Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School

Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School

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Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School by Timothy P. McLaughlin, S. D. Nelson

This is an exceptional poetry collection written by Lakota students in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The historic school was founded in 1888 at the request of Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota. The poems enable readers to learn about the unique lives and heritage of students growing up in such distinctive circumstances and straddling cultures. The collection was compiled by a teacher at the school, working with school administrators, and contains never-before-published artworks by award-winning artist S. D. Nelson.

Praise for Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky

STARRED REVIEW

"This is an important collection that offers opportunities for insight into a culture that has too often been either ignored or misunderstood."

Booklist, starred review

"A moving, fascinating glimpse across cultures. Vivid, polychromatic illustrations by Nelson accompany the students’ evocative works."

Kirkus Reviews

"As a collection, the poems present an interesting, eye-opening look at the Lakota culture, which is one that is often overlooked. The paintings by S.D. Nelson are gorgeous and vibrant."

Library Media Connection

Awards:

New York Public Library’s Children's Books 2012: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing list

HONORABLE MENTION - 2012 Aesop Accolade, American Folklore Society

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419701795
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,363,453
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Timothy P. McLaughlin teaches Native American youths in schools. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. S. D. Nelson is Lakota and is the author of three previous children’s books for Abrams, including Black Elk’s Vision, an ALA Notable Book. Joseph M. Marshall III is a Lakota actor and writer.

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Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bwitchd3 More than 1 year ago
This book would make a great coffee table piece, as well as an excellent addition to a poetry collection. It’s heartfelt and real. These kids are offering up their hearts and souls to the readers of this book. The least we can do is give them a chance to express themselves.