Children's LiteratureSequoyah was a Cherokee born in the mid-1700s and destined to invent an alphabet for his people. He called Cherokee writing, "Talking leaves." Sequoyah also used the name George Guess, from his father, a white man. His mother Wurteh raised him on a small farm in Tennessee. Sequoyah was a smart boy who was always eager to learn new things and new ways to solve problems. When he grew older, he decided to become a silversmith. He wanted to mark his jewelry, but there was no written Cherokee language so he learned how to write his English name and placed it on his jewelry. When he grew tired of being a silversmith, he became a blacksmith. Eventually Sequoyah married a Cherokee woman and had children and they had to move westward to Arkansas Territory where the U.S. Government promised them land. Instead, Sequoyah moved to a nearby Cherokee village in present day Alabama and built a cabin and planted crops. While here, he became ill and, lying in bed, decided to work on his "Talking leaves" idea. Although all of Sequoyah's work was lost in a fire, he began again and invented a Cherokee alphabet. Soon, the Cherokee people accepted his work and "Talking leaves" spread throughout the village and beyond. Waxman weaves in the struggles of the Cherokee nation's battles with the U.S. government over land issues while focusing on Sequoyah's contribution to his people. Although always moving around to find a safe place to live, Sequoyah stayed true to his dream of helping his people in spite of overwhelming odds. Photographs and drawings, a timeline, websites, and further reading are included. 2004, Lerner Publications Company, Ages 8 to 12.