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Horse Raid: The Making of a Warrior

Horse Raid: The Making of a Warrior

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by Paul Goble, Joseph Bruchac (Foreword by)

For the tribes of the American plains in the Buffalo Days of the pre-reservation life, horse raiding was a chance for men to show their courage and bravery in battle. “No man can help another to be brave,” says grandfather to fourteen-year-old Lone Bull, “but through brave deeds you may become a leader one day.” Lone Bull wanted to be a


For the tribes of the American plains in the Buffalo Days of the pre-reservation life, horse raiding was a chance for men to show their courage and bravery in battle. “No man can help another to be brave,” says grandfather to fourteen-year-old Lone Bull, “but through brave deeds you may become a leader one day.” Lone Bull wanted to be a warrior and he knew he could be victorious in a horse raid if only given the chance! But when Lone Bull’s father refuses to let his son and his best friend join the raid, what do the young boys do? They set off to follow the group with the help of grandfather! Will it all end in disaster?

Master storyteller, Paul Goble, brings to life this exciting and timeless coming-of-age story of Lone Bull, a young Lakota boy eager to join the warriors on a horse raid against the Crow. This newly revised edition features digitally enhanced artwork, completely revised text, a brand new layout, and a fascinating foreword from world famous storyteller, Joseph Bruchac.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This new edition of Goble's Lone Bull's Horse Raid, first published in 1973, features digitally remastered illustrations as well as revised text. Horse Raid: The Making of a Warrior is a coming-of-age story featuring Lone Bull, a "typical" 14-year-old Oglala Sioux Indian who desires to make a name for himself through horse-raiding. Since horses were of great value to Plains Indians because of their uses in chasing buffalo and transporting goods, young men sought the honor and recognition that horse-raiding brought to them and their tribe. Written from Lone Bull's perspective, this exciting and classic tale takes readers on a young warrior's adventure as he makes his first attempt to raid horses from the Crow Tribe. Through the long days and nights as Lone Bull prepares to make his attack, readers share in the struggle as well as the triumph of Lone Bull's success when he becomes a true warrior in the eyes of his family and tribe. Colorful illustrations enhance the exciting sequence of events and have been updated and revised for better clarity. This is a good choice for readers who are transitioning from easier readers to short chapter books. With a new foreword by Joseph Bruchac, as well as an updated reference page and a wealth of historical information, this serves as one option for expanding a collection in the area of Native American culture for children.—Natalie Braham, Denver Public Library

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Wisdom Tales
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Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.60(d)
NC880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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. Born in England, he has lived in the US since 1977. In 1959, Goble was adopted into the Yakima and Sioux tribes (with the name Wakinyan Chikala, “Little Thunder”) by Chief Edgar Red Cloud. Goble has given his entire collection of original illustrations to the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota, where it is permanently on display. He lives with his wife in Rapid City, SD.

Joseph Bruchac is best known for his work as a Native writer and storyteller, with more than 120 books and numerous awards to his credit. As a professional teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands, Bruchac has performed widely in Europe and throughout the United States. He is the storyteller-in-residence for Native American organizations and schools throughout the US, including the Institute of Alaska Native Arts and the Onondaga Nation School. He lives in Greenfield Center, NY

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Horse Raid: The Making of a Warrior 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BarbaraLyn More than 1 year ago
I have always loved reading about our Native Americans. The HORSE RAID is about the Plains Indians and how a boy became a warrior. This is really like two books in one. The forward tells the historical information and then the fictional story follows. Understanding the historical part makes the story all that much better. The story features a 14-year-old boy who wants to be grown up. His father wants him to wait to join a horse raiding party but his grandfather helps him to ride out after the party left. The boys think they are following the party without its knowledge but his father allows him four days before he approaches him and tells him they knew they were there. So they are allowed to join the party and the rest of the story is about what happens during the raid and when they return home. The books also describes how in tune to nature the Indians were and how they earned their place in the society. The illustrations that go along with the story add so much to the written words. Whether you are a teacher or mother, you will find this book to be something to add to your library.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Some picture books are just so beautiful they’re hard to put down. Paul Goble’s Horse Raid falls into this category. The story, though told to young readers, is by no means simple. It’s a well-researched depiction of life in the Plains, when buffalo still ran wild, and horses were the measure of a man. The youthful protagonist wants to prove himself a man, and his grandfather helps him sneak out after his father’s raiding party. But father knows more than he lets on, and older readers will quickly see how plans have come together to give this boy his chance at adulthood. Responsibility, respect, and recognition of cultural mores underpin this tale. Neither war nor theft are glorified, but a world is brought to life, and the reader, young or old, is given a chance to share something of that world’s experience. Beautiful pictures adorn the pages, darkness bringing the secrecy of night, horses flying like the wind, riders wearing their eagle feathers, inviting questions to work out what they mean. Fighting, feeling, mourning and rejoicing, all are gorgeously depicted on pages filled with intricate details, complex pattern, and deceptive simplicity. Horse Raid is quite simply a gorgeous book—a well told tale, beautifully illustrated, honest, evocative, captivating, and true. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and I offer my honest review.