Book Review: Greet The Dawn The Lakota Way – by S. D. Nelson

Book: Greet The Dawn The Lakota Way
Author/Illustrator: S. D. Nelson
Publisher: South Dakota State Historical Society Press
Date: June 1, 2012
Genre: Children’s picture book (for ages 4-9)
Pages: 48
Price: $18.95; hardcover
My Rating: absolutely gorgeous book for all ages!

I received this book from Library Thing in exchange for an honest review.

Hardcover with matching dust jacket, this gorgeous book is wider than it is high. Every page, and I mean EVERY page, is completely illustrated. And oh my! The full-colour illustrations are astounding – bright, beautiful depictions filled with meaning and expression of the spiritual experience of living a balanced life the Lakota way.

S. D. Nelson begins with an introduction that prepares the reader for the wonder about to be discovered on the following pages. Each page is part of the story in motion – fluid, rhythmic, almost alive with the tale being shared. The reader learns a little about the Lakotas and what it is to be in harmony with all of Nature.

Some of the story is told in the beautiful Lakota language with English translation. One can almost hear the rhythm of drums and chanting voices.

Today most Lakota people live in three of the states of the USA, and in one of the provinces of Canada. I found a site you may find of interest for further information.

S. D. Nelson of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children’s books. Greet The Dawn The Lakota Way is one to treasure, which I hope you will discover for yourself as it can now be purchased here or pre-ordered (at least on Amazon).

You can find Greet The Dawn The Lakota Way on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂


6 responses to “Book Review: Greet The Dawn The Lakota Way – by S. D. Nelson

  1. Just a suggestion for future reviews – if illustrations are a big part of the book, it might be useful to show one or two. It took a little clicking around until I found some examples on the book’s site, and that meant I had to leave your page to find the information I wanted!

    Beyond that – what a marvelous book. Children’s books are so much more diverse than when I was growing up. We loved our stories, but it’s a little ironic that living near the Lakota, I knew so little about them.


    • It’s funny you would suggest that! I thought right after I had posted this review that I should have tried to include one of the fabulous illustrations. Thanks for the reminder. I may still do that.
      Yes, aren’t books exciting now? So much to learn in such wonderful ways now.


  2. This sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


  3. Sounds like an interesting book! I want to read it! 🙂 I like the cover illustration!


    • oh Eric, I hope you do read it and also do a review of this book. I am going to be posting images from it soon. You will love Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way. 🙂


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