2019, Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor Book2020, American Indian Youth Literature Award, Honor Book
2019 Sibert Honor Book
2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
NPR's Guide To 2018's Great Reads
2018 Book Launch Award (SCBWI)
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018
School Library Journal Best Books of 2018
2018 JLG selection
2019 Reading the West Picture Book Award
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.
A gracious, warm, and loving celebration of community and gratitude--Kirkus Reviews
The book underscores the importance of traditions and carrying on a Cherokee way of life--Horn Book
This informative and authentic introduction to a thriving ancestral and ceremonial way of life is perfect for holiday and family sharing--School Library Journal
An elegant representation--Shelf Awareness
About the Author
Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction for children featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma, where her tribe is located.
Frané Lessac is the illustrator of more than forty books for children. She has lived on the small Caribbean island of Montserrat, in London, and in Australia, and her work has taken her on many adventures in numerous countries. www.franelessac.com