We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga [hc]
Written by Traci Sorell, an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Illustrated by Frané Lessac.
The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah. 32 pages
"The book underscores the importance of traditions and carrying on a Cherokee way of life while simultaneously incorporating modernity and challenging dated media images of Indigenous people." -The Horn Book, Starred Review (Primary)
September 4, 2018
AR Level=3.0; Lexile Level=970
2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
2019 Sibert Honor Book
NPR's Guide To 2018’s Great Reads
2018 Book Launch Award (SCBWI)
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018
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