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Grade 1-4-A young Lakota Indian girl narrates the story of how she and her little brother, Young Wolf, survive a prairie fire. They had wandered away from their village, entranced by the changing cloud shapes created by the Cloud People. They fall into a river and are guided home by their deceased grandmother, one of the Star People, who are the spirits of the Old Ones. The acrylic illustrations are inspired by the Native American ledger-book art of the late 1800s, with figures in profile, vivid colors, and bold shapes. The art enhances the text by blending the supernatural world with that of the children's reality. When Sister Girl and Young Wolf are lost, they are depicted in a heavenly space whirling and swirling with star groups outlined to show animals like the eagle, wolf, elk, and horse. According to the author's note, the Lakota Indians refer to clouds and stars as "Cloud People" and "Star People." A solid addition to collections of Native American tales and an enjoyable read-aloud.
Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. While exploring the land around their village, two young Plains Indians--Sister Girl and her little brother, Young Wolf--stray too far. After narrowly escaping a roaring prairie fire, the siblings find themselves lost and frightened in the dark, open land until the Star People, "the spirits of the Old Ones who once walked on the earth," offer comfort and guidance home. In clear, captivating language, Nelson, the creator of Gift Horse (2000) and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, tells a stirring, original story based on Lakota legend. An extensive author's note introduces Ledger Book Art, the nineteenth-century Plains Indian style of art that influenced Nelson's acrylic paintings. The graphic, stylized scenes tend to blur individual faces, but the swirling images of the celestial dance beautifully reflect the story's celebration and awe of the natural world. A fine choice for story hours, this will also find wide curricular use. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810945843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810945845
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Darcy Nelson on September 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Star People is a touching children's book about a Native American brother and sister growing up on the Great Plains. This story contains many important lessons including familial love, appreciation for the beauty of the earth, and the importance of all living creatures. The illustrations are colorful, unique and vibrant. They capture the essence of the main characters, Sister Girl and Young wolf, and their wild surroundings.
This is truly a heart warming book that will leave both adult and children readers feeling the magic of the stars, plants, and animals that surround us all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Parent's Choice award-winning author S. D. Nelson (who is also a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the Dakotas), presents The Star People: A Lakota Story. Based on Lakota legend, The Star People tells of a brother and a sister who become lost, and must find their way home, with guidance from the heavens themselves. Nelson's warm, multicolored illustrations bring this fantastic picturebook work of Native American folklore to life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Gierszewski on September 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
S.D. Nelson shares the wonder of the prairie and the Native American peoples. The importance of family is the heart of this story. The grandmother guides her grandchildren home when they are lost. The children learn that they are part of their family, the earth and the sky. The art work is outstanding and I look forward to more books by S.D. Nelson. Gift Horse is another of his excellent books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Nelson on September 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is so wonderful. The Pictures are fabulous and colorful, the story line is interesting, and kids really like this book! This book is also known for winning the parent choice award! How could you lose with a book like this? I highly reccomend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Twofeathers on March 23, 2011
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Bought it for my son who is 10 and he loved it. Good book for Natives and those who just want to learn about or ways.
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By Kindle Customer on October 15, 2011
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This is a beautiful native american tale of what ahppens to us after we die and the loving spirits who watch over us. I would like to add though that my 4yr old child had a ton of questions about death and what happens to us when we die after reading this, she wanted to know if we really go to live in the stars. If you like you can agree or simply use this book as a cultural tool to teach your child about some native amererican beliefs. Very beautiful art as well!
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I am a special education teacher and my students LOVE when I read stories to them. They (and myself) absolutely adored this book. There were many life lessons to be learned within the storyline including the special bond between siblings as well as the love that parents and grandparents share for their children. I would highly recommend this wonderful book for children and adults of all ages......way to go Mr. Nelson!
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By Margie on November 19, 2014
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Loved this story. As we have some Native American Heritage in our family, I try to incorporate some of the lore and traditions. A lot of the stories I get are Lakota despite the fact that we are from a different group that is not nearly as well represented in available literature. One day, I hope to find those stories as well, but this is a very nice book none the less.
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