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47,000 Beads

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Peyton loves to dance, and especially at pow wow, but her Auntie notices that she's been dancing less and less. When Peyton shares that she just can't be comfortable wearing a dress anymore, Auntie Eyota asks some friends for help to get Peyton what she needs. ...more
Paperback, 28 pages
Published 2017 by Flamingo Rampant
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Danika at The Lesbrary
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the story is much-needed. (I'm white, so I can't speak to the representation of two-spirit people, but the author is a two-spirit Lakota person.) The main character, Peyton, is struggling, because she feels like she doesn't fit the gender expectations of her. Her family, recognizing this struggle, all come together to prepare a gift to show Peyton that they accept her and teach her about what being two-spirit means. Highly recommended, ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I might just be crying a little bit.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
47,000 Beads (2017), written by Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha and illustrated by Holly McGillis, is a Flamingo Rampant publication about a child named Peyton who does not want to participate in her community pow wows because she isn’t comfortable wearing a dress. Her Auntie Eyota acknowledges Peyton’s feelings and works with family and community to help Peyton connect with her cultural traditions while creating an identity she is comfortable claiming.

I wanted to like this book more than I did.

A Native American kid loves to dance doesn't want to wear girls'/women's regalia anymore.

She doesn't necessarily want different pronouns -- which is totally valid, but which can make the story feel a little confusing ... with the grandmother talking about her as likely having a Two-Spirit path but still using "she" pronouns for her.
Melissa Mcavoy
Wow, this is really something. Peyton's Aunt can see that Peyton longs to dance at the pow wow. Some gentle questioning elicits Peyton's inability to be comfortable in a girl dancer's regalia. So Auntie reaches out to an extended network to both find a two-spirit teacher to help Peyton discover her path and to design a regalia specific to Peyton. ...more
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Incredible book! Loved it so much I just bought two copies from the publisher, FlamingoRampant.
Linda Chance
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lovely, simple story about a family embracing a child’s differences, and helping them express their spirit.
Monica Paige
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has a powerful message about those individuals who are two-spirited. A great addition to a social justice-minded classroom library
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