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The Education of Little Tree [Kindle Edition]

Forrest Carter , Rennard Strickland
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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"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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Forrest Carter

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 523 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,053 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What IS Education? 3 Sept. 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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book (despite the author's background) 15 May 2014
By Sue
This is the story of Little Tree, a five-year-old boy who is brought up by his Cherokee grandparents after his mother dies. Although the introduction claims it’s an autobiographical reminiscence, it is in fact fiction. Moreover, the author is not Cherokee; at one point he was apparently a member of extreme racist groups in the USA.

Nevertheless, it’s a very well-written book. I gather that some of the details of Little Tree’s life and Cherokee customs are not based on reality, but pure fiction; that would perhaps upset people from this background, but for me it was a delightful insight into a world I knew nothing about.

Moreover, the book is very pro-Cherokee, and positive about Little Tree’s experiences, educational and otherwise. White men are shown to be bigoted and legalistic, and Little Tree’s brief foray into a boarding school is heart-breaking.

I can only assume that the author had repented of his former beliefs when he wrote it. Some critics consider the language offensive – it’s written in a distinctive style, almost as if in five-year-old language at times. But for me, it added to the realism of the story.

All in all, I thought it a lovely book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The education of little tree 4 Aug. 2012
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It says at least 20 words to review this book, I could use more words to praise little tree than Forest Carter used to write it. Heartwarming, soulfullfilling (I just invented a word i think), sad, beautiful, you will have a tear in your eye on more than one occasion reading this book, tears of joy and sadness. The education of little tree should be on the curriculum of every school in every city and town. A truly wonderous read.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, heart wrenching a story full of light, love, innocence
Finishing the book I find myself weeping, this book filled with life & colour makes your heart brake that such a beautiful way of life, simple yet warm, full of nurture and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by miss cl broomfield-payne
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish everyone on earth could read this.
It's one of the greatest, wisest books ever. It is funny, sweet, moving, and at some points painfully tragic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good morals.
Very good story.
Published 5 months ago by kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging story of a Cherokee child as related through his own...
A thought provoking, deeply engaging story of a young, mountain Cherokee in his family. Beautifully, tellingly told via the voice of the child. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. M. Carey Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I loved this book it was sad funny and well written.You would have to have no heart to not feel something reading this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angie T.D.
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel cheated
I picked this book up from the library and read it. It was simple and moving, i even shed tears because i ignorantly thought it was a true story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by N. Bhavsar
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must" read
For anyone who feels drawn to understanding the Native American life as the white people came, this book is simple to understand and beautifully written in a way that gives you... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pam
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book.
Arrived in good condition, and is a timeless book that will live on our bookshelves for a long time to come. Read more
Published on 19 May 2013 by Joe D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful book shame about the author
This is a wonderful, I was devastated when someone got me reading up about the author. Lowest form of life. Shame cos this is a great book.
Published on 29 Mar. 2013 by mcah
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