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Kniha je prerozprávaním príbehov zo života indiánskeho chlapca, ktorého sa po smrti rodičov ujímajú starí rodičia, múdri ľudia z kmeňa Cherokee.

Viete niečo o duši amerických Indiánov? Viete, že stromy hovoria? Viete, ako posielať správy prostredníctvom hviezd? Viete niečo o smiechu a slzách v ľudskom srdci? Alebo o vernosti psov, falošnosti politikov a hrdosti, ktorá sa n
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Hardcover, 179 pages
Published January 11th 2007 by Artforum (first published 1976)
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Genova Vader I thought it was a memoir when I read it for a children's lit class in college. it became my favorite book and then most hated author, after the…moreI thought it was a memoir when I read it for a children's lit class in college. it became my favorite book and then most hated author, after the slow-burn of realizing the racism was supported, not suffered. Should we judge a book for its beauty, separating it from its author? It is only in NOT reconciling the two that I can say that I love this book and that it had a profound impact on me, especially when it comes to Christmas trees. (less)
Joan Broadfield Hmmm... As I read it, I became suspicious. It is possible that some will not see an underlying perspective but I'd want some folks of the community he…moreHmmm... As I read it, I became suspicious. It is possible that some will not see an underlying perspective but I'd want some folks of the community he was 'imagining' before I'd recommend it as a 'good read' that has 'no hint' of baggage.

The 'mental models' we absorb about those different from us can put spins of positive or negative aspects that do not reflect the reality of experience, but simply imagination. If someone reads this as a book about a native american, they are not getting that perspective in fact.(less)
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J.G. Keely
The closest this book gets to touching nature is the sweet sappiness of the story. Though the author put the story forward as true, he was not actually a Native, but a racist con-man who fought to keep segregation and was a member of the KKK.

But this revelation shouldn't be that surprising, since the book is hardly insightful or sensitive in its views. Carter's characters are old, romanticized cliches of the colonial 'Noble Savage'--poor Indians beset by the white man's greed trying to eke a pe
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Diane S ☔
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Within the first three pages I fell in love with our four year old narrator, whose grandfather called Little Tree. His relationships with his grandparents reminded me so much of mine, it was hard not to identify with that even though his Cherokee culture was of course different. Still, the love, the knowledge, the ways shown to live were in many ways, different but the same. So Little Tree learns from his grandparents the way of the Indian and how to navigate the world of the white man. Loved wa ...more
Lawyer
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in how to live. And why.
Recommended to Lawyer by: My well read friend, Lawyer Ritchie Tipton
The Education of Little Tree: Which is Right

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter was chosen as the Pre-1980 Group Read by members of On the Southern Literary Trail for June, 2016. Special thanks to Trail Member Tina for nominating this work.


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The Education of Little Tree, First Edition, Delacorte Press, New York, New York, 1976


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Forrest Carter, 1975

This is my third read of this book. It means much to me. For it speaks of the love shared by a young boy and his grandparents. Orphan
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Leah Higginbotham
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Leah by: Michelle (mother in law)
*Note: there is a lot of controversy and here say about the author of this book. Forget about it and enjoy this book with an innocent mind!

The Education of Little Tree follows a young boy as he follows his Grandpa, learning and loving as he goes. From plowing to whiskey making, it divinely illustrates the power of self. Regardless of external influences, industry, growth, abundance, and love can be grown and cultivated.

