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Decode the story of the Sioux who helped win the war.
In World War II, code making and code breaking reached a feverish peak. The fabled Enigma cipher had been broken, and all sides were looking for a secure, reliable means of communication. Many have heard of the role of the Navajo Code Talkers, but less well-known are the Sioux Code Talkers, who used the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota dialects. Told by the great-niece of John Bear King, who served in the First Cavalry as a Sioux Code Talker, this informative title explores not only the importance of the indigenous peoples to the war but also their culture and values. Follow the seven Sioux who put aside a long history of prejudice against their people and joined the fight against Japan.
|Publisher:||Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Andrea M. Page is a sixth grade ELA teacher and member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Her interest in her great-uncle’s story began in 1994 when a family member found a newspaper article about John Bear King, revealing his previously unknown World War II service. For twenty years, Page has gathered information on his story through interviews and research. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is so important to the people of my part of the country, but also to anyone interested in WWII or Native American issues. Author Andrea Page, a relative of Sioux Code Talker Sioux John Bear King, sets the stage by giving an account of Sioux culture and history. She goes on to tell how Sioux men chosen to be code talkers were part of the US Army's efforts in winning battles in WWII's Pacific Theater. Her excellent writing lets the reader see the irony of a government that once punished the Sioux for speaking their language now using that language to win a war. Page's thorough research includes photos and transcripts of some of the messages Sioux Code Talkers sent and received. Complete with summary bio information about each of the featured Code Talkers, a bibliography, and index, this book adds new material to the WWII canon. Written as juvenile nonfiction, this book would appeal to adults as well as young people.
What in interesting account of top-secret events in America's history! Page's writing style and the photos throughout kept me turning the pages. Her careful attention to the details and years of research are a special tribute to her family and so many heroes of WWII. I highly recommend it to adults and young-adults to gain appreciation of what our Native Americans have contributed to America's freedom. The actions of these men exemplify loyalty, bravery and integrity.
Andrea Page's first book is brilliant! She has seamlessly woven together various accounts of Native American history and relayed dignified stories of their resilience throughout the many atrocities brought on by American settlers. This incredibly engaging topic about a little known part of our history breathes life into the story of the Native American people’s participation in helping the United States win WWII. Page has researched relentlessly and it shows; from the details about Native American culture and the actual code transmissions, to the historical photos included. I highly recommend this book as it takes the reader on the long and frustrating journey of the Native Americans; the way of their traditional life, the required “civilization” by American settlers (essentially stripping them of their culture), to their vital role in WWII. You will be sure to wonder why this part of history has been such a well-kept secret and if the United States would have won WWII had it not been for code talkers. This is a must read!
This is a wonderfully written book full of amazing stories. The real Americans, the Native Americans made significant contributions to history and this book highlights that.