Book Reviews of Hoop of Peace, The.

1. "The Hoop of Peace records the timeless tradition of the hoop dance, a gift of the Lakota people to the rest of humanity. Author Jan Havnen-Finley and artist Ken "Rainbow Cougar" Edwards effectively combine text, black-and-white sketches, and photographs of hoop dancer. Kevin Locke, to convey the great vision of the Sioux holy man, Black Elk. This vision is a time when there is peace among the tribes and all nations - a valuable vision for all (grades 2-5)." (Iowa Reading Journal, October, 1995)

2. "Written in a style suitable for young readers, this book describes the art of Lakota hoop dancer Kevin Locke with words, drawings and black-and-white photos." (MSRRT Newsletter, September 1995)

3. Rarely are non-fiction books portrayed as intriguingly as The Hoop of Peace. Tokaheya Inajin, a representative of the Lakota people, introduces readers to the Native American art of Hoop Dancing. He travels, showing audiences everywhere what it means to imagination and embrace tradition. Hoop dancing tells many stories, but The Hoop of Peace connects readers to the "Great Hoop of Peace". The "Great Hoop of Peace" is a formation with many interlocking and multi-colored hoops. These hoops represent the different cultures and countries that shape humanity. According to tradition, the hoops are interlocking and depend on each other to remain intact. At the center of the Great Hoop of Peace is the tree of life, which stands to protect and shelter all of humanity. The reading level stands at middle elementary, but is appropriate for readers of all ages. Black and white photographs paired with simple black -and-white drawings are effective at conveying the movement and emotions behind this beautiful tradition. Oneota Reading Journal, Fall 2005