Bibliographic Information: Dorris, M. (1992). Morning Girl. New York: Hyperion Book for Children.
Short Annotation: Morning girl is a girl who loved the morning. Her bother, Star Boy, loved the night. They are children that are growing up in the Taino Indian culture and each chapter gives us an insight of the culture. They also talk about their experiences seeing the arrival of the first Europeans.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Readers who will like this book: readers who like Native American books; readers who like to read books about exploring and discovering things; reader who like how different cultures live their lives; readers who like to read about community
Personal Response/Rating: 3 – I liked reading about the life and culture of Morning Girl and Star Boy. However, I didn’t like that each chapter went from the point of view of Morning Girl and Star Boy.
Text-Dependent Question: How does Morning Girl feel about the arrival of Europeans?
Reading Strategy: Open-Minded Portraits – This strategy allows students to get to know more about the main character. This strategy is an appropriate instructional match for this book because it allows students to make a portrait of a main character and better understand the main character.