Book - 2022
Because she has been very ill and weak, River cannot join in the dancing at this year's tribal powwow, she can only watch from the sidelines as her sisters and cousins dance the celebration--but as the drum beats she finds the faith to believe that she will recover and dance again.
- Children's stories Pictorial works
Watertown, MA :
- Physical Description
- 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
- Includes bibliographical references.
- Main Author
- Other Authors
When River first wakes up on tribal powwow day, she feels a surge of excitement before remembering that there will be "no dancing./ No jingle dress competition for me./... I can't dance like I could before I got sick." Attending the powwow with family, River, portrayed with light brown skin and short hair in a marigold jingle dress, hopes to dance Grand Entry and the intertribal dance, but is fatigued, unfocused, and "can't feel the drum's heartbeat." Yet, watching from a nearby seat as the dancers connect to "the drum,/ Mother Earth,/ and one another," and witnessing family and friends participating in the girls' jingle dance, she realizes: "They dance for/ the Creator,/ the ancestors,/ their families,/ and everyone's health.../ including mine." In sensory-focused lines, Sorell (We Are Still Here!), who is Cherokee, creates a resonant, hopeful tale about the healing power of community and tradition, deftly capturing the powwow's essence. Textural digital illustrations by Goodnight (Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi!), who is Chickasaw, focus on the event's sights and its participants' fluid movements, effectively conveying River's sideline perspective and desire to dance with her community once again. Back matter offers more information about powwows. Ages 4–8. (Feb.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 3—Powwow Day has arrived but River is recovering from an illness and unable to participate in the pageantry and tradition of the day. Little River is aching to join her family and community in the dances but is unable to "feel" the drums and becomes discouraged at having to remain on the sidelines. Her family and friends help River reach the realization that they are dancing for their community, traditions, healing, and most importantly, for her. The author develops the plot by creating text that is rooted in feeling and emotional connection. As a Cherokee Nation member, Sorell infuses the story with information about various traditions and experiences. Chickasaw Nation member Goodnight provides exquisitely detailed illustrations that exemplify the meaning and importance of Powwow Day. VERDICT A tender and inspiring view of Indigenous traditions and how celebrating them can lead to healing and redemption.—Brittany McMahon Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.
Unable to dance at the powwow this year due to illness, River feels isolated and alone until she discovers the healing power of community, in this uplifting, contemporary Native American story. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Because she has been very ill and weak, River cannot join in the dancing at this year's tribal powwow, she can only watch from the sidelines as her sisters and cousins dance the celebration--but as the drum beats she finds the faith to believe that she will recover and dance again.Review by Publisher Summary 3
In this uplifting, contemporary Native American story, River is recovering from illness and can't dance at the powwow this year. Will she ever dance again?
River wants so badly to dance at powwow day as she does every year. In this uplifting and contemporary picture book perfect for beginning readers, follow River's journey from feeling isolated after an illness to learning the healing power of community.
Additional information explains the history and functions of powwows, which are commonplace across the United States and Canada and are open to both Native Americans and non-Native visitors. Author Traci Sorell is a member of the Cherokee Nation, and illustrator Madelyn Goodnight is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.