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Education of Little Tree
     

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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9780899665368
Publisher:
Buccaneer Books, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1986
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
216

Meet the Author

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

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Education of Little Tree 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually didnt buy this book from here originally. I am buying it again though, not only to own the 25th anniversary version, but also to own a copy that isnt worn. I have read this book a dozen or more times, lent it to friends to let read, and talked about it for years. Everytime I read this book I find something new in it. Something I didnt laugh at, something I didnt learn, or something I never felt. I was an English major in college, and have read a lot of books, both for academics and for pleasure. This remains my favorite by far. Only an open-minded and full-hearted person should read this, though. Otherwise, the lessons are gone to waste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the most amazing books i have ever read. the author is a beautiful writer and i felt like i was right there with little tree. an eye opener on how things should be done and how they could be made better. i cried like a small child through the last chapters by the overwhelming emotions that were released. I recommend this book to any person of any age who would like to see the light.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly one of the best books that I have ever read. The book was given to me by my best friend when I was down out and out. It really makes you appreciate the smaller things in life. This is one of those books that you carry with you for a life time. There are so many lessons to be learned! You will experience laughter, crying, anger, joy, etc....you will get it from this book. If you are of indian heritage, you will truly appreciate it. I recommend it to all!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To those who write that this book is boring, it seems like they couldn't have actually read this book.Besides, boredom comes from within! I found Education of Little Tree to be one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. As a 53 year old college professor, the book moved me in many ways. It is full of wisdom. It made me laugh and cry. I can't stop thinking about this book. I pity those who found it boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book last night and I can't stop thinking about it. What an awesome book. A lot of issues concerning morality were covered here along with a few historical events.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book REALLY touched me inside and when I saw it here I knew I had to spread the word. Buy this book for I promise you once you read it you will never be the same.