Charlesbridge Unplugged #11: Traci Sorell

On the podcast today we have debut author Traci Sorell, whose book

Charlesbridge Unplugged – Charlesbridge Unplugged #11: Traci Sorell

About the Book:

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-le-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.

About the Authors:
Traci Sorell began writing for young people when she noticed a lack of children’s books featuring Native Americans to share with her son. This is her first picture book.

About the Illustrator:
Frané Lessac is the illustrator of more than forty books for children including Caribbean Canvas, Drummer Boy of John John, and A is for Australia. She lives in West Australia.

Purchase this book for you and your readers here.

Show Notes:

  • Visit author Traci Sorell online here
  • Visit illustrator Frané Lessac online here
  • Here is how to pronounce the Cherokee words that appear in the book. Click on each to hear the official pronunciation from Emilee Chavez, a Cherokee Nation citizen and language speaker:
  1. otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) “we are grateful”
  2. uligohvsdi (oo-lee-GO-huhs-dee) “fall/autumn”
  3. elisi (eh-LEE-see) “grandma”
  4. gola (GO-lah) “winter”
  5. tsalagi (JAH-lah-geeh) “Cherokee”
  6. gogeyi (go-GEH-yee) “spring”
  7. ani (AH-nee) “strawberries”
  8. gogi (go-GEEH) “summer”
  9. nulistanidolv (new-lees-tah-NEE-doe-luh) “history”
  10. unelanvhi (oo-NEH-la-nuh-hee) “the one who provides all
  • Click below to watch the official book trailer!

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