Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves by Peter Geiger Roop

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A fictional recreation of the life of Ahyoka, a young Cherokee who worked with her exiled father to help him create Cherokee syllabary, the only written language ever invented by a single person.
 

About Peter Geiger Roop

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Peter Roop is a Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year, and has been a writer of children's books for over 25 years. He has written extensively for Cricket and Cobblestone Magazines. He currently writes and speaks full-time. Last year he talked with over 50,000 students, presenting over 800 workshops for students, educators and writers in 26 states. Together with his wife, Peter has written 60 children's books ranging from historical fiction to nonfiction. Seven of their books are "Reading Rainbow" books, including Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, a Feature Book. Their books have received recognition from the National Association of Science Teachers, National Council of Teachers of English, the Children's Book Council, and the American Library Association. They have also received Wisconsin's Laura Ingalls Wilder Book Award. Connie Roop is a high school environmental science teacher, and a recipient of the Women Leaders in Education Award from the American Association of University Women and a Kohl Education Foundation Award for Exceptional Teaching. In 1997 and 1998 she led groups of students to Belize to study the rainforest. Together with her husband, Connie has written 60 children's books ranging from historical fiction to nonfiction. Seven of their books are "Reading Rainbow" books, including Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, a Feature Book. Their books have received recognition from the National Association of Science Teachers, National Council of Teachers of English, the Children's Book Council, and the American Library Association. They have also received Wisconsin's Laura Ingalls Wilder Book Award.
 
Published August 25, 1994 by HarperTeen. 48 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ahyoka--daughter of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet--is credited with ``enter[ing] into the genius of his labors.'' Adapting and filling out the historical record, the Roops depict their determination to find a way for Cherokees to read and write like whites, despite the antagonism of...

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