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Traci SorellTraci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children. Her Sibert Honor and Orbis Pictus Honor award-winning nonfiction picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, illustrated by Frané Lessac, and published by Charlesbridge Publishing, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Shelf Awareness. A former federal Indian law attorney and policy advocate, she is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located.

About We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ

We Are Grateful: OtsaliheligaA look at modern Native American life through the eyes of 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.

Appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.

 


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