I purchased a copy of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass when it first came out. I wanted to support a book written by an Indigenous person who is also a scientist. I had hoped that it would be as good as the hype. It was, and is. There isn’t anything quite like it. When I was offered a chance to read Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults, I definitely wanted to check it out. I work with a lot of teens and hoped that this would be a great addition. The book is good, but I feel like it has been simplified too much for that demographic. Your average teen reading this book doesn’t need to have the word botany defined for them. Many of the social issues are much too simplified. Personally, I would rather give the original version a recommendation to teens over this YA edition.
Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
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