Powwow Day

­Charlesbridge. Feb. 2022. 32p. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9781580899482.
PreS-Gr 3–Powwow Day has arrived but River is recovering from an illness and unable to participate in the pageantry and tradition of the day. Little River is aching to join her family and community in the dances but is unable to “feel” the drums and becomes discouraged at having to remain on the sidelines. Her family and friends help River reach the realization that they are dancing for their community, traditions, healing, and most importantly, for her. The author develops the plot by creating text that is rooted in feeling and emotional connection. As a Cherokee Nation member, Sorell infuses the story with information about various traditions and experiences. Chickasaw Nation member Goodnight provides exquisitely detailed illustrations that exemplify the meaning and importance of Powwow Day.
VERDICT A tender and inspiring view of Indigenous traditions and how celebrating them can lead to healing and redemption.

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