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 We are grateful : otsaliheliga
 Author: Sorell, Traci

 Publisher:  Charlesbridge (2018)

 Dewey: 975.004
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 836002 ISBN: 9781580897723
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Cherokee Indians
 Cherokee language
 Cherokee Indians -- Religion

Price: $22.58

Modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

 Illustrator: Lessac, Frane
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 199588

 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2019

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/15/18)
   School Library Journal (+) (07/01/18)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/11/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 K-Gr 2—Sorell, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, offers readers a look at contemporary Cherokee life as she follows a family through the seasons of the year as they take part in ceremonies and festivals. The book opens, "Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude. It is a reminder to celebrate our blessings and reflect on struggles—daily, throughout the year…." Beginning in the fall (uligohvsdi) with the Cherokee New Year, a variety of rituals and cultural symbols are introduced, all in spare, lyrical, accessible language. Traditional foods, crafts, and songs are part of the engaging narrative, as is the refrain, "we say otsaliheliga." Once through the calendar, Sorell circles back to the Cherokee National Holiday (Labor Day weekend), "when we recall the ancestors' sacrifices to preserve our way of life…. to celebrate nulistanidolv, history, and listen to our tribal leaders speak." Cherokee words are presented both phonetically and written in the Cherokee syllabary. Lessac's lovely gouache folk-art style paintings bring the scenes to life. Back matter includes a description of the various ceremonies, notes, and a page devoted to the Cherokee syllabary. VERDICT This informative and authentic introduction to a thriving ancestral and ceremonial way of life is perfect for holiday and family sharing.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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