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There are three divisions:

(1) Children's Books,

(2) Teacher’s Educational Guides and Materials, and

(3) Other Resources:


(1) Children’s Books

 

Boy of the Painted Cave by Justen Denzel

Fiction, grade 6 or ages 9-14

This is a story about a boy who yearns to paint during Paleolithic Europe


Kokopelli’s Flute by Will Hobbs

Fiction, age 9-13

This is a story inspired by petroglyphs of Kokopelli on canyon walls, but the story does not center around rock art, but the figure of Kokopelli, set in the present in the Southwest.


Native American Rock Art, Messages from the Past  

By Yvette La Pierre and Illustrated by Lois Sloan, ISBN 1-56566-064-1

Ages: Primary to Adult, Non-fiction.

The text which is written for young readers is enhanced by beautiful illustrations and photographs.  Chapters include:  Introduction, The First Americans, Images on Stone, Making the Rocks Talk, How Old Is It? Deciphering the Stones, Vanishing Rock Art, and Rock Art Sites to Visit.

 

Stories in Stone, Rock Art Pictures by Early Americans

By Caroline Arnold and Photos by Richard Hewett, ISBN 0-395-72091-5

Ages:  Primary to Adult, Non-Fiction.

The text and photographs are about Little Petroglyph Canyon in the Coso Range of the Mojave Desert which is on NAWS at China Lake, California and has guided tours through the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California.

 

Messages on Stone, Selections of Native Western Rock Art

By William Michael Stokes and William Lee Stokes

Copyright 1980, Starstone Publishing Co.

Ages:  Primary to Adult.This paperback book describes the difference between pictographs and petroglyphs and techniques of production.  The booklet is then divided into categories of images and drawings of images, for example:  apparel and adornment, birds, hands, feet, etc.

 

Grand Canyon, A Trail Through Time

By Linda Vieira and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

ISBN 0-8027-7569-1, Fiction.

Ages: Primary to Adult

This is a “picture book” that describes the grandeur of the scenery, geologic history in the rock layers, and the traces left behind by the Havasupai and Anasazi.  While not directly about rock art, it has images on several pages and gives a context of its making.


Cactus Poems

By Frank Asch, author, and Ted Levin, photographer

ISBN-13:  9780152006761

Ages:  Primary to Adult

This is a collection of poetry with outstanding color photographs that celebrate ”the odd and awesome aspects of the four North American Deserts:  the Sonoran, the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Chihuhuan.”  Pages 19-20 has a poem entitled “Magic Rocks” about petroglyphs with photos from Arizona and New Mexico to accompany it.

 

Stones, Bones and Petroglyphs  

By Susan E. Goodman  photographs by Michael J Doolittle

Ages:  Primary to Adult

Antheum Books for Young Readers

New York, New York    1998

This book has great comprehensive text with photos.

 

On the Edge of Magic: Petroglyphs and Rock Paintings of the Ancient Southwest

By Salvatore Mancini

Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA    1996

Poems and photos  (K-12)

 
Weaving the Past with the Present
Illustrated and compiled by Geri Schrab
This is a coloring book of ancient petroglyph & pictograph sites of north america.
Please see http://www.artglyphs.com/coloringbook.htm.


Treasures of the Tavaputs by Donna K. Spangler and Jerry D. Spangler

Focuses on the archaeology of Desolation Canyon, Nine Mile Canyon and Range Creek near Price and was created with grants from Questar Pipeline and the Utah Division of State History. This book is featured in an article By Jennifer Toomer-Cook
Deseret Morning News http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,695194369,00.html

 

The 'Owl Panel,' as seen in the archaeology book 'Treasures of the Tavaputs,' is one of the most iconic sites in Nine Mile Canyon. (Steve Howe)

Steve Howe

The "Owl Panel," as seen in the archaeology book Treasures of the Tavaputs, is one of the most iconic sites in Nine Mile Canyon. 

