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27 December 2012
Circles by Ruby Standing Deer provides a moving insight into the Native American culture of the past. A young boy with special powers - visions - is our hero. He is Feather Floating In Water who lives with his mother Makes Baskets and his dead father's parents, his grandparents Bright Sun Flower and Hawk Soaring. His grandmother helps him to understand why he has these puzzling dreams and how he must be prepared to endure them for the good of his tribe. She teaches him about the sacred circle in life - how everything needs something else in order to live. Feather needs his people, and they need him.
Family relationships are beautifully depicted, as is tribal life with its fun and frustrations. The deep respect for nature that Native Americans harbour comes strongly to the fore in this wonderful story, where White Paws the wolf plays a large role. He is one of the companions that helps Feather fulfil his potential as a worthy spiritual leader for his tribe. The Fish People have to leave the hidden place where they have lived for many years, and it's Feather that gives them the courage to do so.
We see Feather develop from a talkative youngster - he's often told "Too many words spill out of your mouth at once" - to an intelligent, thoughtful young man now known as Shining Light. He helps his people and others deal with the threat posed by the Europeans who are entering their territory and leads them to a new land, through plenty of danger and challenges.
This book is deceptively simple. Life seems calm and safe, but there is always underlying danger, from a hidden snake to a lurking enemy. It is thoughtfully written and it makes the reader think and reflect on the moral simplicity of the Native Amercians' lives and perhaps wish that our own lives were so straightforward and based on such mutual respect.
Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in return for my honest opinion.
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4.7 out of 5 stars