A biography of the legendary Oglala Sioux warrior who defeated General Custer provides a close-up look at a man who, angered by broken promises and the destruction of his world, battled to save his people, their way of life, and their land.
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Judith St. George has published dozens of successful nonfiction books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning So You Want to Be President? and the historical Turning Point series, including You’re On Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt; Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln; and Take the Lead, George Washington. You can visit her online at www.judithstgeorge.com.
Grade 5-8-St. George's biography is as much a portrait of an era as it is an account of one man's role in history. Using transcripts of interviews conducted in the 1930s with people who knew Crazy Horse as well as other primary sources, the author paints a picture of a taciturn but loyal man who felt it was his destiny to defend his people against the encroachment of white settlers. Woven into the narrative is information about the Sioux culture, alliances, and beliefs (the importance of visions is emphasized). Readers are continually reminded of Crazy Horse's role as a warrior; descriptions of skirmishes and battles (including Little Big Horn) are filled with strategy and tactics, along with comments on failures as well as successes. Although the author states in her introduction that at times she "...had to imagine what his emotions and reactions would have been," she avoids speculation and does not fabricate dialogue. She also mentions the conflicting accounts uncovered in her research regarding some of the details of her subject's life and battles, but does not elaborate on them. Although readable, there are times when the book takes on a tone similar to Crazy Horse's quiet nature, leading to some slow-moving, dry sections. Still, the book will be of interest to readers who are studying Plains Indian history and geography.
Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
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Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110399226672
Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0399226672