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The Education of Little Tree Paperback – Aug 31 2001

4.2 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; 25th Anniversary edition edition (Aug. 31 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826328091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826328090
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I finished reading "The Education of Little Tree" yesterday and it is one of the best books I have ever read. Wanting to find out more about the author, well, unfortunately, I did. Now that I am done crying, I realize I have learned something. This book teaches us to understand and accept others and that their actions may not be what we percieve them to be when we don't understand what's behind them. Let's take the good and the beautiful into the future and leave the bad and ugly in the past. I'll take "Little Tree" with me forever.
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The Education of Little Tree was the best book that I have read in a long time. This book was a wonderful, interesting, and entertaining story that will make you laugh and cry. I felt like I was there with Little Tree experiencing the same things he was going through. This book teaches about the government, values of friends and family, and the education system. It shows the reader the different cultures between the white man and the Native Americans. While showing these cultures, the book also shows the racism that the white man had for the Native Americans.
My favorite chapter in the book was about Willow John. I believe this chapter shows a very important lesson about not judging a person until you get to know them. Willow John comes across being a hateful, bitter old man. Through his interaction with Little Tree, he shows that he is a caring, loving man. Although, he is cautious towards people he does not know.
Before I wrote this review, I wanted to see what some of the other reviews said. I was very surprised to learn about the author and his history. However, I feel that people do change their values over time. Please do not judge this book on the author's history. This is an exceptional book that I would recommend to everybody.
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When I read this book, I was touched. I laughed out loud at the description of slimy politicians. The chapter called "The Way" gave such a convincing portrayal of Cherokee religion, I used it for a comparative paper in my Zen class at university. The love shown between grandparents and grandson and the uncluttered life in the Blue Ridge mountains made me truly love this book.
Then my professor told me the book was a hoax. Forrest Carter didn't grow up with his grandparents in the mountains. Forrest Carter was a racist bigot. His given name was actually Asa Earl Carter and he did start a Klu Klux Klan branch and possibly wrote speeches for George Wallace. In doing a bit of research, these facts seem to be true--for the beginning of his life. Nothing can tell us what he was thinking now that he is dead, but it appears that he had a change of heart in his later years. His racist views seemed to disappear.
But whatever the truth, separate the author from the work. Take the book as fiction. Enjoy this entertaining and thoughtful work for the art that it is.
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Unlike the reader from LA, I fail to see why the University of Mexico Press should feel obligated to "alert" the reader of Forrest Carter's ugly past. I think that removing the "True Story" subtitle was all that had to be done. After finding out about Carter's hideous background, I read the book backwards and was relieved to find no hidden racist manifestos or prayers to Satan. When reading the book frontwards what I discovered was a potentially life-changing, hilarious, sad and ultimately uplifting tale that left me convinced of the universal beauty of the human spirit. As far as racial and cultural issues go, this book - if anything - made me even more understanding of different cultures and more sensitive to the background of Native Americans. In fact, I was so inspired after I turned over the last page, that I hastily filled up all of the blank pages at the end with my own reflections. I remember exclaiming to a friend who walked by that I had just finished one of the best books I had ever read. Of course I felt somewhat betrayed when I first learned the truth behind the book's author (this morning). I was also very disappointed - and still am - that such a wonderfully inspiring plot and cast of characters never actually graced the often-uninspiring "real world" in which we live. But then I looked back at the notes I had written upon completing the book. My first thought had been "As a society we need to understand and tolerate our differences." The irony here - that a former KKK leader had inspired these notes - did not escape me. Rather, I discovered that I was still learning from "Little Tree.Read more ›
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This book is being sold as an autobiography of the Forrest Carter. It isn't!The Cherokee is one of the First American People that I have studied. The Cherokee names for things does not match what I have learned.
However; this book IS a delightful peice of prose that will give you a look into the life of a poor mountain family in the Great Depression trying to make ends meet (including making illegal whiskey).
This story begins with the death of "Little Tree"'s mother when he was 5 years old, then going to live with his grandparents in the mountains.
The story of the way "Little Tree" and "granpa" tricked two "city slickers" that was wanting to talk to "granpa" about making illegal whiskey for them is worth the price of the book alone! then there are other wonderful stories here too.
I hope you enjoy the book; Two Bears.
Wah doh Ogedoda (We give thanks Great Spirit)
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