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"The time to empower our children with indigenous wisdom is now. Lisa Hart's Children of the Seventh Fire provides an opportunity for parents, teachers, and all adults charged with the education of our children, to support natural life in defense of our planet. With the moving Foreword of Eddie Benton-Banai, the reader becomes immediately aware of the need for the traditional teachings of the Seventh Fire to go forth, and go forth they do through Hart's story and artist, Joe Liles', imagery. Children of the Seventh Fire describes and explains insightful glimpses of Anishinabe prophesies and reminds readers of America's first seers and first environmentalists, American Indians. Without doubt, the assault on our environment is an assault on our children and the future of all children. Children of the Seventh Fire empowers the reader, indeed, regardless of age, with wisdom and positive opportunities to help restore the balance in our world and in our lives, finding ways to contribute to the health of the earth, and not participate in this present day technological insanity and greed that threatens all life as we know it. As one of the children in the story learns, 'We need to think with our minds ... and our hearts.'"
"The Seven Fires teachings have a lot to say about our respectful relationship to the earth, setting a high standard for ecological awareness for people of all races and age groups. Although these orally transmitted teachings are known to almost all Anishinabe and related peoples of North America, Children of the Seventh Fire is the first book ever published which offers an introduction to these timely but ancient teachings to non-native school children ages 8 through 12. Using modern characters such as 'Kinoo' a native elder, Kayla, a public school student who is eager to learn, and her friend TJ, who is not so eager at first but who becomes so over time, this storybook offers students and teachers alike a clear and helpful path towards understanding this vast body of native wisdom. Ms. Hart has spent many years discussing this project with elders, fine-tuning its content, and sparing no effort to get the story right in a way that does not ignore the mistakes of the past, but which has a positive effect on children. Presented in simple terms, it is based on The Mishomis Book by Edward Benton-Banai, which has been in print for over 35 years and which has inspired thousands. Children of the Seventh Fire fills an immediate need in the lives of our children, the need to understand how to live more in harmony with a rapidly changing earth."
"Children of the Seventh Fire is long overdue. It reflects ancient indigenous wisdom, needed today by everyone living in today's industrialized society. The story tells of struggle, rediscovery of native culture and a vision of a healed and balanced world where people and the earth are again connected. We need more stories like this one, encouraging children to rediscover their true sprit through nature and create positive change both environmentally and socially. The sound of the eagle is a good sign and a well placed beginning to the story. The illustrations are outstanding and compliment this powerful story."