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In this picture book adapted from a speech purportedly delivered by Chief Seattle at treaty negotiations in the 1850s, "Seattle's words and Jeffers's images create a powerful message," said PW. Ages 5-up. (July)
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About the Author

Susan Jeffers is the illustrator of such distinguished picture books as Three Jovial Huntsmen, a Caldecott Honor book; Rachel Field's Hitty; and the ABBY Award-winning Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, which was also a New York Times besteller. She lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0740 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (July 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142301329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142301326
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.1 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Morris VINE VOICE on May 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a book that everyone should read with a message to which everyone should pay close attention. Chief Seattle's speech, whether facto or fiction, is famous as it sought to remind us of our place on this planet and our obligation to the natural world around us. This book tells us that we are far from being the dominant species we think we are and that even in our most powerful state we must serve the earth. The illustrations are incredible, too, and evoke beautiful ideas of connection between people and the earth.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
What do you teach your children?

There's a bit of an argument that has taken place concerning whether Chief Seattle in fact said something like or unlike the lovely verse in this book. I'd just like to remind people that this book is for young children and not historians.

And I, for one, have read this book to my children just as I have read them the 'legends' or 'debatable facts' about George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

So, if you are interested in presenting profound and beautiful words to your kids along with interesting pictures, both of which might very well incite conversation BUY THIS BOOK.

If you want guaranteed facts, read them the newspaper. (Well, okay... that's no guarantee either.)

Five Stars.
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29 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Readers of this very popular work should know that it is not what it pretends. Chief Seattle's "speech" as presented by Jeffers is forgery, the real chief Sealth never said anything of the kind. The speech presented here was forged in the 1970s by a Hollywood script writer, and was further altered by Jeffers herself. This book is an insulting white stereotype of real Indians, much like "Dances With Wolves." Even Jeffers' drawings are lies, based on photographs of Plains Indians who in no way resemble the real chief Sealth, who was a portly little fellow. Books like this one do a grave injustice to Native Americans.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
My son first read this book at school in preparation for Earth Day, and liked it so much that he asked for it for his birthday. That's a pretty rare request from him, so I know it must have really had an impact. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a nature lover in the family.
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By Neem on July 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book can make you cry. As Chief Seattle was about to sign over the land of his people to the Americans that more or less demanded it, he made the most beautiful and touching speech about the sanctity of the land. Susan Jeffers is an outstanding illustrator. Every page contains her art work and overlayed is the text of the speech. There is a two piece spread where you can find symbols hidden in the artwork. The children really loved these pages. But all of them are outstanding and show the greatest respect for the Native Americans and their love of the earth. This book will bring a tear to the eye of many readers, mine included.
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By KLN on June 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It is always a treasure to share a book with young readers that is beautifully illustrated. Susan Jeffers deserves the many accolades she received on this publication of "Brother Eagle Sister Sky." It's a book I'll keep on my shelves to share with the grandchildren for years and when they are grown, my hope is they remember sharing the book with Grandma and take the initiative to share it with their own children. In the meantime, I may re-read it as it's a pleasure to enjoy the talents of MS Jeffers..
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this meaningful view on nature for child or adult will be a perfect life lesson for grandfather and grandchild. The highlights are the amazing illustration that will delight all. I think my art museum will want to sell this book.
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A must-have book to share with kids of all ages. Really gets conservation conversation moving in the right direction without the guilt-trip. Not the first copy I've owned and it won't be the last. I just keep passing them out as the children in my life reach the stage of understanding.
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