Saturday, November 19, 2022

Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults


Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults is a generous and rich collection of stories and indigenous wisdom written and curated by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer and adapted from her book Braiding Sweetgrass. Released 1st Nov 2022 by Lerner on their Zest imprint, it's 304 pages and is available in paperback, library binding, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

This book combines folkloric wisdom as it intersects science/botany and the deep longing most people feel to *belong* to something larger than the individual. Throughout the book there are stories handed down in an unbroken chain through oral tradition as well as practical knowledge. It's a hopeful, gentle book full of optimism. 

Graphically, it's quite appealing, with pages broken up into sidebars and text boxes, interspersed with line drawn illustrations by Nicole Neidhardt. The author has also included an abbreviated bibliography and links for further reading. 

Five stars. This would be a good choice for public or school library acquisition, home use, or possibly as a support/adjunct resource for related classroom study (world cultures, comparative religion, history, ecology/science, etc). The book is adapted for ~12-18 year olds, but there are valuable takeaways here for all ages.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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