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Red Dove, Listen to the Wind

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Abandoned by her white father, thirteen-year-old Red Dove faces another lean winter with her Lakota family on the Great Plains. Willful and proud, she is presented with a stark choice: leave her people to live in the white world, or stay and watch them starve. Red Dove begins a journey to find her place in the world and discovers that her greatest power comes from within herself.
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by One ELM Press
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Miranda Reads
2.5 stars<br><blockquote> <img src="" width="400" height="400" alt="description" class="gr-hostedUserImg"><br><br><i>"What did you just do?"<br><br>Her brother's eyes were round with disbelief. Pride and wonder mingled in Red Dove's chest. What did I just do?</i></blockquote>Red Dove lives with her Lakota family and all of them are facing <b>yet another difficult winter.<br></b><br>Being thirteen years old, Red Dove is quickly learning that what once became simple has suddenly <b>gotten very complicated.</b><blockquote> <i>"Show respect, daughter..."<br><br>I do, thought Red Dove...I just wish other people would show some respect for me.</i></blockquote> For Red Dove is not like her brother ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this an interesting and touching read. <br />I think it would be lovely for children. <br />I did find the Native Names a little confusing. <br />I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all thoughts a opinions are my own.
Seema Rao
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotional~ Age-appropriate~ Truthful<br /><br />tl; dr: Young first peoples/ native American girl faces subjugation and dehumanization. <br /><br />This book is dedicated to the author's Sioux god daugther, and two notes mentions the Native American sensitivity readers involved in the book. I have become more and more sensitive to the ways our diversity conversations ignore the ways that Native people's are demeaned constantly. No other race is caricatured in sport's mascots, for example. I am, therefore, always careful ...more
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya
A very visual tale about a 13 year old girl named Red Dove who has to choose between leaving her family on a reservation to seek a better life for herself and live her wish to go to school or stay and watch them go through difficulties to make ends meet. <br /><br />She's of mixed heritage, and has such a curiosity for life and is sad to leave her family but eager to get going on her quest. <br /><br />There are many different characters in this book and the details and visual are plentiful. There's a quick yet relaxed ...more
Clare O'Beara
This is an evocative story of the 1800s in which we meet a young Lakota girl facing the destruction of her people's way of life. The white settlers, one of whom is her absent father, have killed off the buffalo and now try to force the native people onto reservations. Red Dove and her patient mother try to hold out, but after a time Red Dove has to go to a school run by nuns and learn to live a different life. <br />I admired the telling of this sad but inspiring account and I believe young people need ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, juvenile
Red Dove, Listen to the Wind is a lyrical but tough book to digest because of the topic it covers. A half-white/half Lakota girl and her brother are forced to attend school to be stripped of their way of life and assimilated into proper American children. Theyre separated upon reaching the school, Red Dove with the nuns and other young girls, and her brother with the priests. They are expected to only speak English, dress as Americans, pray to the Christian God, and their hair must be cut to the ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story of Red Dove is written simply and plainly and the story could be accessed by any age, with younger readers easily consuming the story if it were to be read aloud to them and older readers to read it for themselves.<br /><br />It is a brief touch upon Native American magic and tradition mixed with the White People trying to make them civilised. As always it reminds me of the scene in Pocahontas before she sings colours of the wind and says and still I cannot see, how the savage one is me whilst handing ...more
C. McKenzie
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a touching story of bravery and endurance in the face of injustice, and one that will be appreciated by young readers who have only read about the Battle at Wounded Knee in textbooks. Told from the perspective of a young Lakota girl, it makes the history of this period very real and accessible, and it sheds light on the discrimination by the white settlers toward the native people of North America. Red Dove will be a great addition to a school library.
Thirteen year-old Red Dove is struggling between the traditions of her Lakota ancestors and the ever changing world between the white-man and the original natives. She and her brother, Walks Alone, are sent to a Catholic school nearby where they are forced to give up their dress, language and names. On the heels of the great battle of Wounded Knee, Red Dove is desperate for answers and guidance which she receives from a magical pouch which enables her to "speak" to her Grandfather. I love Red Dove. ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
BOOK REVIEW<br /><br /><br />DESCRIPTION: Abandoned by her white father, thirteen-year-old Red Dove faces another lean winter with her Lakota family on the Great Plains. Willful and proud, she is presented with a stark choice: leave her people to live in the white world, or stay and watch them starve. Red Dove begins a journey to find her place in the world and discovers that her greatest power comes from within herself.<br /><br />RATING: <br /><br />As a parent of a mixed race white/Native American girl, Im seeking out stories that will ...more
Kristina Shankles
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great historical fiction that will resonate with young readers. The courage of Red Dove is inspiring!
