Little Man: A Novel Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-03 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings

" Interesting historical figure and insight into Native America. " said.

" Wonderful book, amazing to me that the story survived to be told, beautiful art work. " said.

"This is a really interesting straight forward profile of a little piece of history that I had never heard of before. In 1528, while the Spanish conquistadores were plundering and "taming" the New World, the Spanish King charged Cabeza de Vaca to investigate and report on how the natives were being treated. The expedition made landfall in Florida, but quickly fell apart and after various disasters a small group of men, including Cabeza de Vaca, began making their way on foot through what is today Texas and Mexico to get back to Spanish settlements.

This is not an uplifting story. Cabeza de Vaca traveled and survived for ten years, but didn't earn wealth or a peaceful old age. He devised a clever plan to prevent further sacking of Native American villages by having them display signs of converting to Christianity. Even though the king had ordered the conquistadors not to abuse and enslave the Native Americans, they continued to do so until villages began erecting crosses. Yes, it did save lives, but religious conversion on the pain of death is always questionable.
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"This was an interesting approach to kid's history - but the pictures were a little too National Geographic reconstruction-ish for me. The history is accurate and the author did a good job structuring the incredible story (with nice sidebars with de Vaca's actual words), but some of the text was a little...not boring, exactly, but it seemed like Waldman tried to cram too many words in here, with not enough passion, or not enough stuff to capture kid's interest. It's hard to do history for kids. I guess I thought it seemed like it was simultaneously aimed at an older audience, but the format was for younger kids (who would probably get bored with the long pages of descriptive text).

The epilogue (what happened to other characters) was excellent, a really nice touch.
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