The nonprofit Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance is donating this book to every Utah fourth- through seventh-grade teacher.    Books also are sold at various Utah museums and online at www.cparch.org.

Intrigue of the Past, Investigating Archaeology

A Teacher’s Activity Guide for Fourth through Seventh Grades

By Shelley J. Smith, Jeanne M. Moe, Kelly A. Letts, and Danielle M. Paterson

 

This is an interdisciplinary study with reproducible activity sheets for classroom use.  This was an effort of the State of Utah, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.  It covers for sections:  Fundamental Concepts, Utah’s First People, Process of archaeology, and Issues of Archaeology.  Contact:  BLM, Utah State Office, P.O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, Utah  84145-0155.



(2) Teacher’s Educational Guides and Materials

 

Boy of the Painted Cave by Justen Denzel resource guide is on-line by Marg Costello from San Francisco USD:

http://www.sfusd.k12.ca.us/schwww/sch618/Costello/Teacherguide.html 

Also there is a PDF file with Power Vocabulary Words found by simply typing in the title in Google, or: http://www.lexile.com/PowerV/Boy%20of%20Painted%20Cave.pdf

Boy of the Painted Cave can be the center of a thematic unit on Early Man in the sixth grade in CA by linking other activities to it.  Students can make their own paintbrushes from natural supplies, paint or draw cave art with chalk, design their own images.  Examples of Paleolithic art can be found in books from the library, by searching images on the web, and education stores sometimes sell posters.  Creating a classroom cave or corner cave with crumpled brown butcher paper helps set a good tone as the book nears its end.
 

Intrigue of the Past, Investigating Archaeology

A Teacher’s Activity Guide for Fourth through Seventh Grades

By Shelley J. Smith, Jeanne M. Moe, Kelly A. Letts, and Danielle M. Paterson

 

This is an interdisciplinary study with reproducible activity sheets for classroom use.  This was an effort of the State of Utah, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.  It covers for sections:  Fundamental Concepts, Utah’s First People, Process of archaeology, and Issues of Archaeology.  Contact:  BLM, Utah State Office, P.O. Box 45155, Salt Lake City, Utah  84145-0155.

 

 

 

(3) Other Resources:

 

Treasures of the Tavaputs by Donna K. Spangler and Jerry D. Spangler

Focuses on the archaeology of Desolation Canyon, Nine Mile Canyon and Range Creek near Price and was created with grants from Questar Pipeline and the Utah Division of State History. This book is featured in an article By Jennifer Toomer-Cook in the Deseret Morning News http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,695194369,00.html

 

The 'Owl Panel,' as seen in the archaeology book 'Treasures of the Tavaputs,' is one of the most iconic sites in Nine Mile Canyon. (Steve Howe)

Steve Howe

The "Owl Panel," as seen in the archaeology book Treasures of the Tavaputs, is one of the most iconic sites in Nine Mile Canyon. 

The nonprofit Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance is donating this book to every Utah fourth- through seventh-grade teacher.    Books also are sold at various Utah museums and online at www.cparch.org.

 

 

Images on Stone, The Prehistoric Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau

By Donald E. Weaver, Jr. ISBN 0-89734-072-8

Plateau Magazine, Volume 55, Number 2

The Museum of Northern Arizona

A non-fiction museum publication describing pictographs and petroglyphs of the Colorado Plateau, and how to date, record, and protect these sites.

 

Images In Stone

Photography by David Muench with Text by Polly Schaafsma

ISBN1-56313-442-X

This large 12x12 inch book displays David Muench’s excellent photographs of the rock art in 10 Geographic Regions.  Poly Schaafsma has an introductory essay entitled:  “Art in the Landscape” and has written the text for each section. 

 

Art on the Rocks: Rock Art of the Southwest  

by Bruce Hucko

Sierra Press,   Mariposa, CA    1999

A classroom use:  great for photos  (K-12)

 


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If there are other booksellers whose focus is rock art, please let us know so we can include them here.

 

This article was contributed by Sherry Eberwein