Green Leaf's cousins are all older than he and don't like to play fair. He longs for a friend his own age to go fishing and exploring with him, and to play games. When he meets a Luxembourger boy, Henri, Green Leaf is sure they could become friends, but Henri's words are strange to Green Leaf. How can they play and explore together? Green Leaf's mother says "Friends learn to say one another's words."
But will Green Leaf learn to speak his friend's words well enough to save Henri when he falls into danger?
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Green Leaf, The Potawatomi Boy by Lisa Lickel is a historically-based children’s story about the friendship between two boys. Green Leaf is a boy who is a part of the Potawatomi tribe that lived in Wisconsin in the 1830s. He makes friends with a “Long Hair” French boy named Henri. Though they speak different languages, they learn from each other. This sweet story weaves history and the Potawatomi Indian culture throughout a tale that shows how language is no barrier to friendship. It would be an excellent social studies book for a young homeschooling child as the author has done her homework in researching this time period. I would recommend it for the young elementary reader.
I think it's such a gift when one can write a book for children. The Potawatomi Boy is a great book that will educate children about different cultures and teach children about building friendships. I think this is a good educational tool that any teacher, mother and home school teacher should consider adding to their library.