A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Information about the history, traditions, and different events at powwows.
Community and tradition are important and bring comfort and ease to people for many reasons.
Positive Role Models
River's family and friends support her emotionally and take her place in the dances when she can't do it.
Native American characters, culture, and traditions are centered here.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Powwow Day, by Traci Sorell, a member of the Cherokee Nation, and illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, weaves Native American traditions and culture into an uplifting story of a sick girl's longing to be back dancing at her community's powwow. Warm images cover each page, vibrant colors of people, costumes, and dancing at the powwow. At the end of the book there's extensive, detailed information written at just the right level for young readers.
Is It Any Good?
The combination of Traci Sorell's gentle words and Madelyn Goodnight's vibrant illustrations brings depth and feeling to this touching story. Powwow Day unites the community's traditions and one girl's loneliness and sorrow, showing how the support of her family and friends makes all the difference in her outlook. The information at the end of the book is especially informative, using clear and simple language to describe the history and meaning of powwows.
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