This book was so deep and enriching on so many levels. It made me look at my
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Elizabeth
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It's so much more than how you would describe it, so much more than words like story about a boy and his grandparents living in the South describe. The words have such power. They are so vivid; they recreate a world, a picture of a different time and place that is gone from us now. Because of their power, I can so perfectly imagine those hills, that place, and those people in my mind. Every time I read this book, I feel as I am there with them, livin ...more
wheels
embarrassing. after caty informed me, i googled the author and learned that the original edition was published as an autobiography, though carter is not of native american heritage, was a leader in the klu klux klan, and active as a segregtionist. wow, huh? if you ever want a defintion of appropriation and cultural theft, here's an exemplary one. (my tattered copy was dubbed as an autobiography.)
Sierra
Jun 21, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got out of college without reading a heck of a lot of classic literature, American or otherwise. Now I'm trying to make up for lost time. I picked up The Education of Little Tree because there happened to be a copy here at my sister's house. I vaguely remembered there being some controversy á la Rigoberta Menchú or Nick Frey. The reissue I have from 1999 has "AMERICAN INDIANS/FICTION" on the back cover, but the introduction calls it "[Forrest Carter's] autobiographical remembrances of life wit ...more
Scott Wojtalik-courter
I remembered enjoying this book when i read it about fifteen years ago. I stuck in on my list of 'have-reads' and gave it high marks. Then I read a little bit about this author. I just am flummoxed, though I shouldn't be; the levels to which people will stoop. Well, you can't deny he was a decent teller of tales, or lies, as Mark Twain might have said. A klansman who formed his own chapter, took part in lynchings, was a political writer who wrote George Wallace's infamous line, 'segregation now, ...more
Lynn
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book last weekend. I'd put it up there with The Alchemist and To Kill a Mockingbird, it was that powerful. This is a work of fiction (despite the intro, it is not really an autobiography) about a 5 year old Cheerokee boy who is raised by his grandparents, Cheerokee hill people, after the death of his parents. It is set in depression-era Tennessee. The story is told in vignettes; the chapters in chronological order. It was a quick read, just over 200 pages, with some mild language ...more
Tim
Oct 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, especially in the fact that the writer was also a speech writer for George Wallace, infamous Southern biggot and racist. Maybe that shows Carters true talent then, the ability to switch between such different literary voices...the question is, which voice is his? ...more
Sheyla
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this and I loved it. I will have to add this one to my list of Favorites. All told from the mouth of a 5 year old... Maybe that's why I was so entertained. I'm surrounded by kids all the time anyway.

The wisdom and utter innocence of Little tree was so refreshing I felt like I was being schooled by a 5 year old. I loved learning about all the Indian traditions.
Toward the end when he had to leave, I was so sad I ached for Little tree and his Grandparents. I fell in love with them an
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Sue
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009, fiction
This is the story of Little Tree, a five-year-old boy who is brought up by his Cherokee grandparents after his mother dies. Although the introduction claims it's an autobiographical reminiscence, it is in fact fiction. Moreover, the author is not Cherokee; at one point he was apparently a member of extreme racist groups in the USA.

Nevertheless, it's a very well-written book. I gather that some of the details of Little Tree's life and Cherokee customs are not based on reality, but pure fiction;
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Tina
"Grandpa said he had many's the time seen that same kind of thing, feelings taking over sense, make as big a fools out of people as it had ol' Rippitt. Which I reckon is so." I think this quote sums up this entire novel. People letting their feelings take over their common sense where others are concerned.

This is a novel about prejudice and discrimination against the Indian, the Jew, the White Man, the Politician, the Christian, the Poor, the Wealthy, the Sinner, the Saint, the Educated and the
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Vannessa Anderson
The Education of Little Tree touched me on every emotional level!

Little Tree, at age four, went to live with his grandparents after the death of his mom; only a year earlier he’d lost his dad. Little Tree’s grandparents, in their seventies, knew they probably only had a few years to teach Little Tree everything he needed to know to survive on his own started teaching him life’s skills upon their arrival to bring him home to live with them. The story took place in the Appalachian mountains of Ten
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Sarah
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was quite an emotional roller coaster. Little Tree sees everything with such innocence that the things he sees - racism and cruelty - are all the more heartbreaking. His relationship with his grandparents is quite deep and profound. I really loved this.
Tuck
Neat coming of age story bout a kid with n North Carolina mountain na during depression. Raised by Cherokee grandma and grandpa. Good details on farming , moon shining, walking in the woods.
Lora
I struggle with this. I don't know if it falls flat because it does not appeal to me or it falls flat because it feels faked and uneven or if it falls flat because I am familiar with the controversy around the author. I don't think it's the last item, though I think the prior knowledge may have tainted my read somewhat. There are just too many passages where I know I'm supposed to laugh, but the laugh doesn't work for me, or there are passages that just sound like a cracked bell or a dull flat n ...more
Natalie
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature-books
A dear new soul recommended me this novel, and am I so GLAD.

It's like Huckleberry Finn meets Laura Ingalls Wilder with Native American culture and folklore thrown in.

Written from the perspective of a little boy (similar to Huck Finn) who's orphaned when his parents die, he's adopted by his grandparents. You learn the Cherokee way of looking at the land, the environment and nature. The intersting thing, is that most novels of this sort take place during the "Wild West" migration period, but this
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Frank
I really enjoyed this book! The Education of Little Tree is the story of a young orphaned 5-year old boy called Little Tree, who is taken in by his half-Cherokee Granpa and Cherokee Granma. The story takes place during the Great Depression in the mountains of Tennessee. Little Tree learns how to survive in the mountains and how to respect nature. He also learns the ways of the whites, especially the politicians and tax collectors who are trying to put Granpa out of his whiskey business. The book ...more
Barb Graf
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first heard of this book on an Oprah show probably in the mid 1990's; she said such high praise of it. (I understand later she "took it off" her book shelf due to the controversy around the author's racism). I am not in any way supportive of racism; but this book appears to be something very good that the author did and that Oprah had recognized. That is why I first read it and I have passed it on to many people cause I liked it so much. It did seem to start a bit slow for me the first time I ...more
Jeanette
This is a children's tale (he is the narrator) of the years he spends with his Grandpa and Grandma after his parents have passed. It is sweet, heart-warming and details his Cherokee education of nature and lifestyle. The hounds they own are also full characters and their immersion into events delightful, IMHO.

