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Traci Sorell (The Children's Book Podcast #460)

September 7, 2018

WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA    

 

Traci Sorell (@tracisorell) is the author of WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA, a new picture book featuring Cherokee men and women, children and grandparents, family and friends throughout the year, in all seasons, grateful. It’s a book that speaks loudly by asking readers to listen closely. Traci shares in our conversation the universal value of gratitude, emphasizing that life is not just about being grateful for the good things that happen to you. I think it's a message we all need to hear and I'm grateful for such a beautiful book to spark the conversation.

 

  

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

 

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.

 

  

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Traci Sorell writes poems, fiction and nonfiction works for children. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Traci grew up in northeastern Oklahoma, where her tribe is located.

 

Learn more about Traci Sorell at www.tracisorell.com

 

And purchase any one of Traci's books for you, your readers, a friend, or a library HERE.

 

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