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About Frane Lessac
Frané Lessac is an artist, author and illustrator, having created around fifty children's books. She was born in the USA and lived on the Caribbean Island of Montserrat and the United Kingdom before moving to Australia. As a child, Frané toyed with the idea of becoming a veterinarian, and had many pets including a monkey, snakes and a camel. She attended film school in California before turning her efforts to painting and publishing. Frané was awarded the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature. She was the inaugural Regional Advisor Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for Australia West and joined the National Year of Reading initiative as a State Ambassador. Her contribution to Amnesty International’s “We Are All Born Free,” celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has been translated into more than 30 languages and an USBBY Outstanding International Book. Frané constantly visits schools, libraries and festivals in metropolitan, rural and remote communities sharing the process of writing and illustrating books empowering both children and adults.The many countries she visits continue to provide a major influence for Frané's artwork and books. For more info go to: https://www.franelessac.com
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The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.
"A gracious, warm, and loving celebration of community and gratitude"—Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
"The book underscores the importance of traditions and carrying on a Cherokee way of life"—Horn Book STARRED REVIEW
"This informative and authentic introduction to a thriving ancestral and ceremonial way of life is perfect for holiday and family sharing"—School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"An elegant representation"—Shelf Awareness STARRED REVIEW
Too often, Native American history is treated as a finished chapter instead of relevant and ongoing. This companion book to the award-winning We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga offers readers everything they never learned in school about Native American people's past, present, and future. Precise, lyrical writing presents topics including: forced assimilation (such as boarding schools), land allotment and Native tribal reorganization, termination (the US government not recognizing tribes as nations), Native urban relocation (from reservations), self-determination (tribal self-empowerment), Native civil rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), religious freedom, economic development (including casino development), Native language revival efforts, cultural persistence, and nationhood.