Walking On Earth & Touching The Sky (Out of Stock)


Author:
McLaughlin, Timothy P.
Grade Levels:
Six, Seven, Eight, Nine
Nation:
Lakota, Plains, Sioux
Book Type:
HC
Pages:
80
Publisher:
Abrams Books for Young Readers

Price:
Sale price$26.95
Stock:
In stock

Description

Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose from Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School is a poetry anthology with a difference. Collected in this anthology are 109 poems and short prose pieces authored by 61 former students of Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation between1997 to 2000. Poet and teacher Timothy McLaughlin encouraged the students in grades 5 to eight to compose poems and brief prose pieces. He selected and organized these moving and vibrant works into a solid collection. Organized around themes such the Natural World, Misery, Native Thoughts, Silence, Spirit, Family, Youth and Dreams, and Language the poems speak of the everyday lives of Pine Ridge youth. Each section is introduced by the editor with some background information. He also explains in the introduction how he worked with these students. Artwork by Lakota artist S. D. Nelson is placed strategically throughout the collection. While some poems discuss the student's feelings about death and loss others are enthusiastic about life and their land. Teachers and students at the intermediate level will find this collection speaks honestly about Indigenous youth and their thoughts and feeling and will inspire others to explore the joys of writing. An index of the poems' titles and authors is included. As a reader one wishes the editor has spent a little time on more details about each student. A compelling and highly recommended book. Reading Level: 3.8

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