My Heart Is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl, Carlisle Indian School, Pennsylvania, 1880 (Dear America Series)

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Acclaimed historical novelist Ann Rinaldi makes her "Dear America" debut with the diary of a Sioux girl who is sent to a government-run boarding school to learn the white man's customs and language.
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Overview

Acclaimed historical novelist Ann Rinaldi makes her "Dear America" debut with the diary of a Sioux girl who is sent to a government-run boarding school to learn the white man's customs and language.
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Gr 4-7-As a potential translator and bridge between two cultures, Nannie Little Rose is assigned by her teacher at the Carlisle Indian School to keep a diary in order to practice and improve her English skills. Beginning in broken English, Nannie tells of her incredibly difficult first year at the school, including entries detailing her previous life as her ability to communicate in English grows. From December, 1879, to October, 1880, readers follow a remarkably resilient girl, uprooted from her home and culture, trying to find a place for herself in a rapidly changing world. Loyal, caring, and creative, she is able to see a spirit helper in a kitchen mouse and willing to defy regulations in mourning the death of her dearest friend. Rinaldi depicts widely divergent cultures with clarity and compassion. Captain Pratt, founder of a school that forcibly strips children of their native culture, also provides vocational training and field trips, and responds to his students as true individuals. The body of the text is followed by an epilogue telling of Nannie's later life, an extensive historical note, and black-and-white photos. The period, the setting, and Nannie herself all come to life. An excellent addition to a popular series.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL
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Beginning with slow, laboring words that lead first to ghastly realization, and then to mature understanding, Rinaldi (Cast Two Shadows, 1998, etc.) explores some of the tragic fates of Native American children during the late 1800s. This entry in the Dear America series explains how thousands of such children were sent away from their families and people to schools intended to purge them of traditional ways. As a student in Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian School, Nannie, 12, struggles to cope with the mysterious "white" people. She protects her vulnerable best friend, Pretty Eagle, who often goes into spiritual trances. When the whites mistake Pretty Eagle's trance state for death, and bury her alive, Nannie knows she could have prevented the tragedy, and finds this knowledge all but unbearable. This is a strong addition to Rinaldi's ongoing historical explorations; it builds slowly to a terrifying climax that will linger long in readers' emotions, and offers genuine insight into the courage, weaknesses, and essential humanity of Native American children who made the painful transition from old ways to new ones. (b&w photos, maps) (Fiction. 12+) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590149228
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Pages: 197
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

    My Heart Is on the Ground By : Ann Rinaldi

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    Book title and author: My Heart Is on the Ground , By Ann Rinaldi
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    This novel is about My Heart Is on the Ground . A Sioux Girl know as Nannie little Rose she was taken from her family in Dakota moved to Pennsylvania in 1880 . Nannie Little Rose arrived she went to school she saw the teacher and thought she would not like her everyday Missus Camp Bell , Nannie Little Rose's teacher made her write in this book everyday. Nannie Little Rose was wondering why she was the only child that had to write in that little book. Little Rose asked her teacher why she was the only person that has to write in the book. The teacher said that she new a little bit of English but not a enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    DIsappointing

    This is the first book I ever gave below four stars to. It was not very well written. I would expect more from Ann Rinaldi (A GREAT author). It was not very fun to read and was very poorly written. I think that this book should be more...I don't know...maybe it could seem more historical like. I mean, it was very historical and everything, but I think it should be more narrarative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Great Writing but not Accurate

    I must agree with some of the other reviewers that this book isn't very accurate. I don not believe that the white teachers were as nice as Mrs. Rinaldi makes them out to be. The only reason I give this book two stars is because it was well writin. There was a plot and the charcters were well developed. That is the only eason I give it two stars, how well done it is except in the accuracy department. Some of the other books in this series are better and I would read them instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2004

    enjoyed in the past and future

    I have read and re-read this book so many times in last 5 or 6 years. The information in it is now helping me with my AP history class prolect on the school. Even though i'm 16 i still read my dear america books, but this one is just OUTSTANDING!!! I think it affects more than just younger children, but older ones too. The feelings that are expressed in this piece and the flow of it, is truly a mark of Rinaldi's research and understanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Definitely a GREAT read~

