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The Creator gave the Cherokee people a beautiful island with everything they could ever need. It came with only one rule: They must take care of the land and the animals living there. But what happens when the children decide to play with the turtles instead of tending to their responsibilities? The Land of the Great Turtles is a Cherokee origin story that introduces the reader to Cherokee beliefs and values. Written in both Cherokee and English, the book will familiarize readers with the Cherokee syllabary and language.
Author Brad Wagnon is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Brad taught Cherokee history, culture, and language at Tahlequah High School for 10 years and has worked for Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach since June 2015. Illustrator Alex Stephenson is a licensed professional counselor, author, and artist. He has written and illustrated books on friendship, acceptance, anxiety, and treating others compassionately, with the goal of helping children and parents discuss difficult topics in a comfortable way. Brad and Alex are coauthors of The First Fire (2020).