Wilma's Way Home: The Life Of Wilma Mankiller

ISBN-10: 1484747186
ISBN-13: 9781484747186
Author: Rappaport, Doreen
Illustrated by: Kukuk, Linda
Interest Level: 1-3
Publisher: Disney Book Group

Publication Date: February 2019

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 48

Series: Big Words Biographies


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Interest Level

Grades 1-3

Reading Level

Lexile: 840L
Accelerated Reader Level: 5.1
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Politics & Government

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism

Description
As a child in Oklahoma, Wilma Mankiller experienced the Cherokee practice of Gadugi, helping each other, even when times were hard for everyone. But in 1956, the federal government uprooted her family and moved them to California, wrenching them from their home, friends, and traditions. Separated from her community and everything she knew, Wilma felt utterly lost until she found refuge in the Indian Center in San Francisco. There, she worked to build and develop the local Native community and championed Native political activists. She took her two children to visit tribal communities in the state, and as she introduced them to the traditions of their heritage, she felt a longing for home. Returning to Oklahoma with her daughters, Wilma took part in Cherokee government. Despite many obstacles, from resistance to female leadership to a life-threatening accident, Wilma's courageous dedication to serving her people led to her election as the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. As leader and advocate, she reinvigorated her constituency by empowering them to identify and solve community problems. This beautiful addition to the Big Words series will inspire future leaders to persevere in empathy and thoughtful problem-solving, reaching beyond themselves to help those around them. Moving prose by award-winning author Doreen Rappaport is interwoven with Wilma's own words in this expertly researched biography, illustrated with warmth and vivacity by Linda Kukuk.
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