    In 1869, A twelve-year-old girl named Little Rose lives with her Sioux Indian tribe in Carlisle, Pennsylvania after the Sioux are moved to a reservation in this ¿white people¿s¿ city as Little Rose describes it. My Heart is on the Ground, is Little Rose¿s diary where she keeps her feelings and experiences. Her teacher, Mrs. Campbell checks Little Rose¿s diary daily for the first week and tells Little Rose that her grammar is ¿detestable¿. This becomes Little Rose¿s favorite word. Despite the grammar issue, Mrs. Campbell is very proud of Little Rose. Then exciting news arrives: Little Rose has been invited to attend a ¿white¿ boarding school! Little Rose ponders whether to attend and finally decides to go to the boarding school, excited for a new experience. When Little Rose arrives, her clothes are taken and she is forced to choose a new name. Little Rose settles on the name Nannie, after being told the name ¿Little Rose¿ ties her to her ¿savage¿ past. In her diary, Little Rose writes of her experiences both horrifying and intriguing. I really loved this book. I thought it really reflected feelings of a twelve-year-old girl in this situation well. I loved to see Little Rose¿s stubbornness show. I got a little mad at her for adjusting so well to boarding school activities such as sewing and cooking. Later on in the book, though, I understood the only thing she could do in such a situation was to make the best of it. I could respect Little Rose when she was both angry and happy. I really applaud Ann Rinaldi for such a great work of literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    a heart that is strong

    This is a wonderful book. U=I've read it 6 times and it's not something you get tired of easily. Nannie shows a great need to help her people and If she was real she would

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    A book that you can't put down.

    My Heart is on the Ground is about a girl who moved far away from home. She went to a school with a new teacher and practiced writing in a diary/journal.The girl wrote in her diary about what she did and how bad she wanted to go home. If you are a girl who moved far away from home, this is a must book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    ABDUCTED BY NANNIE!

    Even though the book is sad, I highly recommend it. Nannie is a girl of 12 winters. She was sent to a school to learn the white peoples' way. She goes through a lot of sadness. She learns to forgive. She learns to forgive when she forgives Belle Rain Water, the girl who helped in killing Nannie's best friend, Pretty Eagle.Read this book to find out what happens next!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2001

    Rewiew On ''My Heart Is On The Ground''

    This is a GREAT book. When I first took it out of the libary,I thought that it would be boring. I proved myself wrong! Not only is ''My Heart Is On The Ground'' great, it is also informational. I learned a lot after reading this book.I highly recommend it. Happy reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2000

    IT WAS GREAT

    I found it a very good story.My favorite journal entry was the last one.So far I have 3 Dear America books and I'm aiming for a 4th one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2000

    A Wonderfully Written Historical Novel

    I would recommend this book to everyone. It is outstanding. It displays a realistic outlook on how Indians were forced to live. This book shows history in a way in which readers can learn about Indians and how they were treated. It shows that if they were educated how things might have been different but how they were smart to send their children to a school to learn to make a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2000

    ANOTHER GREAT BOOK!

    I thought this book was VERY good. It really showed how mean and nasty the whites were to the Native Americans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    My Heart Is on the Ground

    I really enjoyed the book My Heart Is on the Ground, by Ann Rinadi. It helped me understand more about the Carisdale Indian School and what the Indians who went there were like. I would highly recommed this book especially if you enjoy other books in the Dear America series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    A Great Book: My Heart Is on the Ground

    This book is historical fiction, and once I started reading it I couldn't put the book down. It's a diary about a Sioux girl, who goes to a boarding school in America. Nannie Little Rose (the Sioux girl) is taken with her brother to this school. In the beginning she doesnt like what has happened to her and tries to keep the Sioux ways alive for her at her school. But after a while she realizes that she must learn the white ways also. So, she continues her old ways, but also learns the white ways. Nannie Little Rose is a determined girl, and in the diary she writes how she feels and why she feels certian things. This is a book that I think many people would enjoy to read. I feel this because even though it is a historical fiction book, it includes real live places and events in the diary. There are many diaries like this about all diffrent times in history, and if you like learning about hisory, even just a little bit, you'll love these diaries!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 1999

    No Stars At All and Shame on Ann Rinaldi and Scholastic Press

    I work in a Native American Art Museum and part of our mission statement is to provide education and information to the general public (especially elementary school children) about Native Americans, past and present. I was first alerted to this book by Oyate Press and it was heartbreaking to read it. It is a travesty of typical stereotypical misinformation; and moreso because it is aimed at children. Ms. Rinaldi, and Scholastic Books, our job of education is difficult enough without this 'white'-washed and way-so inaccurate fiction masquerading under the guise of a 'diary.' I do not condone censorship, but I shudder at the thought that many young people (and older ones too) will be reading this book and assuming that history as rewritten by Euro-Americans was how it was. Carlisle and other Indian schools were not as depicted in this book at all. MY HEART IS ON THE GROUND is not only stereotypical garbage, it is racist pablum. I have grandchildren and this book will not fall into their hands, nor any other books by Ann Rinaldi. I cannot imagine any author these days writing such a disrespectful, inaccurate, and nauseating book. Some people will do anything for money. Our true stories and histories are out there, so are our storytellers.

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