From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up–In this fascinating autobiography, the chief shares the events in his life, from his birth in 1914, to his training to be a Crow warrior when he was six or seven, to his World War II experiences. He tells his story with an elder's humor. Reminiscing about his first hospital visit to have his adenoids removed, he shares his fear of whites, of Sioux, and of ghosts. Experiences from Baptist, public, and boarding schools show the prejudices that he encountered. Four pages of color and black-and-white photos show his family and the Crow reservation in Montana. Using large print and short chapters, this informative yet entertaining read just might inspire children to interview their elders and write their stories.–Marlette Grant-Jackson, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
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Gr. 5-8. Joseph Medicine Crow was born in 1913 on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana. Trained as a warrior by his grandfather and unaware of the struggles of the tribe, Medicine Crow fondly remembers a childhood filled with outdoor games, mud fights, and family gatherings. Despite a terrible experience at the Baptist mission school, he went away to boarding school in Oklahoma, and in 1938, he became the first male Crow Indian to graduate from college. He studied anthropology until he was inducted into the army in 1942. For Medicine Crow's bravery in World War II, he was declared a Crow war chief. Four pages of color photos show Medicine Crow in traditional regalia, several family members, and a drawing of Sioux and U.S. soldiers at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Medicine Crow's straightforward style and gentle humor make his recollections easy to read and hard to forget, and they provide a cultural context and understanding that is rare in books about American Indians for middle readers. Karen HuttCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved