OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher White Bead Ceremony: Mary Greyfeather Gets Her Native American Name is written by Sherrin Watkins, a lawyer practicing in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. She draws on her Shawnee and Cherokee heritage for inspiration in this children's picture book about a four-year-old girl who just wants to play with her Barbies instead of repeating Shawnee language words. Mary Greyfeather's mother desperately wants her young daughter to learn Shawnee and is frustrated by her daughter who just wants to play. Grandmother steps in and explains that Mary is learning all the time and that a parent should not be angry with a child who finds no excitement in simply repeating Shawnee vocabulary. In fact, grandmother states that Mary did not receive her Shawnee name at birth and her parents should prepare immediately for this important ceremony. The preparations for the feast are underway as all the aunties, cousins, and grandparents assemble for the event. The naming of a child within ten days of birth is a significant ceremony for the Shawnee but as Mary's auntie comments, times have changed for the Shawnee. The aunties explain the process of finding a suitable name for an active four-year-old girl. They cover the grass eating animals, leaf eating animals, and water animals. In the explanations the aunties say the names of each animal in English and Shawnee and describe the characteristics of each creature. Finally a name is chosen for Mary and she receives her new name along with a white bead necklace. The entire family celebrates with a meal and present small gifts for Mary. The story ends with Mary's grandfather telling the child his Shawnee name and Mary repeating her new name. Accompanying the illustrations are 32 picture cards with Shawnee terms, a pronunciation guide, and a brief history of the Shawnee people. This is an excellent story about a contemporary Native American child who receives her special name in a simple family ceremony. The detailed and colourful illustrations are often tinged with subtle humour that complements the text. This title is available in a hardcover edition.