Ancestor Approved | Quick Take Review

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids | Ed. Cynthia Leitich Smith

Published: February 9 2021

Format: e-audio (Library copy)

Tags: Middle Grade, Anthology, Contemporary, Native/Indigenous Authors

| Synopsis from the Publisher |

A collection of intersecting stories set at a powwow that bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

In a high school gym full of color and song, Native families from Nations within the borders of the U.S. and Canada dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. They are the heroes of their own stories.

Featured contributors: Joseph Bruchac, Art Coulson, Christine Day, Eric Gansworth, Dawn Quigley, Carole Lindstrom, Rebecca Roanhorse, David A. Robertson, Andrea L. Rogers, Kim Rogers, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Monique Gray Smith, Traci Sorell, Tim Tingle, Erika T. Wurth, and Brian Young.

Keywords to describe this book: Short Stories, Multiple PoV, Contemporary

~My Thoughts~

This book is a joy to read (and listen to!). I love the concept, which is interconnected stories centered around a powwow event. Each of the characters in the book goes to the powwow and there are even some interactions between characters, which was really neat! I loved particularly getting to read so many stories from so many authors! It was a unique experience, because many of these authors represent different tribes and their own culture gets to be represented in this book, which celebrates family and the spirit of togetherness and celebration.

I enjoyed every story and this book, I think, does a great job of linking them to make a cohesive whole. Despite having different authors, each of the stories really fits in with the rest. The writing is good story to story. It’s rare for me to enjoy every story in a short story collection, but I really did with this one. I think the stories are perfectly written for the age-group intended, and I think each of the stories feels relatable and important. I can really see kids reading these stories and connecting with them, which is another reason why I think this book is fantastic.

| My Rating |

Definitely Worth the Read

I love this collection of interconnected stories. Each of the writers has crafted a story that fits into the general story of people gathering at a powwow. I love how varied and diverse these stories are, each bringing something new to the story. It’s a really fun read and I enjoyed listening to the audiobook of it. I also appreciate that the collection features Native authors and a wide range of tribes are represented here. I’ll definitely be recommending this one to everyone.

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