The Star People: A Lakota Story

by S.D. Nelson

Sister Girl and Young Wolf are away from their village when a storm hits. Lightning... read more

Sister Girl and Young Wolf are away from their village when a storm hits. Lightning starts a prairie fire, and in their frantic flight to safety, they lose their way. In S.D. Nelson’s dramatic and enchanting original tale, the children are guided back to their village by the spirit of their grandmother, Elk Tooth Woman, who is now one of the Star People. Nelson’s narrative is woven from the magical stories he heard in childhood about the Star People—the traditional Lakota term for the stars—as well as characters created from his own imagination. His informative author’s note blends Lakota history and autobiography, enriching the context and meaning of both the story and his stirring, beautiful artwork that is inspired by Lakota ledger art and incorporates many of its traditional elements. (Ages 6–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

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