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A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero

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This story reveals the remarkable life of a Native American boy named Wassaja, or "Beckoning," who was kidnapped from his Yavapai tribe and sold as a slave. Adopted by an Italian photographer in 1871 and renamed Carlos Montezuma, the young boy traveled throughout the Old West, bearing witness to the prejudice against and poor treatment of Native Americans. Carlos eventually became a doctor and leader for his people, calling out for their rights. Gina Capaldi's exquisite paintings bring to life excerpts from Dr. ...
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This story reveals the remarkable life of a Native American boy named Wassaja, or "Beckoning," who was kidnapped from his Yavapai tribe and sold as a slave. Adopted by an Italian photographer in 1871 and renamed Carlos Montezuma, the young boy traveled throughout the Old West, bearing witness to the prejudice against and poor treatment of Native Americans. Carlos eventually became a doctor and leader for his people, calling out for their rights. Gina Capaldi's exquisite paintings bring to life excerpts from Dr. Carlos Montezuma's own letters describing his childhood experiences. The culminating portrait provides an inventive look back into history through the eyes of a Native American hero.
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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.

Using a combination of beautifully-drawn illustrations and actual photographs taken by Montezuma's adopted father, Carlo Gentile, author and illustrator Gina Capaldi combines the visuals with a detailed text that tells the story of Wassaja, later known as Carlos Montezuma. This sensitive rendering of the story of an Arizona Apache child who becomes a leading advocate for all Native Americans across the United States is inspired by an actual letter written by Montezuma to Professor H. W. Holmes of the Smithsonian Institution in 1905. Further research from magazine and newspaper articles and interviews provide the rest of the backdrop for this biography. The story of Wassaja is truly inspiring as the author takes us through the child's kidnapping by the Pima Indians when he was five years old to his fostering by the photographer Gentile and, later, his life in Chicago. Montezuma eventually becomes a medical doctor and spends the majority of his adulthood working for the rights of Native American. This is a beautifully-done book that is a must-read for those interested in the history of civil rights and Native Americans in this country. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.

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Gr 2-5- Capaldi uses Montezum's own words to tell this gripping story of a Yavapai boy who was captured by the Pima in 1871 and grew up to become a prominent doctor and Native American spokesperson. Solidly researched, the well-written text follows Wassaja (later renamed Carlos Montezuma) as he was sold into slavery and purchased by a kind Italian photographer. He demonstrated such a gift for learning that he graduated from the University of Illinois at 17. After becoming a doctor, Montezuma searched for his parents and siblings and learned the sad truth about their lives and deaths. A full-page author's note addresses "Dr. Montezuma-The Activist," including his "Let My People Go" speech to the U.S. Senate in 1916. The illustrations are stunning, with multiple perspectives and rich gold and brown tones. Superimposed over basket imagery, side panels feature photographs and supplemental information. The detailed bibliography lists books, Web sites, letters, and speeches. This title should be promoted for Native American, multicultural, and biography units.-Barbara Katz, Parish Episcopal School, Dallas, TX

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Meet the Author

Gina Capaldi studied fine arts and illustration at Pepperdine University, Pitzer College, and the Art Center College of Design and has written or illustrated nearly thirty childrens books. She lives with her family—and their menagerie of animals—in the foothills of the San Gabrielino mountains in San Dimas, California.
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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    A Boy Named Beckoning

    This is an outstanding biography for children written about the life story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma. As a Native American, he was kidnapped from his tribe and family at a young age. Despite the many hardships young "Wassaja" encountered, he grew up not only to be a successful doctor, but a leader for his people's rights.

    I would definitely encourage young readers, 2nd grade and up, to discover this book. It is a great American history tool with factual information and photographs. The illustrations also display the story beautifully. There are important life lessons that can be taught through this book as well. It teaches the reader that one should work hard through hardships and be grateful for what they have, and they will come out ahead. This story is very moving. It is both heart-breaking and heart-warming.

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