When Billy, a Lakota boy, practices his Native American Hoop Dance, he is not alone. The spirit of a young boy who has been lost for 125 years trying to reconnect with his mother and younger brothers appears to Billy. The Lakota spirit boy takes Billy and his brother back through time to their earlier ancestors, who teach them their ways and help Billy become an expert hoop dancer.
In return for the journey that taught the boys many lessons about their culture, Billy and his brother try to help the spirit reach his family. Will they succeed? This “spirited”
BILLY AND THE SPIRIT DANCER (ISBN: 978-1-61204-
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About the Author: Ruth Ann Ridgeway grew up in rural Missouri and currently works as a teacher on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She was inspired to write and illustrate Billy and the Spirit Dancer by the work of Richard Henry Pratt, who founded The Carlisle Indian School in 1879 to prove that Native Americans were capable people who could assimilate into society. Her previously published books are Mahpiya's Gift and Emily de Dragonheart:
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