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We are grateful : otsaliheliga / Traci Sorell ; Illustrated by Frané Lessac.

Sorell, Traci, (author.). Lessac, Frané, (illustrator.). Charlesbridge (Firm), (publisher.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library E S (Text) 33500013292610 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781580897723
  • ISBN: 158089772X
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
  • Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
Summary, etc.:
Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word that is used to express gratitude. Journey through the year with a Cherokee family and their tribal nation as they express thanks for celebrations big and small. This book presents a look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
Language Note:
Text in English and some in Cherokee.
Awards Note:
ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019
Boston Globe/Horn Book Picture Book Honor, 2019
Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers, 2018
CSMCL Best Books, 2018
Kirkus Prize Nominee for Young Readers' Literature, 2018
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Honor, 2019
Notable Social Studies Trade Books, for Young People, 2019
NPR Best Books, 2018
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2019
School Library Journal's Best Books, 2018

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 September #2
    In Cherokee culture, Sorell shares, the expression of gratitude is part of daily life and extends from elaborate celebrations to struggles to ordinary life moments. She organizes her debut picture book by seasons, beginning with the fall, which is a time for collecting foliage for basket making and remembering those who suffered on the Trail of Tears. It also contains the Cherokee New Year and the Great New Moon Ceremony, a celebration of renewal and coming together. Each season section starts with the name of the season in Cherokee, an expression of gratitude for the change in nature, and subsequent pages describing community activities pertinent to that season. Lessac's folkloric illustrations in bright gouache colors stand in pleasing contrast to the book's contemporary feel and setting. The text reads like poetry but has a gentle instructional dimension to it. On many pages, Cherokee words are accompanied by English translations, pronunciation guides, and Cherokee syllabary. Back matter contains relevant explanations and provides good context, and the author's note sets past misrepresentations right. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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.

Subject: Cherokee Indians > Juvenile literature.
Cherokee language > Juvenile literature.
Cherokee Indians > Religion > Juvenile literature.
Gratitude > Juvenile literature.
Seasons > Juvenile literature.
Cherokee Indians > Juvenile literature
Cherokee language > Juvenile literature
Cherokee Indians > Religion > Juvenile literature
Gratitude > Juvenile literature
JUVENILE NONFICTION > People & Places > United States > Native American.
Cherokee Indians.
Cherokee Indians > Religion.
Cherokee language.
Cherokee Indians.
Cherokee language.
Cherokee Indians > Religion.
Genre: Picture books for children.
Picture books.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.

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