Red Bird Sings


More picture book loveliness, with this book based on the  writings of Zitkala-Sa (born Gertrude Simmons) on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota in 1876. Zitkala-Sa’s own writings were published in The Atlantic Monthly in the early 1900s. She was a musician, writer and activist for Native American rights. This is a sad, lovely book, with the depiction of a young girl’s grief at leaving her people on the reservation for a Quaker Institute, her success at college and as a musician and her return to her people to fight for citizenship rights for Native Americans. A great book for children 8+

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