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
This book was confusing to me. What I thought would be historical fiction turned out to have elements of fantasy, which when introduced to the story took me out of the experience (i.e. the pouch Red Dove's grandfather gives to her that allows her to know what other people are thinking, feeling, and translates languages for her). It is true I do not know if powers like these were common or not in that culture, but it seems very far-fetched that all Red Dove has to do is touch a pouch, and then she ...more
Gabi Coatsworth
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I liked about this book was the way that, although Red Dove is living more than a hundred years ago, the problems she faces are those of contemporary girls, too. Learning to listen to other people, in order to understand them and the world you live in, and learning to interpret what you hear. In that sense, Red Dove has a modern sensibility, yet the historical background, including the massacre at Wounded Knee, is seamlessly integrated into the story to bring that world to life. The other characters, ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley, Sonia Antaki, and One Elm Books (an imprint of Red Chair Press) for the opportunity to read Red Dove, Listen to the Wind in exchange for an honest review.<br /><br />My initial interest in this book comes from my own heritage. I am 1/8 Paiute-Shoshone (yeah, yeah, 1/8 isn't much), but it is that 1/8, and growing up in a heavily populated Paiute area, that developed my interest in Native American culture, history, and mythology. I could tell from the description that this would definitely ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This review originally published in <a href="" rel="nofollow">Looking For a Good Book</a>. Rated 3.0 of 5<br /><br />I have a long backlog of ARC books that I'm determined to read and review and because of that I have gotten much more selective about the books I request. This is a long way of saying that I really hoped to like this book. I've had some great reading with other indigenous people children's books and so held this one to a high standard as well. Unfortunately this book just doesn't have quite the energy it needs to hold a young ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, cbr11
Thirteen year old Red Dove lives in interesting times for the Lakota people. Shortly after the Battle of the Greasy Grass (Battle of Little Big Horn), her people have fallen on hard times. Food has become scarce, and the Lakota have learned that they cannot trust the people who have settled on their lands to live peacefully.<br /><br />In a moment of weakness, Red Dove's mother agrees to send her children to a local Catholic school, hoping that the children will at least find regular meals there. Red Dove's ...more
Anita Ojeda
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thirteen-year-old Red Dove lives with her mother and brother and Lakota tribe in the Dakota Territory. Abandoned by her white father, Red Dove struggles to help her family survive. Walks Alone, her older brother, constantly reminds her of her place in the family and the tribe. Red Dove must not hunt, must not eat plums, and must not break a hundred other rules that govern the way of the people. <br /><br />Falling Bird, Red Doves mother, tries to help her understand that the rules help everyone live in balance. ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
A tough, insightful, coming-of-age story, 'Red Dove, Listen to the Wind' undoubtedly earns its place on the shelves of classrooms and libraries alike.<br /> A thirteen year old girl living with her Lakota family (though her absent father was a white man) finds she must make a difficult decision - stay with her starving Lakota family or live in the white world where (despite her parentage) she clearly does not belong. Sent to an American school, specifically for first generation citizens, everything changes. ...more
Red Dove, Listen to the Wind by Sonia Antaki is a needed middle grade novel about the ways Native Americans are treated. It shows the 13 year old's perspective of how things unfold, and her confusion as she strives to obey her ancestors and family, but is pulled away from her heritage.<br /><br />The novel follows Red Dove's story as she is sent to a Catholic school for girls. She's separated from her brother and she's left to figure out the new world by herself. She has help along the way, but the main idea ...more
Becky Zales
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
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Michelle Kidwell
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Red Dove, Listen to the Wind<br />by Sonia Antaki<br /><br />One Elm Books, an imprint of Red Chair Press<br /><br />One Elm Books<br /><br />Children's Fiction , Middle Grade<br /><br />Pub Date 15 Oct 2019<br /><br /><br />I am reviewing a copy of Red Dove, Listen to the Wind through One Elm Books and Netgalley:<br /><br /><br /><br />Red Dove is s thirteen year old Lakota Child Who was abandoned by her white Father. She faces another lean winter with her Lakota Family on the Great Plains! Red Dove is willful and proud.<br /><br /><br />Red Dove finds herself faced with an impossible choice either leave her ...more
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
