Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults


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Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s beloved bestselling book has been adapted for young adults by Monique Gray Smith. Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish, and is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience. This new edition reinforces how wider ecological understanding stems from listening to the earth’s oldest teachers: the plants around us.

With informative sidebars, reflection questions, and art from illustrator Nicole Neidhardt (Navajo), Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults will help provide educators to bring Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the lessons of plant life to a new generation.

A book to grow up with and grow into.” Every high school English, Social Studies, Biology and History Department should have copies of this book available. Not to mention every Library, Youth Group and Family with teenaged children.

Drawing from her experiences as an Indigenous scientist, botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer demonstrates how all living things—from strawberries and witch hazel to water lilies and lichen—provide us with gifts and lessons every day in her best-selling book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. This new version will provide the essence of this book in a way that better engages young adults.

ISBN: 978-1-7284-5899-1

304 pages


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Reflections of a 13 year-old who read a copy provided by the Outdoor Learning Store: 

Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults is a unique story directed to younger people, but I believe it is great for all ages. Throughout the novel we learn about our planet and how to properly care for it and appreciate the plants and animals that we share it with.

One of my personal favorite short stories in this book was about basket-weaving. It is an exceedingly difficult skill to master and involves lots of patience. Basket-weaving shows us how to use all of nature’s gifts to their full potential such as using the strips of wood to make the basket and the excess cutoff to use as kindling and fire starter. Patience is needed as it is a lengthy process of layering and weaving the pieces together, but in the end, you are left with an outstandingly beautiful basket.

This story teaches us that nature’s gifts are full of beauty. 

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Weight 0.6 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 3 cm
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