The Story of Yellow Leaf: Journal of a Sioux Girl (Hardcover)

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By Gavin Mortimer, Tony Morris (Illustrator)
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As we enjoy the  post-Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas holidays, it is
important for us to remember a piece of our society that is slowly
fading away. That is to say, memories of the tremendous influence the
Native Americans had in the founding of our country. The  Story of
Yellow Leaf follows a young Sioux girl as she grows up on the North
Dakota plains. She matures, plays outside, and learns to ride a horse,
the descriptions of which are very traditionally accurate (and have
interesting flip out bits). Things take a turn for the worse near the
end. She eventually encounters the Battle of Little Big horn, and sees
many of her people slain, the remainder sent to live in poverty on
government reservations. It is a sad and beautiful book, and a way of
life children  should all be aware of, so that they can understand and
move forward.

— ben


In a compelling story and a series of elaborate illustrations on two-page spreads, a young Sioux girl tells about life on the Dakota grasslands during the 1860s and '70s. Her name, Yellow Leaf, was given to her because she was born in autumn, when the trees were bright with yellow leaves. All of the large color illustrations are embellished with flaps for young readers to lift and see, for instance--

Family life inside a tipi (or wigwam) A Sioux boy learning to hunt with bow and arrow Yellow Leaf and her sister sledding down a snowy slope White prospectors panning for gold on land belonging to the Sioux

Young readers learn about everyday activities in the Sioux camp, and find out how the Sioux' lives were disrupted by white settlers between 1874 and 1876. The story ends on an elegiac note, following the Sioux victory over General Custer at Little Big Horn. The military disaster prompted the U.S. Government to force the Sioux out of their home territory and onto agencies--or reservations. But before their departure, Yellow Leaf and her brother leave their mark on their land by carving their family history on a large rock.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780764161094
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Publication Date: October 2008
Pages: 24