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In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-09 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 20 user ratings
ISBN:141970785X
LANGUAGE:English

" Did not work so well as a read aloud (need something above their level not on it) but will get some more copies so it can be part of a book club option. As we have referred back to the book as we study the people of the Western Hemisphere kids are making more connections and I liked the premise a lot. " said.

" "For reals?" Every time the main character Jimmy said this I cringed a little. The idea of the book was good (Native American boy who doesn't fit in with his peers because he looks differently than most other Natives) but I wasn't very interested in the historical fiction spin on Crazy Horse's life that comprised almost the entire book. " said.

"Enjoyed this a great deal. I think younger children to preteen would also enjoy it. The story of a young Native American boy in present time who is being bullied by two boys at school. His grandfather decides to take him on a journey following the same paths that Crazy Horse had used many years ago. His grandfather tells him the story of Crazy Horse's life from when he was a little boy to when he was killed. It teaches the boy about responsibility and bravery, lessons he can use in his own life. A great blend of present day Native life on a reservation and the historical life of Crazy Horse, a great Native American hero and legend." said.

"Jimmy and his grandfather take a road trip, visiting many key places where Crazy Horse lived and fought. The narrative is relatively easy to read - perfect for 4th graders on up, and the book is relatively short and includes ink sketch illustrations. The narrative alternates between Jimmy's perspective (using third person), and grandfather's stories/history about Crazy Horse (which uses italics to differentiate the text). There is a clear map at the beginning of the book, outlining each place mentioned on their trip, and an author's note and glossary at the end. Excellent for classroom use, this received the American Indian Library Association's Youth Literature Award." said.

" This book is going to need a little help finding and audience, but when it does they are going to love it. Coming of age, road trips, history, culture all work so well in this slim text. " said.

" This book provides stories, insights and a beautiful understanding of Native Americans and the life of Crazy Horse through the eyes of a young native boy. " said.

" This would have been a two star if I didn't like the plot/story so much. The writing is just... bad. It's super choppy and all the conversations felt so robotic. A book that should have been finished in one or two sittings took days because I had a hard time enjoying it and staying interested in the writing. I'd like to read a story about Crazy Horse, though, and perhaps by a different author. " said.

" As a history buff, I love that this book focuses on how knowing where we come from can help us better know who we are. And I very much enjoyed learning more about Crazy Horse. " said.

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