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Title:
The education of Little Tree
Author:
Carter, Forrest.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1986.

©1976
Physical Description:
viii, 216 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Delacorte Press, c1976. With new foreword.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.5 11.0 7007.

Reading Counts RC High School 6.5 14 Quiz: 03458 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780826308795
Format :
Book

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Summary

The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression. "Little Tree" as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course. Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of white businessmen and tax collectors, and how Granpa, in hilarious vignettes, scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy. Granma teaches Little Tree the joys of reading and education. But when Little Tree is taken away by whites for schooling, we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them and of Little Tree's perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way.


Author Notes

Forrest Carter is best known for his autobiographical work, The Education of Little Tree (1976). Carter was orphaned at the age of ten and raised by his grandfather. In the Education of Little Tree, he wrote of his happy childhood in the isolated woods of the Tennesee Hill Country and lovingly recalls his grandfather who gave him a unique education based heavily on his Cherokee heritage. Carter once estimated that he never spent more than six months in a formal educational setting.

Other notable works by Forrest Carter are The Rebel Outlaw, Josey Wales (1973), and Cry Geronimo (1980). The Rebel Outlaw, Josey Wales was purchased by Clint Eastwood, who produced and starred in the movie adaptation of the work in 1976.

(Bowker Author Biography)