Wordless children’s picture books provide value to readers by allowing space for the imagination to roam. Children are able to fill in the blanks of the story’s narrative and add their own spin to what the characters are thinking and feeling.
There is no wrong way to tell a wordless story. This understanding provides a safe environment for children who may not be comfortable with their reading level to engage with a story and share their own unique perspective. Story time becomes more inclusive when there are no words.
Explore our supplementary resources to Herizon that can be used to understand the story’s message on a more intimate level.
Diné Philosophy of Learning is based on the cultural principles of Nitsáhákees (thinking), Nahatá (planning), Iiná (implementation), and Sihasin (reflection). Learning in this way is cyclical allowing for continuous growth and understanding. The philosophy applies to growth over the course of a lifetime, but also in how you live your day-to-day life or how you understand certain topics.
Download the discussion guide below to further understand Herizon. Use it as a tool in thinking, planning, implementing, and reflecting on a classroom lesson or semester-long project. After going through the discussion guide, click on the Author Presentation link for more background about the book.
The classroom is a special place that expands learning and fosters the imagination. Herizon has no words, only pictures to guide you through the perspective of a young Diné girl. The book is unique in that it allows the storyteller/reader to become one. The application is categorized under a children's book, but because of having no words, it could be applied to a few settings, or all settings.
Download the Learning Activities Guide to supplement and grow understanding around the book. In addition to the activities guide, coloring sheets can be downloaded.
TELLING YOUR STORY
Publishers often don't know what a body of work for Indigenous writers should look like, which leads to a distorted view on how a book materializes. Most publishers care about what sells, not which voices help young readers to know their value. Many teachers want to teach the right things so students aren't misinformed or harmed. But there is a gap between teachers and the truthful, accurate information that needs to be taught. In self-publishing Herizon, SOSC is contributing to voice and community building through truth-telling and storytelling.
Click on the link below to learn more about SOSC's process in self-publishing Herizon and helpful tips to move your idea's forward.