The Education of Little Tree Paperback – Aug 31 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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)
Most recent customer reviews
A story to stay with you for a long time. So much to learn from the Native culture. Our ignorance has gotten us into more trouble than we care to admit.Published 18 days ago by Tiiu
Pure, simple and truthful. Written with a naivety that is refreshing ly believable. Heartbreaking in it's simplicity, and should be read by everyone who is interested in our... Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2013 by nancy crichton
A simple heart warming story that caught me off guard. The simplicity and the complexity of the story line is wonderful. Read morePublished on May 5 2013 by Shoes
Forrest Carter was a racist KKK extremist who manipulated the little knowledge he had on Native American life and culture, and sold it as a factual life story. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2002 by Terri Jean
Complete Dreck. If you want to read good American Indian fiction, this is not it. Try Sherman Alexi.Published on Aug. 18 2002
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. Read morePublished on April 2 2002 by Kendra Nelson
The Education of Little Tree was an awful book! It was so boring that it was almost impossible for me to read it. I do not recommend this book to anyone.Published on Feb. 28 2002
If you're an adult reader, "The Education of Little Tree" may initially make you angry at the white man's world of cruelty and racism. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2002 by D. Huntley