Book cover of When the Shadbush Blooms

When the Shadbush Blooms



Publisher & Publication Year

Lee & Low Books, 2020

Publisher's Book Page


Carla Messinger (Turtle Clan Lenape) and Susan Katz

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David Kanietakeron Fadden (Akwesasne Mohawk)



Today when a Lenape Indian girl ventures to the stream to fish for shad, she knows that another girl did the same generations before her. Through the cycle of the seasons, what is important has remained: being with family, knowing when berries are ripe for picking, listening to stories in a warm home. Told by Traditional Sister and Contemporary Sister, each from her own time, this is a book about tradition and about change. Then and now are not so very different when the shadbush blooms.

Notable Achievements


Kirkus Reviews: “This is a gentle introduction to the fact that Native Americans are an important part of our history—and of our present.”

Educator Guide

This guide, created by Lee & Low Books, includes background information about the Lenape people and their culture, key vocabulary, pre-reading questions, discussion questions, and interdisciplinary activities designed to integrate the book into other curriculum areas.

Link to Guide

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