The Education of Little Tree

The Education of Little Tree

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by Forrest Carter
     
 

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The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression.

"Little Tree" as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what

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The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression.

"Little Tree" as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course.

Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of white businessmen and tax collectors, and how Granpa, in hilarious vignettes, scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy. Granma teaches Little Tree the joys of reading and education. But when Little Tree is taken away by whites for schooling, we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them and of Little Tree's perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way.

A classic of its era, and an enduring book for all ages, The Education of Little Tree has now been redesigned for this twenty-fifth anniversary edition.

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Booknews
Topics include the impact of new technologies on instruction, the relationship of the library and information school to other teaching departments on a campus, education for informational professionals at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and the future of research in the information sector. Reprint (in cloth) of the 1985 (U. of New Mexico Pr.) paperback memoir of a Cherokee boyhood in the 1930s, by the man who later went on to write the Josey Wales novels. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Library Journal
Proclaimed the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year in 1991, this sweet account of a boy being raised by Cherokee grandparents was exposed as false later that year. The author’s real name was Asa Earl Carter; he had no Native American ancestors, and many of the cultural references were inaccurate. Though most libraries have moved the book to fiction, it is still popular with readers seeking inspirational titles. (LJ11/15/76)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816154968
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
08/01/1992
Pages:
327

Meet the Author

Forrest Carter (1925-79) was born and raised in Oxford, Alabama.

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