A Boy Called Slow

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Anxious to be given a name as strong and brave as that of his father, a proud Lakota Sioux grows into manhood, acting with careful deliberation, determination, and bravery, which eventually earned him his proud new name: Sitting Bull. 'Being named Slow and growing up in the shadow of a great warrior hardly dwarfed the prospects of this protagonist-Bruchac-s sensitively told history of Sitting Bull's coming-of-age reassures young boys that success comes through effort, not birth.' —Booklist 'Satisfying for its ...

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Overview

Anxious to be given a name as strong and brave as that of his father, a proud Lakota Sioux grows into manhood, acting with careful deliberation, determination, and bravery, which eventually earned him his proud new name: Sitting Bull. 'Being named Slow and growing up in the shadow of a great warrior hardly dwarfed the prospects of this protagonist-Bruchac-s sensitively told history of Sitting Bull's coming-of-age reassures young boys that success comes through effort, not birth.' —Booklist 'Satisfying for its attention to historical and multicultural issues; stirring in its consummate storytelling.' —Publishers Weekly 'The pictures evoke a sense of timelessness and distance, possessing an almost mythic quality that befits this glimpse into history.' —Horn Book

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like most Lakota Sioux boys, Slow yearns for the special vision or manly deed that will inspire his permanent, adult name. Encouraged by splendid stories of his father's bravery, wisdom and leadership, Slow focuses his energy on becoming a warrior. Friends gradually begin to associate his name with careful deliberation. When the moment of his manhood arrives, Slow rides heroically against Crow warriors, earning the name Tatan'ka Iyota'ke (translated, on the final page, as Sitting Bull). Bruchac's (see Gluskabe and the Four Wishes, reviewed above) meaty yet cohesive narrative is richly complemented by Baviera's large, atmospheric paintings. Employing a somber palette marked by radiant bursts, the first-time children's illustrator evokes the solemnity and awe of ripening adulthood. Satisfying for its attention to historical and multicultural issues; stirring in its consummate storytelling. Ages 5-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
As a young Lakota Sioux boy, Slow was given his childhood name because he was deliberate and thoughtful in most of what he undertook. However, as he grew older, he wanted a new name. At the age of fourteen, he joined his father's war party and successfully counted coup on a Crow warrior and helped to rout the band. From then on, his courage and determination were recognized and he became known as Sitting Bull, a Native American Chief whose name and deeds are well known. The illustrations are somber; they depict many night and interior scenes, giving a glimpse of the culture and the period. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-This picture-book biography recounts the boyhood of a real Lakota Sioux named Slow, who grew up in the 1830s. Today's children of any background can empathize with his efforts to outgrow his childhood name and take his place as an adult among his people. The illustrations, oils that are rich and somber, convey details of traditional Lakota life, from the warm, close interiors of the family home to a pre-dawn assembly of warriors about to raid their Crow neighbors. The text creates an equally subtle portrayal of Plains Indian life. Many stereotypes of Native American culture are gently corrected, as when the author acknowledges that ``women are the heart of the nation.'' The traditional Lakota explanation for the advent of horses is given alongside mention of their historical introduction by European explorers. Dialogue in the Native language helps to convey the richness of the culture. By the time Slow earns his new name, young readers will feel they know a real person-the man who was to become Sitting Bull, one of the great Sioux warriors and a hero at the Battle of Little Bighorn. This book works beautifully as historical fiction; it is less successful as biography as none of the dialogue is documented. An inspiring story.-Carolyn Polese, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698116160
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 105,660
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    awsome book

    a boy called slow is a good book for any one 9-12 years old.

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