Search Results: "S.D. Nelson"


BOOK REVIEW

SITTING BULL by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Solidly historical and far more heartfelt than those on the overcrowded shelf of assignment-fodder profiles. (endnotes, bibliography, index) (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
A reverent tribute to the great Hunkpapa chief and holy man, cast as a memoir with a rich array of new and contemporary illustrations. Read full book review >

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DIGGING A HOLE TO HEAVEN by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A useful and thorough piece of work combining fiction and nonfiction, with an extensive author's note detailing the history of coal mining. (timeline, notes, bibliography, index) (Fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 8-12) "
Nelson departs from his usual Native American stories in this informative look at child coal miners. Read full book review >

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GREET THE DAWN by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2012

"A serene, joyous appreciation of our place in the natural world. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Past and present meet in a hymn to the Lakota Circle of Life. Read full book review >

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QUIET HERO by S.D. Nelson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Hayes's life adds yet another sad chapter to the history of this country's treatment of Native Americans, but other than his courage as a soldier, this gives children no particular reason to admire, or even care particularly, about him. (source list) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Object of a hit song, a 1961 film and studies for adults, but not a separate profile for younger readers, Ira Hayes was less a "true American hero," as Nelson argues, than a tragic figure incapable of handling the fame that was thrust upon him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUFFALO BIRD GIRL by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Pair with Nelson's Gift Horse (1999) for a broad vision of Plains Indian childhood. (notes, bibliography, index) (Informational picture book. 7-12)"
A noted Native American artist interprets the early life of Buffalo Bird Woman, Waheenee-wea, one of the last of the Hidatsa to live according to old traditions. Read full book review >

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RED CLOUD by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"An impressive amount of information movingly and handsomely conveyed. (Biography. 9-12)"
The Oglala Lakota chief Red Cloud saw the disintegration of resistance against the United States Cavalry on the Great Plains at the end of the 19th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE CHRISTMAS by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"An informative, well-written author's note details the history of the Coyote character in Native-American legends. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Nelson, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, uses the traditional Coyote trickster character as the focus of his contemporary holiday story, set on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas. Read full book review >

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THE STAR PEOPLE by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An exemplary offering. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Set in the 1800s, this traditional story retold by a member of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Tribe, tells of Sister Girl and her younger brother, who are caught in the middle of a raging prairie fire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"An impressive debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From newcomer Nelson, a starry-eyed but exhilarating story of a Lakota boy coming of age on the Plains during the 19th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM THORPE’S BRIGHT PATH by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Finished with a career recap, plus a discussion of the long effort to restore Thorpe's confiscated Olympic medals, this doesn't make the most comprehensive, or searching, profile—but young readers in need of a role model could hardly do better. (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
The creators of Crazy Horse's Vision (2000) offer another inspiring American portrait, again focusing on their subject's youth and extraordinary accomplishments. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRAZY HORSE’S VISION by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Like A Boy Called Slow, also by Bruchac (1995), this makes inspirational reading and affords a glimpse into the heart of a renowned American leader. (Picture book/biography. 9-11)"
Bruchac (Sacajawea, 2000, etc.) teams up with a Lakota (Sioux) artist for an atmospheric view of the feared and revered Crazy Horse's youth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 2012

"A moving, fascinating glimpse across cultures, perfect to pair with Trickster (2010) by Matt Dembicki. (Anthology. 11 & up)"
Poet and teacher McLaughlin, after gradually connecting with his students at Red Cloud Indian School, provided them with creative-writing prompts that yielded sometimes-magical outcomes. Read full book review >