Custer's Last Battle: Red Hawk's Account of the Battle of the Little Bighornby Paul Goble
On the morning of June 25, 1876, a force of 700 men from the 7th US Calvary led by General George Armstrong Custer attacked an Indian encampment on the banks of the Little Big Horn River. Unbeknownst to Custer, he faced the combined might of the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes, led by their greatest chiefs, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. Advised by his Indian
On the morning of June 25, 1876, a force of 700 men from the 7th US Calvary led by General George Armstrong Custer attacked an Indian encampment on the banks of the Little Big Horn River. Unbeknownst to Custer, he faced the combined might of the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes, led by their greatest chiefs, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. Advised by his Indian scouts not to attack, the foolhardy general ignored their warnings and trusted to "Custer's luck" one last time. . .
In this commemorative edition of his first published book, Goble recounts the tale of Custer's last battle through the eyes of Red Hawk, a fictional young Lakota warrior. Presented in the shorter format that Goble originally intended, and combined with a new author's introduction and a foreword by Joe Medicine Crow, the Crow tribal historian whose grandfather was one of Custer's own scouts, readers will marvel at this tale of honor and bravery.
Gr 4–8—In this stunning new edition of Goble's Red Hawk's Account of Custer's Last Battle (Univ. of Nebraska, 1969), the author has modified the text to reflect the changing opinions of the battle and the benefit of new research. Punctuated by italicized explanations, Red Hawk's account of his encounter with General Custer and his white soldiers draws readers in and keeps a hold on them throughout the entire battle. Joe Medicine Crow's compelling foreword gives a strong Indian perspective and lends accuracy to the many versions of the events of that day. New digitized illustrations, done in the ledger-book style that Goble has beautifully mastered, add brilliant color and detail to the compelling and riveting tale. While a work of fiction, Red Hawk's narrative is based on the compilation of many witnesses to the battle and is told in an honest and direct voice. A refreshing update that retains its original passion and bravery.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
Meet the Author
Paul Goble is an award-winning author and illustrator of over 40 children's books. His book, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, won the prestigious Caldecott Medal. He lives with his wife in Rapid City, SD.
Dr. Joe Medicine Crow is the Crow Tribal Historian and the oldest living man of the Crow tribe. Also an author, his books include, A Handbook of Crow Indian Laws and Treaties, and From the Heart of Crow Country. In 2009, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. He lives on the Crow Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana.
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Colorful art, and historical information given from the Native Americans point of view. Paul Goble is one of the best children's authors on native american stories. He researched and found the story of the Native American survivors of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. How the assault was upon a large encampment of people attempting to avoid the white soldiers. And how the heat of battle can confuse the story. The information about the native point of view is hard to find in the history of the travels to the west. The fact that their story was over looked by history is not strange, but shows the ethnocentric ideals of the Westward movement. This is a great book for teaching history, and the perceptions of those who record history. The art work is based on native american drawings, and has many detailed cultural aspects that would have been overlooked by Non-Native artists.
I used to play cowboys and Indians with my brothers when I was a kid. I always pretended to be Indian because they wore brighter colors. Of course, since I was a girl, the Indians always lost. But it’s pleasing now, as an adult, to find a children’s book that relates the true story of a real and famous battle, from the viewpoint of a real Indian narrator. Who knew? They did indeed wear brighter colors, and they didn’t always lose. Paul Goble’s beautiful book offers enticing images, drawn in an intriguingly linear style and full of complex details. The text combines a fictional first-person account with historical interludes to create a simple and complete retelling of Custer’s Last Battle. Together, the art and writing form a book designed to be read to children age six and up. The pictures will hold their interest for years to come, at least until they’re old enough to read the story themselves, making this the sort of book that becomes a favorite treasure through the years. The book begins with a short message from 98-year-old Joe Medicine Crow, whose grandfather was a scout in the battle. The author gives his own introduction on the next page, describing the research and motivation behind his book, and proving it truly is well-founded and well-researched. After a brief reminder of the background to the events—useful for adult readers like myself who may not be too familiar with what really happened or why—the fictional Red Hawk begins his tale. “I am Oglala,” he says. “I was fifteen winters old when Long Hair attacked our camp… I was in that fight.” And so, straight away, young listeners are pulled into a world of tipis arrayed in circles, children playing, and horses grazing on the hills. Comments in italics provide background to a story told with a convincing voice and vivid detail. The language is simple. The thoughts are authentic. And the wise child will listen and learn while being entertained. A story that invites us to see our past and present through more than one eye, to recognize depth in our sharing of the land, and to value family and home, loyalty and love, this tale treats friend and enemy with equal respect, paying homage to all who made North America their own. A valuable addition to any child’s library, or adult collection of books to read with children, this book combines wise introspection with honest research and turns an already exciting tale into a lesson for all. Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher with a request for my honest review.