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  • My Heart is on the Ground the Diary of Nannie Little Rose a Sioux Girl
  • Ann Rinaldi
  • English
  • 02 July 2017
  • 9780590149228

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My Heart is on the Ground the Diary of Nannie Little Rose a Sioux Girl

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A rapidly changing world Loyal caring and creative she is able to see a spirit helper in a kitchen mouse and willing to defy regulations in mourning the death of her dearest friend Rinaldi depicts widely divergent cultures with clarity and compassion Captain Pratt founder of a school that forcibly strips children of their native cultu. This book is aimed towards young adult readers but is suitable for adult readers as well who are interested in Carlisle Indian School and Native American studies This is a story about a young Sioux girl named Nannie Little Rose who describes her life at Carlisle Indian school in 1880 through a series of diary entries Through her eyes we get a glimpse into what life was like for Indian children sent to Carlisle Unfortunately though this book has some historical accuracies it is NOT a true story Nannie Little Rose did not write this diary in fact she never existed The author Ann Rinaldi visited Carlisle and its graveyard and fascinated by the names on the headstones decided to write a story about Carlisle and its students using the names on the headstones to create the characters in a fictional account She did do research and used events that occurred at Carlisle to weave her story however the events did not take place in the time period covered in her book and any feelings or events specific to the characters are not real just their names I found this to be very disappointing especially after reading the entire book and THEN finding the disclaimer While the events described and some of the characters in this book may be based on actual historical events and real people Nannie Little Rose is a fictional character created by the author and her diary is a work of fiction on the VERY LAST page of the book I felt like I was purposely deceived as everything in the book is made to appear that it is a true accounting and diary complete with an epilogue detailing what happened to Nannie Little Rose after she left Carlisle down to the number of children she had and the year of her deathIn addition because this is a FICTIONAL accounting by someone who is not Indian one has to uestion the feelings presented by the characters she has invented As someone who has some knowledge of what Carlisle was like for its students and how it made them feel and how being there affected their entire lives my father in law was a Carlisle student and spoke about what life was like for him there I feel that only someone who is Indian or who has spoken to an Indian who experienced Carlisle could truly represent their thoughts and feelings about what it was like for them Rinaldi should have attempted to find someone who actually attended Carlisle to get their personal story to base her characters' thoughts and feelings on Otherwise it is just another white person's take on what it is like to be IndianIn this book Carlisle is presented very favorably Some of the injustices are described but in a somewhat whitewash fashion I did however find Rinaldi's description of an Indian child's first day at Carlisle to be pretty realistic and moving The 'great experiment' that Capt Pratt practiced on these people was in all reality an attempt at ethnic cleansing These Indian children were forced to attend the Indian schools They were stripped of their identities separated from their families and then separated by their sex clothes taken and burned forcibly bathed and de liced their hair cut for an Indian a very traumatic event names taken and given new AngloChristian names and beaten and punished if they ever spoke their language or did anything remotely 'Indian' again How is this not like the holocaust for the Jews save being placed in a gas chamberJust like Capt Pratt with his idea for Indian schools like Carlisle Ann Rinaldi seems to have had good intentions when writing her book Her writing and story is good and informative but unfortunately by deceiving the reader into thinking it is a true story written by a real person a Native American who really attended Carlisle everything she writes is then suspect and colored by a white person whose experience and understanding can never truly compare I would recommend reading this book to get a basic idea of Carlisle but to read further in order to obtain a true accounting

