The Education of Little Tree

The Education of Little Tree

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Little Tree as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course. Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of white businessmen and tax collectors, and how Granpa, in hilarious vignettes, scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy. Granma teaches Little Tree the joys of reading and education. But when Little Tree is taken away by whites for schooling, we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them and of Little Tree's perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way. A classic of its era, and an enduring book for all ages, The Education of Little Tree has now been redesigned for this twenty-fifth anniversary edition.
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [1991], c1976.
ISBN: 9780826312334
Branch Call Number: CART
Characteristics: viii, 216 p. ; 21 cm.


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Feb 19, 2019

The book was good after I got into it, but, then I found out that it was fiction written by a separatist. I decided it was still a good story, just not nearly as good as when I thought it was true. Surprisingly, I didn't find anything in it offensive or racist. Of course, I am not Indian. Though I have read books by natives, or endorsed by natives, and there wasn't anything that much different in this book, comparatively (re: lifestyle, racism, etc).

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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