Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Story of Little Horse & Traveler by Frank A. Reed Jr.

This is an account of two Indian boys born close together whose fathers were best friends.  They grew up together and watched the White man change their world.  You can either be part of the change or be left behind.  These two tried to embrace the change and keep their old traditions at the same time.

Dog Ear Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

I was impressed by this read.  It's factual, doesn't hide the tragedies the Indians faced but doesn't dwell on them either.  They take them in stride and keep moving forward.

The book is written for middle graders and they should find this account very interesting.  There's lots of Indian activities.  The Lakota don't want to fight wars but they will defend themselves.  You follow the young ones to old age and watch their families grow and change on the way.  They even become friends with a White man.

The story sounds very realistic.  I have Indian relatives because my grandfather's brother married an Indian woman.  When we played cowboys and Indians, I was the Indian and the Indian boys were the cowboys.  We liked it that way but it made our parents laugh.

Here's a great way to introduce your young ones to an age that has almost disappeared in present times.

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