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The Education of Little Tree

The Education of Little Tree [Kindle Edition]

Forrest Carter , Rennard Strickland
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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"There's humor, tragedy, tenderness and most of all, love . . . . A lot of people received a lot of education from their grandparents that schools don't offer. But few have expressed it as well as Little Tree has. Very good reading."

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The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression.

"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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (25 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very touching book 9 Nov 2002
By A Customer
The review guidelines ask that we focus on the content and features of a book. However, this book is not about content and features. It's a book that is able to deeply touch you and make you jump out of your everyday life into another world. You view the world through the eyes of a young american indian boy (the author) as he's growing up. That's a beautiful setting, but for me it's not the main point of the book.
This is my favorite book. If you asked me why I would be unable to explain it properly. The best advice I can give is to buy the book. You'll probably find that, like me, you find yourself wanting to buy multiple copies for friends.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read! 8 Oct 2004
By Sushke
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I first heard of this book years ago, when it was being reviewed on Radio 4's 'Book Programme'. The panel all agreed it was an excellent read and whilst listening to their reviews, I knew immediately I wanted to read it. As it was pre:Google days, it took a while to track down but when I eventually managed to find a copy - I couldn't put it down.

This little book is about a journey through life through the eyes of a little Cherokee orphan. Living in the mountains with his Cherokee grandparents, Little Tree, is learning 'The Way'. Sharing the journey with Little Tree is a beautiful and moving experience. It is also funny, sad, spiritual and an education.

'The Education of Little Tree' is a lovely read and is the only book that I never tire of reading. I have since bought copies as gifts, as well as lending my own copy on many occasions. The story of Little Tree has appealed to friends 'young and old', and am delighted to say that a couple have since bought copies as gifts for others too.

This is one of my most favourite books and I say a big Thank You to Forrest Carter for such a lovely little treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 24 Feb 2013
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Don't let stories about the author put you off this book. It is very moving and well written.
The stories leave you laughing and crying alternately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What IS Education? 3 Sep 2009
"The Education of Little Tree" should be required reading for every person involved in the education of children. Yes, it is one person's experience of education in 1930's USA, but it contains lessons to be learned by all educationists, I think, in every and any age and culture. It shows up the fallacies embedded in preconceived conceptions of what is appropriate learning. I really wish I had read it before I started my teaching career, and I made my purchase of the two copies AFTER I had come across it in a reservation shop in California, in order to present them to other teaching members of my family.
'Nuff said!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEEPLY BEAUTIFUL 6 Jan 2002
By A Customer
This is the book you will buy again and again - as gifts for everyone you love who loves to read . Little Tree is an experience. The wisdom, beauty and dignity of the native americans is conveyed directly to the heart in a story about a little boy who goes to live with his Cherokee grandparents.
Inspiring and enlightening in the manner of Marlo Morgan's "Mutant Mesage", but also deeply moving, humbling and funny. I laughed, I cried... and so did all the friends I bought it for. Definitely in my top three!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book. 19 May 2013
By Joe D.
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Arrived in good condition, and is a timeless book that will live on our bookshelves for a long time to come. Hopefully one day I'll have the chance to read it to my grandchildren too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a wonderful read 15 Jan 2013
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A very difficult book to put down. Heart warming & educational in a spiritual way. Forrest Carter takes you into the mind of Little Tree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Education of Little Tree 2 Jan 2013
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I first read this book when I went to be with my daughter in Boise, Idaho for the birth of her first child in 2000.
She gave me this book and I was enchanted by it. When I came back home to Ireland I bought 4 copies for family and friends. My own copy was also lent but not returned so this is the 6th copy I have bought and I will be holding onto it!
The book is so simple that it is magical. There are laughs as well as tears. I love it.
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