Vibrant, child-friendly text summarizes the history of Sausal Creek in Oakland, from the home it provided for the Ohlone people to present-day conservation efforts...A terrific example of self-publishing’s power to represent local microhistories and marginalized people.
I Am Sausal Creek/Soy el Arroyo Sausal is a promising debut, and is highly recommended.
I love this book. There are so many layers. Told from the perspective of a creek that flows through Oakland, it is also about the history of the land and it’s people, colonization, the environment, and ultimately through resilience, liberation.
Spanning three hundred years, the book nurtures appreciation of the environment, history, and place through one, flowing narrative.
The passages are poetic and beautiful.
Some of the spreads (in Whaleheart) present a complete nugget in prose or verse; others seem to dip into a thought and out again. All together they offer an inspiring collection with scope for young readers to take hold of the words and images and to engage their own imaginations and tell their own stories.
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