UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher The Star People: A Lakota Story was written and illustrated by Lakota artist and storyteller S. D. Nelson. Nelson draws on traditional teachings about the stars as well as family traditions as he recounts a moving story about two Lakota children and their unique relationship with their grandmother. One day long ago, older sister and her younger brother were out exploring around their camp site. The two children delight in the environment and all the wonders of the clouds. Suddenly a fierce thunder storm ignites a forest fire and the children find themselves running for their lives. In their escape they are far away from their family's camp and become lost. Darkness approaches and the children find comfort in the amazing stars that appear in the night sky. Just like the cloud animals they imagined during the daylight, the children begin to see outlines of the Old Ones that have died. They see their beloved grandmother and she guides the pair safely back to their parents. Grandmother reminds the children that she will always be there to watch and guide them along with the other Star People. The illustrations convey the beautiful nature of the night sky and the luminous Star People. S. D. Nelson created these illustrations from the inspiration of Plains ledger art and young readers can delight in the cloud, animals and Star People images that appear throughout this picture book. The story and accompanying art convey an appreciation for the natural environment as well as the love between grandparents and their grandchildren. Highly recommended.