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Beginning in broken English Nannie tells of her incredibly difficult first year at the school including entries detailing her previous life as her ability to communicate in English grows From December 1879 to October 1880 readers follow a remarkably resilient girl uprooted from her home and culture trying to find a place for herself in. Warning This review contains spoilers My husband picked this book up randomly from the library My daughter and I read it separately and then together decided to give it 4 or 5 stars Then I went online Now I can't in good conscious give this book than 2 stars I am giving it 2 stars instead of just 1 only because I really did enjoy reading it and I have to admit I liked the story To summarize the plot Nannie Little Rose is a 12 year old Sioux girl who is sent to a boarding school for Native Americans in Pennsylvania The entire book is presented as the text of her private diary It's an interesting perspective that makes for compelling reading especially for the young target audience of 9 to 12 year olds We follow Nannie Little Rose's journey as she grows from being a scared new student who longs for her Native American ways to an educated and contributing member of the school community who still holds her Native American ways dear I especially liked one particular message comparing large acts of bravery that make people proud to small acts of kindness that make people beautiful page 141 in my edition So what's the controversy here Basicallythe way Native Americans feel about this book is the way I as a Chinese American feel about Tikki Tikki Tembo Here is an article that clearly delineates the problems with this book Fiction Posing As Truth A Critical Review of Ann Rinaldi's My Heart Is on the Ground The diary of Nannie Little Rose a Sioux Girl And for good measure here is an article I wrote about the problems with Tikki Tikki Tembo Rethinking Tikki Tikki Tembo In one respect I am almost forgiving of Tikki Tikki Tembo which was published in 1968 before there was widespread appreciation of cultural diversity in the United States Still I resent the way the book continues to be considered a classic and to be used as an example of Chinese culture My Heart is on the Ground however was published in 1999 well after the widely acclaimed book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee publicized the injustices and humiliations suffered by Native Americans To publish such a whitewashed account of Native American history at this point in American history and to do so with seemingly good intentions just goes to show how deeply ignorant and racist even if unintentionally racist people can be Of course keeping in mind this book's target audience I can understand toning down some of the information For example in describing these Native American boarding schools perhaps it is age appropriate to simply say that the United States government reuired Native American children to attend these schools that many children did not want to go at all and nor did their parents want them to go Maybe third graders don't need to know that school officials working for the federally funded boarding schools actually kidnapped children to populate their schools Maybe it's enough to tell them that students who clung to Native American ways perhaps by speaking their native language were punished Do they need to know that punishment consisted of severe beatings Maybe it's understandable these types of details would be appropriate in a young adult book or in middle or high school lessons on Native American history Still there is no excuse for the factual errors listed in the above article Nor should the history be so whitewashed that the reader leaves with the impression that Captain Pratt was a kind of father figure his actual motto Kill the Indian save the man or that the boarding school was wholly beneficial for all who attended To find out about the true impact and long lasting damage done by these boarding schools this article from The Seattle Times is as distressing as it is informativeAfter doing my research I had to have a small follow up discussion with Isabelle about how not everything in the book was accurate and that even though it was a good story it didn't really show the typical boarding school experience that actual Native Americans had One final thought If you still plan on reading this book or giving it to an elementary school aged child to read you should be aware that this book does include death and in particular one rather disturbing death in which a girl is possibly buried alive

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Re also provides vocational training and field trips and responds to his students as true individuals The body of the text is followed by an epilogue telling of Nannie's later life an extensive historical note and black and white photos The period the setting and Nannie herself all come to life An excellent addition to a popular series. My Heart is on the Ground tells the story of a young Sioux girl Nannie Little Rose who is uprooted from her home taken away from her family and placed into the Carlisle Indian school where she is stripped from her culture and her identity Nannie Little Rose tells about children of her age and culture who were being americanized and placed into schools where children were no longer allowed to speak their native language wear their native dress and were forced to change their names These children lost their identities When they were finally palced back into their homes it was if they didn't know how to be a part of their once functional family I enjoyed this book because it was told from the perspective of a young girl Nannie Little Rose It was sad to hear such a young person tell accounts of this history I would suggest children between 4th and 6th grade read this book I think that younger girls would enjoy this story than boys because it was told from a young girl's perspective This book would serve as a purposeful history lesson


About the Author: Ann Rinaldi

Ann Rinaldi b August 27 1934 in New York City is a young adult fiction author She is best known for her historical fiction including In My Father's House The Last Silk Dress An Acuaintance with Darkness A Break with Charity and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons She has written a total of forty novels eight of which were listed as notable by the ALA In 2000 Wolf by the Ears was lis