New Children’s Book Tells of a Young Girls Adventure on the Navajo Reservation

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Sunflower Girl and her grandmother(Masani) love to explore the Navajo reservation where they live. This new release from Dog Ear Publishing details what happens when a bull charges them and they must climb a tree to escape. The author shows life on the reservation, based on her experiences, in the 1950s and '60s.

“The Adventures of Sunflower Girl: Grandmother and the Bull” by Ginny Sparks

Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Adventures of Sunflower Girl: Grandmother and the Bull” by Ginny Sparks.

(The book) is based on the author’s experiences growing up on the Navajo Reservation in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Sunflower Girl, named after the sunflowers blooming in the desert on the day she was born, knows she will have a good time when visiting her grandmother, who lives nearby. In this new children’s book, Shi Masani (her grandmother) tells Sunflower Girl stories, and the two explore the plants and animals on the Navajo Reservation. One day they have an adventure. While walking to visit relatives, a bull charges them and they must climb a tree to escape. Luckily, Shi Masani has a special gift to help them - she can talk to animals.

The Adventures of Sunflower Girl: Grandmother and the Bull is based on an actual experience the author had, with her grandmother, while growing up on the reservation. In this book she lovingly describes the hogan where Shi Masani lives - a small round house made of juniper logs and covered in red dirt. Like other people on the reservation, Shi Masani doesn’t have running water or electricity. Children of all ages can relate to this story about sharing traditions and spending time with grandparents. The book’s charming illustrations bring the reservation to life.

Author and illustrator, Ginny Sparks, is a full-blood Navajo woman. She was born on the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona and didn’t speak English until she was 7. Sparks, a registered nurse, is working on her next book in the series, The Adventures of Sunflower Girl: Kittens in a Tree.

The Adventures of Sunflower Girl: Grandmother and the Bull
Ginny Sparks
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-0716-8         30 Pages                 $24.95US
Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other fine bookstores.

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