Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids

Category: Book
By (author): Smith, Cynthia Leitich
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious
  JUVENILE FICTION / Short Stories
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book Best Books of the Month
Bank Street Children’s Best Books of the Year
New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids
IndieBound Indie Next List
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: February 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.62in x 5.12in x 0.75in
Our Price:
$ 12.99
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

Native families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In a high school gym full of color and song, people dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. Young protagonists will meet relatives from faraway, mysterious strangers, and sometimes one another (plus one scrappy rez dog).

They are the heroes of their own stories.

Featuring stories and poems by:Joseph Bruchac Art CoulsonChristine DayEric GansworthCarole LindstromDawn QuigleyRebecca RoanhorseDavid A. RobertsonAndrea L. RogersKim RogersCynthia Leitich SmithMonique Gray SmithTraci Sorell, Tim TingleErika T. WurthBrian Young

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books

Review Quote*"This uplifting assembly affirms the vitality of Indigenous life today and offers accessible situations and characters to all young readers."
Review Quote*"The entries tell of the personal struggles, family joy, belief systems, and stunning regalia of various nations, including the Cree, Ojibwe, Choctaw, Cherokee, Navajo, Abenaki, and Haudenosaunee, through the eyes of the young protagonists. Enrollment issues, Indian wannabes, and veterans' histories are just a few of the serious themes addressed in these entertaining stories written by familiar and lesser-known writers alike. Senses of goodwill and humor pervade the book as well as the spirit of community, intersection, resilience, and a desire to remember the past... A joyful invitation to celebrate the circle of ancestors together."
Review Quote*"With exceptionally strong writing throughout, and appended with glossary, author notes, and acknowledgements, this makes an appealing choice for those just learning about contemporary Indigenous life as well as readers well versed with the powwow circuit."
Review Quote*"A wonderful introduction to the included authors' work and a persuasive encouragement to seek out more Indigenous stories."
Review Quote*"A thoughtful and sometimes funny celebration of a celebration, and whether kids are veteran powwow-goers or new to the experience, they'll long for the convivial warmth of the festivities."
Review Quote*"This anthology offers readers a variety of images of Native children while also introducing them to vocabulary from several different Indigenous languages, compiled in an appended glossary. According to Rogers's poem: "A powwow is / friends and family / …a way to remember those / who've passed on / …a place for belly-laughing / …healing / and soul-soothing," and this volume reflects all of those elements and more."