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The Education of Little Tree Paperback – August 31, 2001
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I'll accept what other reviewers of Cherokee descent have stated here that this is not an accurate depiction of their way of life. Here's the kicker though...I did not read this book to learn about the Cherokee, so the fact that it is not a true portrayal is not a concern to me. The family could just as easily have been German, Chinese, Russian, or Arab, it wouldn't have made any difference.
I'll also accept that Forrest (Asa) Carter was a racist, segregationist, KKK member. Mr. Carter is gone, and I don't know, nor will anyone else ever know, what his true motivation behind writing this story was.
What is more important is the overall message that this book portrays, and it is NOT one of racism. It is an endearing account of a little boy's relationship with his grandparents and their lives together in the mountains during the Depression. The wonderful thing is that it is told from the viewpoint of a 5 year old. He is too young to understand much about the adult world around him, and it is interesting to see his interpretations of the various things he experiences. He has a child's innocence, and is still able to view even the simplest things with wonder and can derive enjoyment from them. Five year olds today need an explosive video game to be so entertained.
The characters are well developed, a bit oversimplified, but intensly human. The writing is incredibly descriptive, and provides the reader with a vivid mental picture of what is happening.Read more ›
Even Dee Brown, author of Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee saw the importance of the story. "It's the book that counts, not the author...what does it matter who the author is? Most nonfiction books are part fiction."
Regardless of the authors motives this novel remains an enduring piece of beauty, on the highest echelon that books can reach.
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. . . . For young boys, old men, and good dogs. More than a coming of age story. It's a life well lived without regrets.
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I love this book and hope to read it to my grandchildren. My son loved it, and we both learned something spiritual AND practical from it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MermaidMorrigan
Beautiful story, told through a native american kid's eyes. He grows up with his grandparents in nature. Deep thoughts about society then and now.Published 1 month ago by Megan Tucker
This book is both lyrical and powerful. It melts the heart and arouses the spirit. In doing so, it profoundly and poetically challenges some of the key values of the current global... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diana Graham
It is a powerful gentle remembrance of a small Indian boy, and his education into the simple natural life of mountain people, their true understanding of what is important and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lund Johnson
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My favorite book of all time. This was at least the 5th copy that I have purchased throughout the years. It changed my life and I have passed it on to many, many people. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was in a box of books a friend gave to me. I loved it and read it in one day. I read a wide variety of books and don't know how I missed this one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mtmama