We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

by Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac

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2019 Sibert Honor Book
2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
NPR's Guide To 2018’s Great Reads
2018 Book Launch Award (SCBWI)
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018
School Library Journal Best Books of 2018

2018 JLG selection
2019 Reading the West Picture Book Award

The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

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.

"A gracious, warm, and loving celebration of community and gratitude"—Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

"The book underscores the importance of traditions and carrying on a Cherokee way of life"—Horn Book STARRED REVIEW

"This informative and authentic introduction to a thriving ancestral and ceremonial way of life is perfect for holiday and family sharing"—School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

"An elegant representation"—Shelf Awareness STARRED REVIEW

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632896339
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 50 MB
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Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

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. www.franelessac.com

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Uligohvsdi – Fall
When cool breezes blow and leaves fall, we say otsaliheliga…
…as shell shakers dance all night around the fire, and burnt cedar’s scent drifts upward during the Great New Moon Ceremony.
…as we clean our house, wear new clothes, enjoy a feast, and forget old quarrels to welcome the Cherokee New Year.

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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NVCrittenden 9 months ago
This is a fabulous book about gratitude! I loved how the book moved along season by season and discussed Cherokee culture and traditions in a modern-day setting. The vibrant illustrations were a perfect pairing with the text. Super informative back-matter including a Cherokee syllabary. Outstanding!
JessicaOliveros More than 1 year ago
A lovely book about gratitude, a sentiment that the Cherokee nation carries throughout each season. I love the vibrant illustrations that depict the varied lives of its citizens. The seasonal timeline will feel familiar to children who read/are read this book, while also giving them insight into the Cherokee culture. I imagine every child with Cherokee heritage will treasure this book for life. Ms. Sorell, a member of the Cherokee nation herself, lends authenticity in her lyrical, dual language narrative. A must have for every family and classroom.