Makoons - Louise Erdrich
Based on her family’s history, acclaimed author/illustrator Louise Erdrich continues the story of the Ojibwe in 19th-century America and their move onto the Great Plains of the Dakota Territory. Makoons (HarperCollins, $16.99), the twin brother of past protagonist Chickadee, has recovered from his illness but has a vision that both joy and sorrow will come to his family. Beautifully paced, this intergenerational story of daily life on the plains follows the boys’ adventures, the hunt of the buffalo, and the family’s care of the natural land as the modern world encroaches. This delicately illustrated volume is the fifth in the Birchbark House series, but can also be read as a single volume; its map and glossary of Ojibwe terms provide helpful historical and cultural context. Ages 8-11.