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Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes — 18 Comments

  1. Loved the idea behind this book—but feel that it might be two many books slammed into one. The text and images match, but there is no timeline for students to follow and research—-each of the persons in the book of heroes deserves their VERY OWN book and be recognized as heroes. A must have for the older elem. Classroom. 4 of 5 stars.

  2. I enjoyed this book. I thought the illustrations complemented the text, and I appreciated the biographies in the back of the book. When I first read it, I wasn’t sure about it, but after I read the authors note, I appreciated it more. Knowing that the author is a musician, and he wrote it as a song made the story more compelling to me. I’m not sure how I would use it in a public library setting, beyond including it in the collection and highlighting it in displays.

  3. Thematically, I really like this book. The refrain was an important message, so I am glad it was repeated. I think that the short phrases about the heroes could have been a bit longer so it included a little more about the person and how they acted heroically. I appreciate that so many different children could look in this book and see someone who looks like them. And because I am a great lover of back matter, I really appreciated that there was a short biography included about each person.
    I think this could be one text shared with students at the beginning of a biography project to help them frame some of the many ways that a person (and their life) becomes notable.

  4. What a beautiful book. I loved the verse, the rhythm, the heart. I agree the story was not deep, but that is not the idea of the book. It is about knowing there is more to history – more to explore. This will be an excellent addition to our collective biography section. It is a book that must be read aloud and shared. It would be an excellent introduction to a Native American Unit to the 5th graders also. It has a very powerful message for all.

  5. I liked the positive message of the book. I liked that it encourages the reader to believe in his/her self and to be a person that matters and to live your life with courage and integrity. I liked that it included more detailed biographies in the back and I think it could be a spring board for further study and character development. I agree that that kind of project might be more suited for higher grades. 4/5 stars

  6. I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were vivid and captivating.
    The refrain “You are people who matter. Yes it’s true. Now go show the world what people who matter can do.”- is inspiring.
    I would use this book during our fourth grade study of American Indians. I don’t have a connection to curriculum for second or third grade to use this as a read aloud. I think I would create a slide show with the author’s short biographies that I could read as I am reading the book. The rap lyrics seem to be contained within each person so I don’t think that would be to disruptive to the reading. I definitely will try this next year. 5/5 stars

  7. I enjoyed reading this book and I learned about some indigenous heroes that I didn’t know about. I also liked the illustrations. This book would be a good addition to a school library or a book that would be very useful in grades 4+, but I would not use it with my first graders. I am always so glad when there is an addition to the body of work by Native authors and illustrators! 3/5

  8. I thought this book shared a message of hope and empowerment. I liked that is shows both historical and modern individuals. I found the text to be a bit awkward and lacking in detail, but I loved the refrain! What a wonderful tribute to Indigenous heroes, leader and role models.
    Rate 4/5 stars

  9. Like mmeisinger, I have mixed emotions on this book. I love the repetition of the affirmation of “now go show the world what people who matter can do.” I enjoyed learning more about several new indigenous heroes and appreciated the author’s extra information in the back of the book. I, too, felt that this book would be more suited for the 4-5th-grade list. It was a bit confusing to have all the time jumping in the book. I noticed that about half of these heroes were Canadian and if you were focusing on American Indigenous Heros, it might not be as good of a fit. But what really threw me off was the illustrations, particularly the black shading on many of the faces. At first, I thought about how it would reinforce a negative stereotype I had heard of indigenous people. Then in a discussion with my husband, he pointed out how the entire book was dark — gloomy, cloudy and seemed to be happening at night/dusk or during a storm. He wondered if it was meant to portray the concept of coming out of the shadows and being proud of your indigenous heritage. He also immediately grabbed “Mommy’s Khimar” book as a contrast. There the illustrator used lots of bright colors that reinforced happiness, love, and acceptance. But the illustrator of this book used mostly dull, dark colors which might symbolize the hardship and struggles of the indigenous people. Because I teach 2nd grade, I don’t think I’d add this to my classroom library, but I do think it belongs in our school’s library as it has a positive message, great role models and inspirational heroes that many of our students could relate to.

