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Remember Little Bighorn: Indians, Soldiers, and Scouts Tell Their Stories Hardcover – June 13, 2006

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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1170L (What's this?)
  • Series: Remember
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (June 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792255216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792255215
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Grade 4-8–The story of this battle, commonly referred to as Custer's Last Stand, has slowly changed over the years. The image of a heroic general, with long hair streaming and pistols blazing, has been replaced by a picture of a commander who badly misjudged the Indians' strength and their determination to hold their sacred land. Drawing extensively from and making sound use of primary-source materials, this authoritative reconstruction of the battle recounts the course of events. Beginning with the white incursion into the Black Hills in the summer of 1874 and the discovery of gold, the narrative chronicles mounting tensions as the U.S. government increased demands that the land be surrendered. The text covers the course of the warfare beginning in March 1876, and continues to the Battle of the Rosebud, thus setting the stage for June 25, 1876. The Battle of Little Bighorn is laid out in detail, using maps to indicate troop movements and testimony of both Native Americans and army troops. The treatment is evenhanded, not faulting Custer as a madman (his decisions were not unreasonable, given his lack of experience), but also presenting a clear and sympathetic case for the Indians' defense of the Black Hills. Beautifully laid out with numerous period photographs of the people quoted in the text, as well as period drawings, paintings, and reproductions, this exemplary historical account creates a vivid picture of a time, place, and event. More detailed and immediate than R. Conrad Stein's The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Children's Press, 1997), this is a superb addition to most collections.–Ann Welton, Helen B. Stafford Elementary, Tacoma, WA
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Gr. 9-12. In dense detail that draws on a wide variety of primary documents, including eyewitness accounts from all sides, this handsome volume gives an almost blow-by-blow account of the famous battle that came to be known as Custer's Last Stand. Walker concentrates on the battle itself, fought on the Great Plains in 1876, and the book includes diagrams of each side's tactics. Many readers will need more background on the battle and on why it was so decisive, but Walker's exhaustive research does bring together the conflicting viewpoints of the whites and the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho fighters, documenting everything in source notes. The handsome book design, with thick paper, clear type, maps, stirring photos, and archival images, will attract readers to the battle story and then start them thinking about lasting historical issues. Other books in the series include Ronald J. Drez's Remember D-Day (2004) and Thomas B. Allen's Remember Pearl Harbor (2001). Hazel Rochman
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More About the Author

Paul Robert Walker has written more than thirty books on subjects ranging from the American West and the Italian Renaissance to folklore, baseball, and miracles. His newest adult publication is The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance, the story of four great artists who forged a new art in Quattrocento Florence (William Morrow 2002; pbk 2003). Kirkus Review called the book, "A convincing account of one of the defining moments in art and history," while Library Journal judged that "using an estimable cache of documentary materials...Walker makes a fine circumstantial case for an artistic feud." Alan Prince, former travel editor of the Miami Herald, wrote enthusiastically in BookPage, "His newest work is sure to bring such sheer pleasure to people interested in history, architecture and art that many of them will regard the book itself as a work of art."

Other recent adult titles include The Southwest, which explores 11,000 years of human history amid the rugged landscapes of the American Southwest, Trail of the Wild West, a reexamination of the American frontier, and "Rivers to the Pacific," a photo-illustrated essay for Exploring the Great Rivers of North America (National Geographic 2001, 1997, & 1999).

Walker's newest books for young adult readers are three volumes in the award-winning National Geographic "Remember" series, which documents key events in American history through eyewitness accounts and archival images. Walker's contributions to the series include Remember Little Rock (2009), Remember the Alamo (2007), and Remember Little Bighorn (2006). Remember Little Rock and Remember Little Bighorn both received coveted starred reviews in School Library Journal, while Remember the Alamo received the 2007 June Franklin Naylor Award from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas for the best book for children and young adults on Texas history. Walker's middle-grade and young adult books also have been honored by the American Library Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the Children's Book Council, the American Folklore Society, and Storytelling World.

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Walker studied acting at Boston University School of Fine Arts and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Anglo-American literature from Occidental College. He is a member of the Authors Guild, American Mensa, and the NAACP. A former teacher, journalist, and rock musician, Walker lives in Escondido, California.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bob Reece on October 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It is a common held belief that writing a children's book is easy. In actual fact, it is one of the most complex forms of writing. Tracey E. Dils in her book, You Can Write Children's Books states, "Because of the special nature of this audience...most writers find that writing for children is as challenging or more challenging than writing for other audiences." What could be more challenging than writing on the subject of the Battle of the Little Bighorn for children?

A young reader's book about the battle is long overdue, so it appears that National Geographic has filled that gap with Paul Walker's Remember Little Bighorn. It also includes a thought-provoking introduction by the battlefields' chief historian, John Doerner.

Books like these have an opportunity to capture a child's imagination, stoke the fires of passion, and lead to further reading. That's exactly what happened to me when I was 14. I checked out of my school library Frazier Hunt's I Fought With Custer. Although not a children's book, it was a book that got me hooked on this story. Hunt related the battle through survivor Charles Windolph, and told a dramatic story of the struggle between life and death. I still remember how I felt when Reno's soldiers were retreating across the Little Bighorn; I quickly realized that fighting Indians was nothing like in the movies.

I believe that Remember Little Bighorn will inspire young readers, like Hunt's book, to read further on this subject. Remember Little Bighorn is written for ages 10 and up. It's amazing how well Walker has taken such a huge and complex story as the Battle of the Little Bighorn and sculpted it into a short, precise narrative. Walker understands the most important points, and none of his chosen topics space is wasted.
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By Jennifer KLaren on April 24, 2013
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My son, who is eleven, is actually the one that bought this book. He loves it! He wanted to learn more about this battle and this book has met his expectations. He read it in only a few days and is reading it again. My husband has also really enjoyed this book. It is full of great pictures and loads of information..
We highly recommend this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Martin on November 22, 2008
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A differing view of the Battle of Little Bighorn using period works to contrast differing views. Excellent read.
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