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Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing | James Rumford
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The story of Sequoyah is the tale of an ordinary man with an extraordinary ideato create a writing system for the Cherokee Indians and turn his people into a nation of readers and writers. The task he set for himself was daunting. Sequoyah knew no English and had no idea how to capture speech on paper. But slowly and painstakingly, ignoring the hoots and jibes of his neighbors and friends, he worked out a system that surprised the Cherokee Nationand the world of the 1820swith its beauty and simplicity. James Rumfords Sequoyah is a poem to celebrate literacy, a song of a peoples struggle to stand tall and proud.
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destaneefolden

“This Sequoyah must have been famous, we say. He must have fought bravely and led his people well . He must have been as tall and as strong as these trees.“

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destaneefolden

I loved learning about Sequoyah! I never knew this story, and if it was able to add more diversity into my life it could do the same for young children! I think that this would be a great library pick for any age group.

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destaneefolden
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This biography tells the story of a Native American man who created a writing system to help his people learn to read and write. He didn't know very much English, and many people doubted that he could do it. However, he was able to create the Cherokee language that is still used today! This would be a great diverse pick for young children!

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ds111717

“Sometimes disaster happens for a reason. Sometimes it says: Follow a different path.”

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ds111717

I would use this book in my classroom because it is a motivational text that shows how hard Sequoyah worked at learning how to teach his people how to read and write, and it shows that you shouldn't give up on important things in life.

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ds111717
Pickpick

Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing written by James Rumford. This book is about a Cherokee Indian who wanted to be the first to teach his people how to write and read. This book will educate and help children understand diversity in the fact that people, such as the Cherokee Indians, had to figure out how to read and write.

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Lf196117

Sequoyah was not a chief, but her loved his people like one.
He wanted them to stand as tall as any people on earth.

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Lf196117

This book would be really great for an elementary classroom. I would for sure read this to a class. It has a really great theme that one person can go far with just an idea.

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Lf196117
Pickpick

This book did a very wonderful job telling the story of Sequoyah. He was an extraordinary man that created a writing system for the Cherokee people and made written language for his people. This biography is in poem format. It has a theme of people struggling to stand tall and proud and showing that you can go far with one idea.

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k.gauze
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“This is how Sequoyah wrote his own name”

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k.gauze

This is a super cool book because it is written in two different languages. This is a historical book that brings another language to light.

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carlypabin
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using both written American english and his Cherokee written language !!

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carlypabin

A book telling the story of Sequoyah who created the written language for the Cherokee Indians. He knew no English or how to read or write but he wanted to make his people literate. An amazing story of a challenging task that turned the Cherokee Indians into a literate, more advanced society.

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carlypabin
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Pickpick

Sequoyah by James Rumford (biography, published 2004) tells the amazing story of a man creating the writing system for the Cherokee Indians. This book seems a little complicated and would be one I would do with older kids as a class book, but it is very interesting. I learned a lot reading it and think it would be something very interesting to children. The use of pictures and words written in his system help to make it even more interesting.

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k.gauze
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This biography about Sequoyah‘s language is very interesting. Creating a language is a huge task and this man single handedly created one. The illustrations are great are very colorful and fun to look at. This book also brings different cultures to light and is very fun to read.

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ev844718
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“He is crazy,” the people jeered. They feared his signs were evil.

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ev844718

This book is motivational for the children. It shows them that if you work hard, things can work out! He was successful in writing a language.

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Mehso-so

Sequoyah by James Rumford was published in 2004. A young man works to create a writing system for the Indians. However, he has to work hard to write on paper because he doesn‘t know English. He was able to do and worked hard to be successful!

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elisaschwass

I love how this book has the translation of the Cherokee writing

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elisaschwass
Pickpick

Sequoyah by James Rumford was written in 2004. This book is about how Sequoyah came up with a writing system for Indians to help his people learn to read and write. He did not know any english or exactly what to do. This book is great for kids to read to learn about history of Indians and the Cherokee language.

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maddyhensley

“The people, they say, learned the Cherokee letters quickly.”

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maddyhensley

Not many books about the culture of Cherokee Indians so I believe it would be nice to have in the classroom.

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maddyhensley
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Pickpick

Sequoyah by James Rutherford published in 2004 is about the cherokee man who gave his people writing. His goal was to create a writing system for the Cherokee Indians, in hopes to turn his people into a nation of reading and writing.

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elijahsmith

“He was a brave man because he never gave up”

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elijahsmith

I enjoyed the illustrations in this book

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elijahsmith
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This story tells the tale of Sequoyah, a famous man who invented writing for Cherokee. I enjoyed the plot of the story and learning about how he invented the language.

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kh972417

“Even when sickness half emptied their towns, they kept their writing.“

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kh972417
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I liked how the author included the Cherokee writing system with the text of the story. This gives children a way to connect the book with the history of the story. The children won't necessarily know what the symbols mean, but it is a way for them to compare English to another way of writing.

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kh972417
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I liked this book! It is about the story of Sequoyah, the man who invented a writing system for the Cherokee Indians. The writing system was made up of codes and symbols. This book would be great for when the topic of Indians comes up in social studies lessons.

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sarabellini

Sequoyah began drawing hundreds of symbols, one for each word. He scratched them on slats of wood and filled his cabin with shingles of writing.

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sarabellini

I enjoyed how this book was written in poem form as well as had the writing system in it as well. I liked being able to visually see how he created it.

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sarabellini
Pickpick

This book is a tale about a man who has an idea to create a writing system for the Cherokee Indians, so he can turn his people into readers and writers. Sequoyah knows no English but he still managed to create a writing system which shocked his people. This book is in poem form.

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abbychlosta

“The Cherokee Nation praised the writing Sequoyah invented. And in 1825, they gave Sequoyah a silver medal.”

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abbychlosta

It was so cool that Sequoyahs language was actually in the book under the English text. It would be a great way to teach children about Native American culture.

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abbychlosta
Pickpick

Sequoyah by James Rumford is a biography. It was published in 2004. This is about a Cherokee Indian who was a medal worker who was very passionate about his culture and family. He did not want his culture to get lost so he created his own language to preserve it. He later received a medal for his works and made his people proud as well as kept his peoples legacy going.

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Juliafass

“ This Sequoyah must have been famous, we say. He must have fought bravely and led his people well . He must have been as tall and as strong as these trees.“

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Juliafass

I love this book because I think having books in the classroom or in all children's lives that portrays Native People in a accurate and beautiful light is so important.