The Education of Little Tree

The Education of Little Tree

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Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents and goes to live with his mountain dwelling grandparents and learn the wisdom of the Cherokee way of life.
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2004.
Edition: University of New Mexico Press pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780826328090
Call Number: CARTER
Characteristics: viii, 216 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Biographical fiction.
Cherokee Indians -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: Stricklan, Rennard


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SPPL_Anna Mar 19, 2018

This book is a problematic example of a white man playing Indian in order to sell a narrative. The author is actually Asa Carter who was speechwriter to George Wallace of "Segregation Forever!" fame. Regardless of literary merit it is damaging to to natives. For those interested, here is a post by scholar of children's literature, Debbie Reese:

Apr 10, 2016

Fact or Fiction, Nevermind: This is a great book. I am thinking about it weeks after finishing it. You'd never know by the childish cover that it's an intriguing and captivating book. I wish to find more books by this author. There is much folklore and herbal remedies although I would research the ideas more but some survival plants I can attest to being true. I am going to read this book again one day; really a great book.

Jun 18, 2015

The reader should be aware that this book is a hoax; not a memoir but fiction. Here is the link to one of many articles that can be found on the internet concerning the author:


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Jan 31, 2010

"I felt total bad about it, and empty. Granpa said he knew how I felt, for he was feeling the same way. But Granpa said everything you lost which you had loved give you that feeling. He said the only way round it was not to love anything, which was worse because you would feel empty all the time (78)."

"It made you feel like this was the last summer; that you had already left it and wanted it back, and here you was all the time. You wisht he hadn't started playing [the fiddle], for you ached--and then you hoped he wouldn't stop. It was lonesome (146)."


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