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Karen CardenThe Sketchbook of Thomas Blue Eagle is an elegant and intriguing book. Written by twin sisters Gay Matthaei and Jewel Grutman, it is a fictional account of a young Lakota brave in the late 1800s. When the US government relocates Plains Indians to reservations, the traditional Lakota ways begin dying out. Thomas Blue Eagle and some of his friends are given an opportunity to profit from their hunting skills by joining Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. There, they meet such western greats as Annie Oakley. Blue Eagle's riding and bow-and-arrow talents make him a star of the show as he travels throughout the United States and Europe. All the while, though, his thoughts are back home with Echo, the young woman he hopes to marry. (Ostensibly, he makes this sketchbook for her so he can bring back images of all he's seen.) The illustrations by Adam Cvijanovic are a stunning part of this book. He starts by using a flat pictograph style that changes to a more three-dimensional look as Blue Eagle encounters European artists. This fascinating volume is a sequel to the award-winner The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle. Both are grounded in historical research and include comments from a native-American historian.
— The Christian Science Monitor