A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero

A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero

by Gina Capaldi

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Overview

This story reveals the remarkable life of a Native American boy named Wassaja, or "Beckoning," who was kidnapped from his Yavapai tribe and sold as a slave. Adopted by an Italian photographer in 1871 and renamed Carlos Montezuma, the young boy traveled throughout the Old West, bearing witness to the prejudice against and poor treatment of Native Americans. Carlos eventually became a doctor and leader for his people, calling out for their rights. Gina Capaldi's exquisite paintings bring to life excerpts from Dr. Carlos Montezuma's own letters describing his childhood experiences. The culminating portrait provides an inventive look back into history through the eyes of a Native American hero.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822576440
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Series: Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 633,804
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: NC880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 10 Years

About the Author

As a freelance artist, Gina Capaldi has both written and illustrated books that range from nonfiction, educational, and picture books. Her favorite published works are her historical nonfiction, such as A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero. One of Gina's earlier books on American Indians has been recommended for elementary school social studies curriculum in the Virginia School systems. Gina Capaldi attended Malibu's Pepperdine University; Art Center & College of Design in Pasadena, California; and Pitzer College in Claremont, California.


As a freelance artist, Gina Capaldi has both written and illustrated books that range from nonfiction, educational, and picture books. Her favorite published works are her historical nonfiction, such as A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero. One of Gina's earlier books on American Indians has been recommended for elementary school social studies curriculum in the Virginia School systems. Gina Capaldi attended Malibu's Pepperdine University; Art Center & College of Design in Pasadena, California; and Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

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A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
eputney87 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary- A young Native American boy is taken from his family when his village is raided by the US Army. He is sold into slavery, lives a childhood full of change and eventually becomes a doctor. Strength- LayoutOn almost every page there is a side strip with actual photographs taken of Carlos and his family. Underneath the photos are descriptions and historical explanations. Use with Children- This would be a great book to help bring about the discussion of culture to young children. What would it be like if you were taken from your family and moved to a completely new culture? How did Carlos feel living in an unfamiliar culture?
cshupp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow this story was rough. It is amazing that he overcame so much! I don't know what I would do if I was seperated from my family like he was.
staciemarie217 More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding biography for children written about the life story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma. As a Native American, he was kidnapped from his tribe and family at a young age. Despite the many hardships young "Wassaja" encountered, he grew up not only to be a successful doctor, but a leader for his people's rights. I would definitely encourage young readers, 2nd grade and up, to discover this book. It is a great American history tool with factual information and photographs. The illustrations also display the story beautifully. There are important life lessons that can be taught through this book as well. It teaches the reader that one should work hard through hardships and be grateful for what they have, and they will come out ahead. This story is very moving. It is both heart-breaking and heart-warming.