Red Bird Sings: The Story Of Zitkala-sa, Native American Author, Musician, And Activist

byGina Capaldi, Q. L. PearceIllustratorGina Capaldi

August 6, 2019|
Red Bird Sings: The Story Of Zitkala-sa, Native American Author, Musician, And Activist by Gina Capaldi
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"I remember the day I lost my spirit." So begins the story of Gertrude Simmons, also known as Zitkala-Sa, which means Red Bird. Born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Zitkala-Sa willingly left her home at age eight to go to a boarding school in Indiana. But she soon found herself caught between two worlds-white and Native American.

At school she missed her mother and her traditional life, but Zitkala-Sa found joy in music classes. "My wounded spirit soared like a bird as I practiced the piano and violin," she wrote. Her talent grew, and when she graduated, she became a music teacher, composer, and performer.

Zitkala-Sa found she could also "sing" to help her people by writing stories and giving speeches. As an adult, she worked as an activist for Native American rights, seeking to build a bridge between cultures.

The coauthors tell Zitkala-Sa''s life by weaving together pieces from her own stories. The artist''s acrylic illustrations and collages of photos and primary source documents round out the vivid portrait of Zitkala-Sa, a frightened child whose spirit "would rise again, stronger and wiser for the wounds it had suffered."

As a freelance artist, Gina Capaldi has both written and illustrated books that range from nonfiction, educational, and picture books. Her favorite published works are her historical nonfiction, such as A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero. One of Gina''s earlier books on American Indians ...
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Title:Red Bird Sings: The Story Of Zitkala-sa, Native American Author, Musician, And Activist
Format:Picture Books
Product dimensions:32 pages, 9.5 X 9.75 X 0.2 in
Shipping dimensions:32 pages, 9.5 X 9.75 X 0.2 in
Published:August 6, 2019
Publisher:Lerner Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:9
ISBN - 13:9781541578364

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