S.D. Nelson’s biography of Red Cloud (Abrams, $19.95) chronicles the life of the Lakota chief who worked to unite the Plains Indians in coordinated resistance against the U.S. Army and government’s expansion into the Great Plains. Nelson writes in Red Cloud’s voice to create a narrative that reads like a grand story passed down through the ages. A fascinating mélange of natural and postmodern elements, Nelson’s colorful illustrations add dimension to topics ranging from war to resettlement on reservations while also offering an effective visual contrast to the black-and-white archival photographs seeded throughout this fascinating account. Ages 8-12.