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Death of the Iron Horse

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In an act of bravery and defiance against the white men encroaching on their territory in 1867, a group of young Cheyenne braves derail and raid a freight train.

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Grade 1-3 Goble has taken several accounts of the 1867 Cheyenne attack of a Union Pacific freight train (listed on the verso of the title page) and combined them into a story from the Indians' viewpoint. As the Cheyenne Prophet Sweet Medicine had foretold, strange hairy people were invading the land, killing women and children and driving off the horses. Descriptions of the iron horse inspired curiosity and fear in the young braves who decided to go out and protect their village from this new menace. Keeping fairly close to actual Indian accounts, Goble presents the braves' bold attack on the train, glossing over the deaths of the train crew. The highlight of the book is the portrayal of the young braves as they explore the contents of the train. They toss meaningless rectangles of green paper into the air and spread bolts of colorful cloth across the prairie. Deciding they had nothing more to fear, the braves return home, little realizing what the future holds. The art, done in India ink and watercolors, is delicately colored with lots of open white space. A beautifully illustrated story. Karen Zimmerman, I.D. Weeks Library, University of South Dakota, Vermillion
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this picture book, the Caldecott Medalist again recreates the past as experienced by Native Americans. His incomparable paintings, full of vitality and color, illustrate a true story, the Cheyennes' sole victory over encroaching whites whose railroads "tear open our Mother, the earth." In 1867, the young Cheyenne warriors rode out on their ponies to attack the fire-breathing Iron Horse, causing a terrible wreck that actually had some humorous aspects. Although short-lived, the braves' triumph is entrenched in Indian lore. And the artist's final picture mutely and eloquently records the difference between the attitudes of the conquerers and the Native Americans who respected the landlitter defaces the area beside the rails of a modern Amtrak. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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