17 Books to Kick-Start Fall
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The People Shall Continue
32 pages; Children's Book Press
Available at:Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
This remarkable book was first published in 1977, but it's still timely. It provides a compact overview of Native American history from creation story to the desolation and theft of land by white explorers and settlers, presented as an oral narrative and cadenced like a piece of music: "Maybe there was a small change in the wind. / Maybe there was a shift in the stars. / Maybe it was a dream that someone dreamed." It's as if the ancestors are singing to us, so that we can sing along and, despite everything, remember this: "Nothing is separate from us. / We are all one body of People."
— Jacqueline Woodson