall in Line, Holden! by Daniel W. Vandever
Illustrator: Daniel W. Vandever
Published by Salina Bookshelf Genres: American Indians, First Nations, Metis, Inuit, School
Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Review Source: American Indians in Children's Literature
Publisher's Synopsis: Fall in Line, Holden! follows Holden, a young Navajo boy, through his day at boarding school. Although Holden is required to conform to a rigid schedule and strict standards of behavior, his internal life is led with imagination and wonder. Whether he is in art class, the computer lab, or walking the hall to lunch, Holden’s vivid imagination transforms his commonplace surroundings into a world of discovery and delight.
Explore the world through Holden’s eyes. Join him for the day, and celebrate the strong spirit of a boy who rises above the rules surrounding him.