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At the Mountain's Base

At the Mountain's Base

Illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre


At the Mountain's Base

About the Book

This lyrical picture book illustrates the everyday lives and traditions of a Cherokee family as they wait for their loved one, a pilot, to return home from war. A celebration of family and tradition as well as Native American service members, it’s an excellent addition to home and school libraries.

Product Details

On sale: September 17, 2019
Age: 4-8 years
Grade: Preschool - 3
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9780735230606
Reading level: Lexile: 480L | Fountas/Pinnell: N

Author Bio

Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books, as well as poems for children. Her debut nonfiction picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (Charlesbridge Publishing) is a Junior Library Guild selection. Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located.

Weshoyot Alvitre is a comic book artist and illustrator. She's most recently worked as art director for the video game When Rivers Were Trails and illustrator on the graphic novel Redrawing History with the Library Company of Philadelphia. Her books have received numerous awards and recognition, including the Eisner Award for Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream and Prism Award for Hummingbird Boys in Moonshot Volume 2. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband and two children.


by Traci Sorell and Weshoyot Alvitre 

2020 American Indian Youth Literature Award - Picture Book Honor
2020 American Library Association Notable Children's Book
2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project - Top Ten List
2020 Notable Books for a Global Society Award List
2020 Wisconsin State Reading Association Recommendation List
2021-2022 The Great Texas Mosquito List
2022 Notable Children's Recordings List

* "A first-purchase for any library." --School Library Journal (starred review) 

* "With a message that is universal while also centering Native women, this blend of fiction and nonfiction, the human and the divine, is simply brilliant." --Booklist (starred review) 

* "The meditative text is lovely, and the artwork brings the small Cherokee abode to life with warmth and love." -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)