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In Remembering Green: An Ojibwe Girl's Tale by Lisa Gammon Olson, Wenonah was racing through the forest, calling for her great-grandfather, and she finally found him sleeping under a majestic oak tree. Wenonah's grandfather was the eldest member of the Lac du Flambeau tribe in Northern Wisconsin. He was very wise and she wanted to talk to him very badly. She told him that her hair was cut, she was given a dress of scratchy fabric and had to wear shoes all day. Her name had been changed to Evelyn and she had to speak English. Wenonah wanted to run away from school. Her grandfather consoled her by saying she would always remain Wenonah, the Ojibwe girl of the Anishinaabe tribe and a girl of the Loon clan, even though the white people could not understand who they actually were. He asked her to look around and connect with the green she saw as they were intertwined with nature. He told her not to forget her Ojibwe ways. Wenonah knew that inside she would always be Ojibwe, however much anyone tried to change her on the outside.
Remembering Green: An Ojibwe Girl's Tale by Lisa Gammon Olson throws light on the plight of Native American children when they started school and how they were not allowed to practice their culture. The illustrations by Lauren Rutledge are charming and they make the Native American culture and beliefs palpable to young readers. The story captures the natural beauty of Northern Wisconsin and the message conveyed through this story is uplifting and inspiring. It is a good story for parents and tutors to help readers appreciate and preserve nature and understand how they share a symbiotic relationship with nature. The story also teaches them about the Native American culture in an entertaining way.