  10. There is a lot to this book — the people represented, the story behind the text, the illustrations! I find this book to be a highly valuable addition to libraries, curriculum and programming. What I appreciated most about this book was that it highlighted North American Indigenous Peoples and their contributions throughout history. I appreciated that the people who were highlighted in this book spanned the timeline from distant past to present, were both familiar and not so widely known, and were being recognized for a wide range of contributions from significant tribe leader to skilled fighter to athlete to doctor. It was refreshing to learn more about the Indigenous Peoples and their contributions through verse too. I also found the author’s note especially interesting to learn more about the writing process and inspiration for the book, as well as the author’s vision.

    As a teacher sharing this book with my class, I would preface this book by introducing my class to the historical figures first in order to increase comprehension. I went back to reread the text after learning more about the people in order to pull more from the text. I’m not sure I would recommend this book for grades 2-3 though. I think there is a lot of historical background a person needs in order to understand why these people are important and why their contributions matter so much. I think I would recommend this book for use in at least the upper elementary grades, but maybe even middle school.

    I think this book should be recommended for inclusion in curriculum for both it’s message and representation of diverse cultures. Like Wab Kinew suggests in the author’s note, all people have something to offer to the global community as we learn how to treat the Earth and seek social justice. Each person matters.

    Overall rating: 5/5 stars

  11. One of my favorites! In his note the author says, “I hope that learning about some Indigenous heroes will help you better understand the original people of these lands, their descendants and even yourself.” With this book he certainly succeeded! The biographies at the end of the book make it an even more fantastic resource book for teachers. The artwork is incredible and focuses on the faces, emotions and feelings of the characters. This could be used as a read aloud or resource book in the classroom with many units of study and should be on the 4th and 5th grade book list as well.

  12. I really like this book, but have a few reservations about using it in my classroom. I listened to Wab Kinew’s rap song, Heroes, which is what I think this book is based on (I could be wrong, but couldn’t find a rap song entitled “Go Show the World). The song uses inappropriate words and images on the YouTube version. My 2nd graders probably would never know this if I don’t use the song in class, but it’s still something that might come up if it is a check-out book. The illustrations were beautiful and the information was very informative. I was confused why Tecumseh, Crazy Horse, and Net-No-Kwa were introduced at the end of the book even though they were some of the earliest heroes. I would have LOVED to see Charles “Chief” Bender and Kateri Tekakwitha mentioned! I could include this in my Biography book tub.

  13. Did you like this book? Why or why not?
    YES! I loved this book! This is an important book that shares information about little-known indigenous heroes. This book belongs in every library and school.
    I would make sure to have this book available in the library for any displays about heroes. It is also a great book for curriculum use when studying indigenous and native peoples.
    It’s also beautifully illustrated and would make for a great classroom read aloud or pleasure read.
    5/5 stars

  14. I loved the illustrations and biographies at the end of the book. The story has a great message, but a bit confusing to read. I do like the phrase that is repeat; Your a person who matters. Yes, it’s true. Now go show the world what a person who matters can do. This is a great message for young people. I give this book a 4/5.

  15. I think this is a powerful book and I will use it with our 4th grade Native American unit. It wasn’t super easy to understand as I read through the rhyme. Rereading helped to make the story more clear. The inclusion of all of the biography’s at the back is truly wonderful. I would give this book an 8 out of 10.

  16. This book is one of my most favorite discoveries right now! Just opening up the front cover to show the young man with his arms stretched out is stunning and I love the dedication of “because every kid needs a hero!” The heartfelt message applies to every student that they matter and they can “show the world what people who matter can do!” I will use it with my 4th grade research project on Native Americans and create a video with it. Students would love doing the rap and then sharing more about the different heroes. Some we already do and perhaps my gifted and talented students can explore the less known. I would like them to celebrate their accomplishments and share about the heroes in their lives. Rate 5/5 stars.

  17. Go Show the World had great illustrations. I think it bounced around too much with individuals that many third graders and maybe high school kids wouldn’t recognize. I think I would pick and choose some of the individuals in the story when teaching my Native American lessons of the US. I liked the biographies at the end of the book.
    Rating 2/5 stars

  18. I had mixed thoughts about this book. The illustrations were amazing, but the story was kind of confusing. I did then read the description, which said it was a rap song. It shows a lot of people through time that have done great things, but there just isn’t a whole lot of information about any of them.
    I would not use this book for kids at this level. I feel like it doesn’t give enough detail. I think there is also too many words that would need to be looked up… too hard for these grades.
    I rate this book 2/5 stars.