Danny and the Dinosaur
"One day Danny went to the museum," is the first sentence of this book. In the museum, Danny sees other things, but is almost immediately drawn to the dinosaur section and is delighted to find a living dinosaur. Both agree to play with each other, and Danny rides out of the museum on the dinosaur's neck.
Reese notes the obvious problems with this illustration:
I presume this is a natural history museum since it has dinosaurs. It contains Indians and Eskimos stuffed and mounted with the other wild animals. It treats them as objects and artifacts--as things rather than people.
This is an excellent metaphor for what most Americans think about Indians. Wearing Plains outfits...frozen in the past...grouped with other savage beasts. "But, hey, we didn't forget about the Indian. No sirree! We're honoring him with this noble display in the North American Hall of Predators. And with our sports mascots and hipster headdresses, too!"
For more on the subject, see Indians in Natural History Museums and The Best Indian Books.