“Both books are very, very close to our hearts. The Star People, by S.D. Nelson, is a Lakota story about a brother and sister; Sister Girl and Young Wolf, who get lost during a fire in the prairie. The night sky shows them the evening stars dancing, the Star People, who in Lakota tradition are seen as their precious ancestors. Their recently deceased grandmother comes to help them go back to their parents. That story brought tears to my eyes because my own grandmother passed away in Brazil, ad I was not there to giver her my last kiss. But with this story, I understood I could always look up to the sky and talk to my grandmother.
The Last Wild Witch, by Starhawk, is a lovely story about a wise woman who lives in the forest and gives soup to people who have lost contact with nature: “Have some soup, she would say, and that is all that she would say.” This line was our catchphrase. My daughter knew it by heart; that sentence is still our private joke.”