The Education of Little Tree
by Forrest Carter
Editor: University of New Mexico Press
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This story fascinated readers of all ages because it was first published twenty-five years ago.The tale tells the story of a very young orphan boy, who was adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression.Little Tree “, as his call grandparents showed him how to hunt and survive in the mountains, with respect to nature in the Cherokee Maniere, taking only what is necessary, letting the rest of nature follow its course.Petit Arbre also often learns insensitive ways of white businessmen and tax collectors, and how the grandfather, in hilarious vignettes, scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the monetary economy.Grandma teaches Petit Arbre to the joys of reading and educationBut when the Little Tree of White Schooling, we learn from the cruelty inflicted on Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them and Little Tree’s perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee.
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