|At the mountain's base|
Author: Sorell, Traci
A family, separated by duty and distance, waits for a loved one to return home to her Cherokee family from serving as a pilot.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 506310
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/19)
School Library Journal (09/01/19)
Booklist (+) (11/01/19)
The Hornbook (00/09/19)
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School Library Journal - 09/01/2019 K-Gr 3—A military family awaits the return of their loved one in this lyrical tribute to modern warrior women. At the mountain's base, beneath a hickory tree, sits a cabin, and inside, next to a cozy stove, a grandmother weaves and prays, surrounded by family members singing. Within their song, a pilot flies into danger seeking peace, and Sorell's simple yet poetic text circles back to the family in the cabin, huddled together, "waiting for her return." Individual color strands woven throughout Alvitre's watercolor and ink illustrations come together to form a striking tapestry encircling the cabin, linking its inhabitants to the pilot. Generous white space and colorful frames focus attention on the connections between the human figures. An afterword summarizes the achievements of Indigenous women in the armed forces and briefly mentions the career of Ola Mildred Rexroat, an Oglala Lakota pilot and member of the WASPs in World War II. VERDICT Accessible to a wide range of young audiences and military families, this picture book is also a unique and specific recognition of the strength and courage of Indigenous women. A first-purchase for any library.—Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Hennepin County Library, MN - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/01/2019 *Starred Review* A group of women gather in a cabin to sing and pray for the safe return of one of their kin—a pilot who is away at war. As their song reaches her, she too prays for the safety of her loved ones—the women in the cabin at the base of the mountain. The well-crafted brevity of Sorell’s poem belies the weight of the women’s emotions and the significance of the topic being honored. We learn from the author’s note that Native women have always held military roles: in intertribal conflicts, against European colonialism, and in the U.S. Armed Forces. With illustrations by award-winning comic artist Alvitre, a more powerful pairing of art and text is difficult to imagine. At the core of the poem is a grandma who is “weaving. / And worrying.” The strands of her weaving spin across the pages, framing panels of stunningly detailed and realistic renderings of the mountain, the cabin, and the women’s faces. Sorell and Alvitre invite readers to think about intergenerational connections, the power of love, and the juxtaposition of vulnerability and strength that the women embody. With a message that is universal while also centering on Native women, this blend of fiction and nonfiction, the human and the divine, is simply brilliant. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.