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Red Bird Sings
The Story of Zitkala-Ša, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist
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By Gina CapaldiQ. L. Pearce
Illustrated by Gina Capaldi
©2011
Carolrhoda Books

Series: Carolrhoda Picture Books

ISBN-10: 0-7613-5257-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-5257-0

Pages: 32
Trim Size: 9 3/4 x 9 3/4
Dewey: 978.004'975243
Reading Level: 4

Interest Level: 3-6
Ages: 8-12

ATOS Quiz #: 145229
ATOS AR Points: 1.00
ATOS: 6.10

Lexile Level: 940
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by Gina Capaldi, Q. L. Pearce

"I remember the day I lost my spirit." So begins the story of Gertrude Simmons, also known as Zitkala-Ša, which means Red Bird. Born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Zi...
Full-Color Illustrations, Original Artwork
About the Author
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 has been recommended for elementary school social studies curriculum in the Virginia School systems. Gina Capaldi attended Malibu's Pepperdine University; Art Center & College of Design in Pasadena, California; and Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
Q. L. Pearce is the author of more than 100 nonfiction books for children on the subjects of science, literature, history, and values. Her published fiction includes more than a dozen collections of scary stories and mysteries. Q is the Assistant Regional Advisor in the Orange County region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Southern California.
About the Illustrator
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 has been recommended for elementary school social studies curriculum in the Virginia School systems. Gina Capaldi attended Malibu's Pepperdine University; Art Center & College of Design in Pasadena, California; and Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
Amelia Bloomer Project
Carter G. Woodson Book Award
Eureka! Children’s Book Award
Moonbeam Children's Book Award
SSLI Book Award
Library Media Connection
"This title will fill the gap in most libraries of strong, non-stereotypical Native American role models." --Library Media Connection
School Library Journal
"While the text is modified for clarity for young audiences, it is still lyrical and compelling, drawing readers into the woman's life and work. The accompanying paintings are textured and sometimes layered with maps, pictures, and magazine pages that provide a rich complement to the story, conveying both emotion and depth. This unique format brings Zitkala-Ša's intriguing story to life, and engenders further exploration." --School Library Journal
The Horn Book Guide
"Sheet music, maps, and photographs are thoughtfully incorporated into the acrylic illustrations in this emotion-stirring biography." --The Horn Book Guide 
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Zitkala-Sa is...an interesting figure...and one who rarely turns up in collective or individual biographies; this account offers insight not just into her achievements but into the complexity of identity." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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