Published by Kokila
Summary: “At the mountain’s base grows a hickory tree. Beneath this sits a cabin. In that cabin lies a cozy kitchen, where a stove’s fire warms.” Around that stove, a family gathers and sings. They’re thinking of another woman in their family who is a pilot, away at war, but praying for peace. Includes an author’s note about American Indian and Alaska Native women who have served in wars. One pilot in particular is profiled, Ola Mildred Rexroat, who was the only Native woman among 1074 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) in World War II. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A brief, but beautiful poem celebrating Native women pilots and the families who support them. Traci Sorell’s first book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga was a Sibert honor book last year.
Cons: Although the poem is lovely, I didn’t really understand it until after I read the author’s note.