Lexile Score: n/a
Maturity level: 5th grade
Pages: 110 Chapters: 12 Average Chapter Length: 10 pages
Theme: race, family, friendship
Project ideas: Collect family stories/fables, research different calendars
First Line: “Lori, follow me,” Lana ordered.
Main Character: Lori
Review in 25 words or less: A year in the life of a Lakota girl with strong family ties and traditions. Very good, not great.
This is a lovely, simple book that would stimulate discussion about the issue of race, and in particular, American Indian issues. However, I felt the “crisis” to be contrived and predictable, and wasn’t moved by the sparse text. On the other hand, it provides a window into a very “functional” modern American Indian family, and would be a good addition to any classroom trying to make an effort to have many ethnicities and family types represented in text.