A very moving middle-grade book. You will not want to put down once you are near 50% done. <br /><br />Red Dove is geared to middle-grade readers but I find it may be difficult for them to read and understand on their own. It speaks of the horrible way our ancestors treated the Indians as we populated the country by moving West. Some kids may find the ruthless killing discussed a trigger for harsh emotions. <br /><br />I would love to see this incorporated in a 5th-grade classroom using many of the subjects. History (Sitting ...more
Amy Hodges
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Red Dove, Listen to the Wind follows a courageous and feisty young Lakota girl on a journey to find where she belongs. As the daughter of a white man and Lakota mother, she often feels as though she doesn't belong with her Native American family. When Red Dove and her brother, Walks Alone, are sent to school, her journey to finding her place and helping her people begins. <br /><br />This was a quick read. It was well plotted with developed characters. The author had me invested in Red Dove's journey and kept ...more
Maggie Hardy
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Red Dove is the girl we all wanted to be, when we were growing up. Although Red Doves story, Listen to the Wind, takes place 130 years ago and is set against the battle of Wounded Knee, the thirteen year old Latoka girl is a modern day heroine and role model. She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Stubborn and proud, Red Dove is continually caught between two worlds: the white world and the native, the world of magic and realism, the just and unjust, and the past and the future. ...more
Seren Konigkramer
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.<br />I found this book quite difficult to get into. It felt like it was trying to deal with different plots and didn't quite know its direction. There was a glossary at the end of the book, but as I was reading in e-book format, I didn't notice it until I had finished the book. I think that it might be a bit of a difficult one for younger readers, which is who the book is aimed at. ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thank you to the publisher for a review copy of RED DOVE. <br /><br />I have been actively trying to find indigenous stories for our state's middle school book award list and unfortunately RED DOVE isn't it. I had really high hopes for a story with such important content -- a Lakota teenager trying to stay connected to her family after being brought to a "reform" school -- but the story ended up convoluted and a bit forced, the characters lacked emotional connection, and despite Red Dove being Lakota, the large ...more
Marta Ilieva
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Red Dove, Listen to the Wind is a story about a mixed Native American girl, named Red Dove, who is forced to face the reality of life early in her life. This is a story aimed for younger students, middle school perhaps, as it touches upon several important tropes: belonging, self-discovery, societal conformity vs non-conformity, family heritage, and independence. It is a beautiful story, and the few pictures present add to the realness of the characters. I also appreciate the diversity of the characters ...more
Dekotah Thompson
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75<br />This book was a little slow for me and a little hard to get into. But I'm so glad I did and got to read about such a strong little girl who is very much a hero in her own right. I can see this becoming a classroom read and it's story is something that can be discussed for hours on end. The novel has such a good balence of culture and history, in that events like this did occur and it is important for people to read stories from different points of view. It's a novel that can make young readers ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Red Dove is 13 years old, she sees that times are changing and she must go to the white man's world to learn their ways, while staying true to her upbringing.<br /><br />A coming of age tale about a girl who walks the lines between two worlds, that of her mother or that of her white father. She goes to an Indian school to learn the ways of the white people, struggling to stay true to herself. <br /><br />I liked the perspective of this book and how it showed how a child going through this experience might have felt and ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Since I read the synopsis I hoped to love this book, and for the most part, I was actually right! We follow the steps of a girl whos struggling with what society expects of her and who she is, dealing with racism, with opinionated people and questioning if theyre right. It was a little slow paced reading, but touching and so raw. <br /><br />I think the only weakness of the boom is the pace. I would still recommend it. ...more
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Red Dove, Listen to the Wind grew out of my own experience of living between worlds and the need to bring them together. Of Swiss, British and Syro-Lebanese ancestry, I was born in Egypt and came to the U.S. as a child. Ive spent my life as a performer, a financial analyst, a Tony-nominated Broadway producer and an advocate for arts and Native traditions. ...more