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Hanna learns how to harvest and cook this unusual food from a friendly Native American woman.

“Good in soup!”Asian American perspectivePark’s research took her deep into the Dakota territory of four of the Little House books in the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

“I used to lie in bed at night and imagine I was Laura’s best friend.”As an adult, though, Park wanted to rethink her youthful imaginings.

Because people from Asia, especially China, were living in the West during the time of the Little House books, Park wanted readers to know about their experiences, too.

To create believable Native American characters, Park read widely, visited a native reservation and talked with tribal experts such as Sprague.

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