Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman by Charice Davids with Nancy K. Mays, illustrated by Joshua Nageshig Pawis-Steckley

Published by HarperCollins

Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman: Davids, Sharice,  Mays, Nancy K., Pawis-Steckley, Joshua Mangeshig: 9780062979667:  Amazon.com: Books
Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman: Davids, Sharice,  Mays, Nancy K., Pawis-Steckley, Joshua Mangeshig: 9780062979667:  Amazon.com: Books

Summary:  In 2018, Sharice Davids became one of the first two Native American women in Congress.  From a young age, Sharice loved to talk and used her big voice to make friends when her single mother’s army career forced them to move several times.  She worked hard to get through college and law school and to pursue a passion for martial arts.  Her law degree led her to a South Dakota reservation, where she helped people start small businesses, and eventually to a career at the White House.  In Washington, she noticed that there weren’t a lot of people who looked like her, and decided to try to change that by running for Congress.  Her victory made her not only one of the first Native women in Congress, but also the first LGBTQ Native American there.  Includes an author’s note, an illustrator’s note, and additional information about Davids’ Ho-Chunk tribe.  40 pages; grades K-4.

Pros:  The chatty, informal tone of the writing makes Sharice seem like an old friend, and like pursuing your dreams is a real possibility.  I loved the art for this book, created by Ojibwe Woodland artist Pawis-Steckley. I want to mention that this is the third book I’ve reviewed in the last week that’s by a Native American author with Native main characters. Things sure have changed since I started this blog in 2015, and it’s about time.

Cons:  I wish there were more photos with the author’s note.  I think the one there is of Sharice with her mom, but it wasn’t labeled, so I’m not sure.

September 1, 2021 at 04:15PM Janet Dawson