There are aspects that support stereotype to the max, and yet it is a good read. I enjoyed it. Regardless of the hype and history re the author or his agenda, or its being structured into a
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Jennifer Hughes
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nostrano
I don't know how this has slipped under my radar for so long. Little Tree has captured my heart. This was a beautiful and poignant memoir of a Cherokee boy raised by his grandparents in the Depression. The narrator's voice as a young child was so sweet and completely believable and captivating.

I feel like saying too much would be inappropriate for a book like this, since as Little Tree says, "Granpa said if there was less words, there wouldn't be as much trouble in the world."

On L.T.'s 6th birt
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David Hilton
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a beautiful little book that follows the story of 5 year old orphan Little Tree who is taken in, loved deeply, and guided thoughtfully by his grandparents in the Cherokee tradition during the Great Depression. It is a nice contrast to Sherman Alexie's "Diary of a Part Time Indian," as it show Native Americans in wholly different setting but with some of the same values.

Carter's writing is elegant in its simplicity. Little Tree's narration is believable and compelling. Each chapter is its
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Kim
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim by: paperback swap/cynthia fisher adams
Shelves: true-stories
received in the mail today and is a good book. I have also seen the movie to this book
Kaan
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Education of Little Tree is one of those books that captivates its readers with affectionate characters and sophisticated life lessons.



Fun fact: this was not the kind of book I stumbled upon while I was browsing the options at my local bookstore. It was actually recommended by my Turkish teacher at the academy, who wanted us to read three novels for the next book exam. (The other two being Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Little Black Fish, which are also wonderful books in their own righ
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Christina
Forrest Carter weaves a story of his young childhood being raised by his Cherokee Grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains during the 1930’s depression era. Carter moves the reader in the spiritual elements of how Little Tree is taught to live with Mother Earth and see the signs that she is rebirthing, he also learns how to plant by the signs of the moon, and listen to the birds call. He also is able to speak to trees and observe Mother Nature’s cycles and all life that she holds. Little Tree a ...more
Glen
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The affected speech pattern of the narrator made the first 100 pages of Little Tree difficult to read. But it picked up by the end and included many touching moments; sometimes profoundly sad, other times hopeful.

I had some doubts about the accuracy of the botanical details and even doubted whether it was autobiographical, suspecting it was a collection of folklore. But I never suspected the truth about this book or its author.

The Education of Little Tree presents itself as the autobiography of
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Molly
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-and-teen
I remember my mother mentioning to me how good this book was said to be when I was a kid in Chattanooga, and then a few years later, how she mentioned the book was written by a former KKK member and was a lie. I also didn't remember this book ever coming up in discussions in creative writing classes about falsehoods and plagiarism and the like, nor do I remember it being mentioned in my American Indian classes.

I held off on reading this book, mostly because I wasn't sure what this knowledge woul
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Matthew Moes
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Having just finished reading this beautiful story I discovered the controversy surrounding it and its author, only serving to deepen my appreciation for its significance. I found the story beautiful and spiritually moving, making note of several passages that I would like to refer back to from time to time. It is a beautiful story written on the theme of simplicity and natural living. Although it is introduced as an autobiographical account, posterity has unveiled its fictional origins. To me, t ...more
J.
Feb 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book presents a very modern ethical challenge: How do we evaluate art apart from the artist?

This book seems like an authentic tale of a Cherokee orphan raised by grandparents. Yet, it is not authentic. It was written by a racist. And news articles are rife with charges of stereotyping, insidious racial objectives, and the like. St. Oprah flung it from her shelf.

This is the 3rd time I've read this book. I knew about the author going in this time. And with all of this known, I read it aloud
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Asa Earl "Forrest" Carter was an American political speechwriter and author. He was most notable for publishing novels and a best-selling, award-winning memoir under the name Forrest Carter, an identity as a Native American Cherokee. In 1976, following the publication success of his western The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales, The New York Times revealed Forrest Carter to be Southerner Asa Earl Carter. ...more
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