Wilma's Way Home by Doreen Rappaport

Wilma's Way Home

As a child in Oklahoma, Wilma Mankiller experienced the Cherokee practice of Gadugi, helping each other, even when times were hard for everyone. But in 1956, the federal government uprooted her family and moved them to California, wrenching them from their home, friends, and traditions. Separated from her community and everything she knew, Wilma felt utterly lost until she found refuge in the Indian Center in San Francisco. There, she worked to b...

Details Wilma's Way Home

TitleWilma's Way Home
Release DateFeb 12th, 2019
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, History, Nonfiction

Reviews Wilma's Way Home

  • Stacey
    "Wilma Mankiller represents the best of what a leader can be." She empowered, believed in, advocated for, and helped people.Prior to reading this picture book I knew little about Wilma Mankiller, but now I am inspired to learn more, and to follow her leadership example.
  • Urbandale Library
    A very informative book yet still approachable for a young reader. I was so surprised to learn the major divides between tribal and white communities, male and female tribal roles. It was quite eye-opening for both me and my niece to reflect and share our emotions about the book. -UPL Library Staff
  • Meredith Spidel
    Wow! Hearing and learning the truth of our nation's history can be so very poignant--thankful for this book from Disney Books for making it real in a relatable way for our kiddos. Cheering them on for these star efforts in educating all of us!
  • Nick
    This short book about an amazing woman is one that should be included in school and library collections. Wilma Mankiller and her family faced very modern, very understandable problems in life, but they were combined with bad government policies and petty bigotry at all levels. She fought against those things, and for a better life for her family and not only the Cherokee, but all of the people in her home state of Oklahoma. From little things lik...
  • Jen
    "Wilma and Charlie believed that the Cherokee people of Bell knew best what they needed to do to better their lives. For a year they met with them and listened to them map out what they should do first."
  • Aliza Werner
    This biography of Wilma Mankiller, a Cherokee woman, became a courageous leader and advocate for her community and nation. Interspersed with her quotes and illustrated by Linda Kuluk, who is Choctaw, we learn of a resilient life led by a woman facing many obstacles.
  • Krissy Neddo
    I enjoyed learning about Wilma. We need more diverse books, but this one did not appeal to my students. While they were impressed with her tenacity, it was just a bit too long for a class read aloud. Best for parent/child read.
  • Kris Dersch
    I knew the story of the takeover of Alcatraz and Wilma Mankiller being the first woman to lead the Cherokee Nation. I didn't know the Cherokee people were relocated again in the mid 20th century. To see all her story put together in this way for kids, and so well illustrated...nicely done.
  • Ann Charles
    Inspiring. Moving.
  • Bonnie
    Definitely for elementary students who are more advanced readers or to be read aloud only a few pages at a time. Too much information at one time and you will lose their interest.
  • Kelly
    Loved the story. And it's an important story. But I knocked it down a star for the illustrations. I just did not like them.
  • Amanda
    A woman of strength and purpose and devotion and warmth.
  • Miss Sarah
    A picture book biography of the first Cherokee Nation female leader from her upbringing to death. Loved the inspiration of real life quates by Mankiller. Elementary and up
  • Amy
    I love discovering the lives and contributions of new people I'm not familiar with. While I didn't care personally for the illustrations in the book, I found Wilma's story beautiful and fascinating.
  • Pam
    Finally a comprehensive and simple biography of Wilma Mankiller. This one is fantastic. The story covers her life, her trials and tribulations and her triumphs.
  • Jacki
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  • Earl
    I'm a fan of Doreen Rappaport's Big Word Biographies but I was surprised that there was a new one in the series. While I appreciated learning about Wilma Mankiller, her struggles, and her accomplishments, I felt a slightly more comprehensive look into her life (even if only in the back matter) would have made me like this book more.
  • Kayla
    A very informative book yet still approachable for a young reader. I was so surprised to learn the major divides between tribal and white communities, male and female tribal roles. It was quite eye-opening to reflect on what I was doing in my life during the time period described and having no clue this was going on. She sounds like a wonderful, strong leader to admire.