by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac
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.
Target age: 4-7
"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