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    ISBN: 9781430143796

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    We Are Grateful 1 HC/1 CD
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    AudioFile Earphones Award " Each narrator lends a unique voice to the story, complementing the diverse contemporary Cherokee families who are depicted celebrating every season. Cherokee pronunciations are beautifully delivered to help listeners understand the language, while sounds of the forest and the community create ambiance. Listening with the picture book is the ideal way to appreciate this charming and important work with themes of being thankful, honoring family and ancestors, and coming together for celebrations. ...."

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    Review by: Magazine Booklist - October 15, 2019
    Traditional Native American flute music introduces this seasonal tour of the contemporary Cherokee Nation’s culture in a paired picture book and audio. Opening with the Fall (“Uligohvsdi”), families rake leaves, clean houses, wear new clothes, and enjoy the Great New Moon Ceremony. In Winter (“Gola”) children go sledding, build a snowman, and savor buttery bean bread and steamy hominy soup. In Spring (“Gogeyo”) they celebrate the joy of the season’s first harvest, when they plant strawberries, “an ancestral sweet-smelling reminder not to argue with each other.” In every season, a chorus repeats “Otsaliheliga,” which means “We are grateful.” Cherokee words are always pronounced slowly and clearly by several authentic narrators of different ages, making the reading accessible to all. The audio offers a page-turn option. Back matter adds information about several references in the main body. Author’s notes include more explanations of Cherokee culture as well as pronunciation guides referencing Sequoyah’s invention of the Cherokee syllabary in which he codified the development of the Cherokee written language. A unique aural presentation of present-day Cherokees sharing their traditions.
    Review by: AudioFile Magazine - August 1, 2019
    The sounds of crickets, a crackling campfire, and music greet listeners as five narrators share the meaning of the term "otsaliheliga," a Cherokee word meaning "We are grateful." Each narrator lends a unique voice to the story, complementing the diverse contemporary Cherokee families who are depicted celebrating every season. Cherokee pronunciations are beautifully delivered to help listeners understand the language, while sounds of the forest and the community create ambiance. Listening with the picture book is the ideal way to appreciate this charming and important work with themes of being thankful, honoring family and ancestors, and coming together for celebrations. To give broader context, Traci Sorell narrates additional vocabulary and an author's note in a bright voice, and for further learning, Agalisiga Mackey clearly delivers the Cherokee syllabary.

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    Award: AudioFile Earphones Award    2019
    Award: AudioFile's Best Audiobooks of 2019    0

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