Talking Leaves

Talking Leaves

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"Thirteen-year-old Uwohali has not seen his father, Sequoyah, for many years. So when Sequoyah returns to the village, Uwohali is eager to reconnect. But Sequoyah’s new obsession with making strange markings causes friends and neighbors in their tribe to wonder whether he is crazy, or worse—practicing witchcraft. What they don’t know, and what Uwohali discovers, is that Sequoyah is a genius and his strange markings are actually an alphabet representing the sounds of the Cherokee language."--From publisher.
Publisher: New York< New York :, Puffin Books,, 2017, c2016
ISBN: 9780142422984
Characteristics: 235 pages ; 20 cm

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marthabelle
Sep 18, 2016

This is an interesting story about something that I knew absolutely nothing about -- the creation of the Cherokee alphabet. It's not the most action-packed of books, meaning I don't think it's for all kids, but for those who are a bit more patient, there's a really important message here about the importance of having one's own language and alphabet, and I am quite glad that I read this. (Also, it's just an interesting peek into life in a Cherokee tribe in the early 19th century, so historical fiction fans will likely find lots to appreciate here as well.)

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