“I call myself a wordkeeper, or a keeper of words. I enjoy words and looking at them on all sides… Words are magnificent… They form rhythms of living in meaningful prose… It is the force of my desire, my wish to make myself understood, that powers these words.”
― Virginia Hamilton
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Books that Speak the Truth: S.D. Nelson
"Laughter itself is a holy gift."-S.D. Nelson
Do you know S.D. Nelson? He is an Illustrator/Author and he lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. His splendid artwork of watercolors caught my attention after I saw his book Red Cloud on a blogger's page. Nelson's book Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender is about the great Lakota Chief Red Cloud. He was a controversial leader and deeply opposed white Expansion into Native American territory. However, this is not Nelson's first book about the great Lakota/Sioux leaders and warriors. His first book in this series was Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of his People. Sitting Bull was one of the greatest Lakota/Sioux warriors and chiefs. Sitting Bull directed his people against the U.S. Army and he was also in the forefront of battles like Killdeer Mountain and Little Bighorn. Another book in this series is Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota's Story, Black Elk was an Oglala-Lakota medicine man. At an early age, Black Elk was warned to beware of the "Wha-shi-choo" or white people. Black Elk held on to this vision to help his people.
The Star People: A Lakota Story, Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way, Gift Horse: A Lakota Story, and Coyote Christmas: A Lakota Story, are a few of the great books written and illustrated by S.D. Nelson that pay homage to the Lakota people. Moreover, I wanted to understand what would motivate S.D. Nelson to write great books and create awesome artwork about the Lakota people. S.D. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas. His people are known as the Sioux or Lakota. Nelson brings the history of these astounding people to life. I am impressed that S.D. Nelson is able to bring these important points of history to life.
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“When we’re talking about diversity, it ‘s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.” Ava DuVernay How many times have you talked about Diversity? When was the last time you suggested Inclusion? Diversity and Inclusion can affect everyone, but where can we start talking about diversity? Home and school are the best places, a multicultural education is an important component. It is important just like reading, writing, science, history, and math. We might not believe in the same thing, but we can learn from one another and that is something to value. The first time I heard about The We Belong Bunch I saw a drawing of The We Belong Bunch Friends. I was impressed by the diversity and of course the cuteness overload. Together We Focus LLC presents, The We Belong Bunch: Pookie J.’s School Day, is a book all about celebrating and understanding differences. The book is told from the perspective of a little boy named Pookie J. who goes th…
Grandparents are the greatest! They make you treats, give you presents, and spoil you. But have you ever heard of a grandma that flips. Well meet Mrs. Yonce Daniels the Flipping Ya-Ya. I know you’re thinking, “Why is she called a Flipping YaYa?” My Flipping YaYa by Yonce Daniels is told through the eyes of a little girl name Zuri. Zuri’s grandmother (Yaya) is a great flipper. Yaya tumbles, flips, teaches Zuri how to swing on bars, and how to walk on balance beams. I enjoyed reading this book because it is different from the normal books about grandmothers. Zuri wants to do everything her Yaya does even if it takes her a while to catch up. Yaya not only shows Zuri her style, but she also encourages her to never give up.
I also enjoyed this book because the daughter of Daniels is the amazing illustrator. Artist Daryl Myntia Daniels has amazing drawings in this book. I think her art has its on way of being dramatic and I love it! It adds a great touch to My Flipping YaYa, the daughter…
Hello, everyone, Miss T has been kind of busy and trying to relax for the Summer. Also, I am getting some amazing things ready for Miss T's Book Room. July is upon us and all I can think about is Family Reunions, Back to School Bashes, and more Summer Fun! But do you know what goes great with all these things, Food!
Eating is one of my favorite past times…. I grew up in a Food Loving Family! I come from a long line of great cooks, which consist of my grandmother, mom, aunts, and a few cousins! I was born and raised in the South, so I know that food has a way of touching your soul. As for myself, I like trying out new recipes and trying new foods.
Food preparation is an art, watching people cook is like watching an artist paint a masterpiece. When you cook, you reveal your creative side! Have you ever watched Chopped and Chopped Junior on The Food Channel? I love those shows! The adults and children must think quickly when given unordinary ingredients. The contestants compete agains…