Clack, Clack! Smack! A Cherokee Stickball Story

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Pub Date Aug 06 2024 | Archive Date Aug 05 2024

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Vann, a struggling stickball player, competes in a game on the Cherokee Nation. Can he help his team win? Written by award-winning Cherokee author Traci Sorell.

Vann loves playing his tribe’s stickball game, but he’s not as skilled as his teammates. Vann stumbles, and he tries and fails to score. How can he help his teammates win? 

Exciting and fast-paced, Clack, Clack! Smack! reminds readers that sportsmanship and being a team player is just as important as being the star. Back matter explains the origins of Cherokee stickball.
Vann, a struggling stickball player, competes in a game on the Cherokee Nation. Can he help his team win? Written by award-winning Cherokee author Traci Sorell.

Vann loves playing his tribe’s...

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This is a cute story about kids playing stickball, and we get to learn several words in Cherokee while they are playing. We also get to learn, in the end, how important stickball is to the Cherokee culture. Interestingly, stickball was used to settle differences instead of fighting, and there were rules about how it was played, such as by gender.
I haven't come across many books about Cherokee culture, and this was really interesting. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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This book has a great message about teamwork as well as a history lesson of the sport stickball. The illustrations are fun and colorful.

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I enjoyed this book. I think it’s important for kids to learn about other cultures. I like how it incorporated the language and then at the back there was a glossary to teach you those words. I also liked how it gave information and real pictures in the back about the game of stickball.

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Clack, clack ! Smack! A Cherokee stick ball story

By Traci Sorell,Joseph Erb

The story of Cherokee stickball is interesting it shows the cooperation that is needed to survive. This book shows not only the support and community but the roles of individuals. The use of the Cherokee language in the story expans the use and provisions of expanding the use of the language.
After the pandemic it took desperate measures to safe the language with immunization and health care.
It's interesting that new methods needed to be provided for retaining the language since the creation of the symbology of the language in the 17th century.

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Vann is trying to play stickball, but he isn’t very good at it. He tries his best, and in the end his team wins, because he realizes that he is part of the team, and doesn’t play by himself, but plays with others.

The game they play is one that is familiar to the Chereokee children, and it helps them use their native language by speaking in it, while playing.

This is a story in English with words in Cherokee (Tsalagi), that you can get by inference. Or you can check the glossary in the back of the book, where we see the list of words. The author, a member of the Cherokee nation, emphasize how important it is that the language survives, and sport is one good way to keep the children using their language.

This book is for those children. It is good for non-indigenous people to read, but they might struggle with bits of it.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review. This book is being published the 5th of August 2024.

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Clack, Clack! Smack! A Cherokee Stickball Story. This is a fun story for young children to learn more about a sport they may have not heard of before. Also, as a Cherokee person myself, I was happy to see Cherokee language used through out the story.

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I thought this was quite interesting. I learned quite a bit. The author’s notes are a definite must read at the end. The message is how important teamwork is. Nice, vibrant pictures. I received a free advance review copy, and I am leaving my review voluntarily. A nice book about a small aspect of the Cherokee culture.

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This book follows the story of Vann and his team as they play a game of stickball. Vann is worried because he is not as fast as the other players and missed and important shot in last week's game. Will Vann be able to help his team out to win the game? I loved how at the end of the book it includes a glossary of Cherokee words that were included in the story and an explanation of the game stickball. Everyone will learn something by reading this book. Highly recommend to kids who love to play sports.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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I like how Cherokee/Tsalagi words are in the sentences, the reader can use context clues to figure out what they made. The main characters perseveres when he struggles in the stickball game. There is a glossary at the end. He is finally successful. There are real pictures and information about the game at the end, as will as information about the language too.

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