By The Circle
(The Circle: News from a Native American Perspective) Once again Lakota author/illustrator S. D. Nelson has created a wonderful book filled with brightly colored illustrations of Native people. His latest book, Quiet Hero, tells the story of Ira Hayes. A Pima Indian and WWII soldier, Hayes’ image was captured in one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century during the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. Quiet Hero follows Hayes’ life as a small boy on the reservation, to his days as a national hero after returning home from WWII, to his untimely death at the age of 32. Nelson’s books always have good storytelling, but it is the illustrations that make me collect and visually devour his books over and over. The artwork in this book differs from Nelson’s usual style, with a bit more realism to it. And unlike most of his children’s books that focus on Lakota myth and legend, this one is a biography. Still the images are gorgeous and created with warm and somewhat muted tones. His crackled-background-style that I love so much is still there. A beauty of a book worth buying and reading to your children and yourself over and over.