The Education of Little Tree

The Education of Little Tree

Book - 1976
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Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press/Eleanor Friede, c1976.
ISBN: 9780440023197
Characteristics: x, 216 p.


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Dec 04, 2020

This is a story about a Cherokee boy growing up in Appalachia during the Great Depression. I thought it was a memoir but have since learned otherwise. Little Tree is brought up by his Indian Granma and Granpa who teach him Indian ways: hand fishing, the whiskey making trade, fox tracking, church going (or not) and dictionary reading. Problem is, the author was not Cherokee after all.

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).

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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