River wakes up in her bed to the sound of her sister's voice reminding her that today....today is Powwow Day. This day has always held so much possibility and joy for River but this year is different. This year River is still recovering from an illness that took her hair. She isn't strong enough to do what she has dreamed of doing - to dance at the Powwow.
River's whole family gathers their chairs, their family drum, and headed to the Powwow Day. Their entire community is gathering bringing with them all of the memories of the past and the traditions of then and now. The drums begin to beat.
River's heart and hopes begin to rise. Could she possibly get up and stand long enough to participate?
Something even more amazing is about to happen to River. Something that will stay with her forever.
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Powwow Day by Traci Sorrell, illus. by Madelyn Goodnight, following eight-year-old River’s journey from feeling isolated after an illness to learning the healing power of community;
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.---from the publisher
32 pages 978-1580899482 Ages 4-8
Keywords: Native American, Native American author, culture, dance, traditions, illness, disappointment, community, powwows, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, customs and traditions, respecting others, multicultural, diverse books, diversity