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Gift Horse: A Lakota Story

Gift Horse: A Lakota Story

Spring 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: S. D. Nelson
Illustrator: S. D. Nelson
ISBN: 0-8109-4127-9
Hardcover Price: $14.95
Review:
A member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas, the author tells a compelling coming-of-age tale from the time when his people followed great herds of buffalo across the Great Plains of the United States. When the young hero-narrator, a boy of perhaps ten or eleven, is given a Gift Horse by his father, he begins his journey to manhood. First he becomes a master rider, then the tribe's medicine man sends him on a lone, four-day journey of the spirit and finally he is allowed to accompany the men of his tribe on a buffalo hunt. Only when he kills his first buffalo—not for sport but to feed and clothe his people—does the boy, Flying Cloud, earn the title of Lakota Warrior and the right to wear the buffalo-hide shirt that goes with that honor. Simply and clearly told, the story will appeal to children interested in history and the lives of Native Americans before Europeans "discovered" our continent.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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