Saturday, September 20, 2014

Horse Raid The Making of a Warrior by Paul Goble

Mr. Goble has written several books for middle grade readers that are about Indians.  He does his research, presents his glossary and facts at the back of the book, and makes the characters sound vibrant and alive.  In his books, the Indians from the past live again.

Wisdom Tales and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  The book has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

Lone Bull is fourteen.  He wants to go with his father on the horse raid, but he's left behind.  Or so he thinks.  It seems Grandpa thinks he's old enough to go and gives him a horse and supplies.  He and his best friend trail behind the men for a few days until they catch up.  When they find they are near, they wonder how to join them.  While they sit around the fire thinking, the rest of the tribe joins them.  They knew they were following them! Lone Bull is thrilled to help with the raid and he's well on his way to being a man.

This is a great way to teach young ones about Indian life.  There is a bibliography at the end giving a list of books that cover this subject in greater detail.  The more you read, the more you learn.

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