The Flight of Red Bird: The Life of Zitkala-S̈a

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Puffin Books, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 186 pages
Taken from her family on the Yankton Sioux Reservation at the age of eight and sent to a school far from home, Gertrude is forced to become "civilized"--to give up her moccasins, her long hair, and her language, and to renounce her Sioux heritage. As an adult, she renames herself Zitkala-Sa, which means "Red Bird, " and devotes her life to fighting for justice for Native Americans. Her powerful and memorable story, told in her, will inspire anyone who has ever dreamed of making a difference. An "American Booksellers" Pick of the Lists. Photos.

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In this moving work, Rappaport (Tinker vs. Des Moines, 1993, etc.) adroitly recreates the life of a Native American woman born in 1876 on the Yankton Reservation in South Dakota who was forced to give ... Read full review


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Doreen Rappaport is well known for her groundbreaking approach to multicultural history and literature for young readers. Her many books include Victory or Death: Stories of the American Revolution; We Are The Many: A Picture Book of American Indians; and Martin's Big Words, winner of the Jane Addams Book Award. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and a rural village in upstate New York.

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