Sunday, September 13, 2015

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

Jimmy McClean is having a bullying problem at school.  He's mostly Indian but he has white skin, blue eyes,and light brown hair.  Neither the whites or the Indians like him.  He just wants to be left alone.  His grandfather notices he's not himself and gets the story out of him.  Then he tells him he'll take him on a summer trip and they'll talk about Crazy Horse, another Indian with lighter skin and hair...

Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th.

This is an excellent way to learn history.  It would also be a good guide to a road trip for you.  Jimmy's grandfather takes him to various historical sites and talks about how old Crazy Horse was then, the things he learned from fighting the soldiers, his loves, and his sacrifices.  Crazy Horse was a smart man.  He fought for a long time but he could see the end coming.

Mr. Marshall gives you the tale of a present day Indian with Grandpa stories about Crazy Horse in between.  You read those stories and they don't sound like history even if they are.  It's a very nice presentation and I learned some things even though I've read quite a bit about Crazy Horse already.  There's a glossary at the back of terms that might unfamiliar.

Here's a great learning tool that doesn't look or sound like one!  Maybe you'd like to follow Crazy Horse's footsteps, too.

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