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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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Very well written excellent overview of the life of a young Indian child growing up in the mountains and valleys of the south eastPublished 4 days ago by Bob Norris
This was a wonderful look into the lives of Native Americans and mountain people and moonshiners in the 1920's told from the view point of a child. Read morePublished 12 days ago by elh
One of the most interesting books I've ever read. Very entertaining with sudden twists and turns, and a good bit of comedy.Published 1 month ago by Bestbett
This book is a charming, yet sometimes disturbing read. I smiled a lot and cried. The Native American ways have a lot to teach to anyone willing to listen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Catherine
Mr. Carter has a knack for weaving fundamental truths into beautiful physical descriptions of seasons and countryside and the people who live there.Published 2 months ago by Bob Thames
I think every American should read this book. It's narrated by a Native Indian (Cherokee) as a very young boy, growing up under the care of his grandparents. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beth Anderson aka Hotclue