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Home to Medicine Mountain

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Two young brothers are separated from their family and sent to live in a government-run Indian residential school in the 1930s--an experience shared by generations of Native American children throughout North America. At these schools, children were forbidden to speak their Indian languages and made to unlearn their Indian ways. Sadly, they were often not able to go home t ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 16th 2002 by Children's Book Press (first published August 1998)
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Based on the real life experiences of the artist's uncle and father (focusing on her father), this tells the story of two boys taken away to residential school far from home.

The title is about the boys' desire to return home (like many children, their families couldn't afford the train ticket for them to come home for the summer), but the bulk of the narrative is about their experience at school.

I think the book does a good job of listing many of the ways in which the children were mistreated wi
Julie Suzanne
This was on my to-read list from back when my students read Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac. This would be acceptable and maybe desirable for 4th graders, who have a unit on Native Americans in their Social Studies curriculum, especially for a unit that combines the topic of NA culture and writing personal narratives.

Santiago tells a story with beautiful illustrations about her father and uncle (at some point in American history) being shipped off to one of those missionary schools for Native Ame
A residential school story with a somewhat happy ending. I say this cautiously because ultimately there was little to be happy about with this period. These schools were agents of cultural genocide. It just so happens that the boys escaped home to their loving families.

Illustrated by the daughter of the protagonist.
Assimilation and culture
Anna Daga
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book reflects historical events in which American population tried to assimilate Native Americans in the social system at the expense of erasing their cultural legacy and expression. It clearly depicts the aspects of inequality in relation to Native American culture that prevailed in American society. "Home to Medicine Mountain" is able to introduce young readers to the concept of inequality and exemplify the “wrongs” of prejudice towards others.

This breathtaking story is based on true eve
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A beautifully illustrated picture book for children about two Northern California Indian boys sent to boarding school in Southern California. I not only love the illustrations, but especially appreciate the way it is written. The story is told simply and in a straight forward manner. It doesn't emphasize how unfair and cruel it was to force Indian children to go to school far away from their families. That is evident to anyone. The other thing I like about this book is that it is about Californi ...more
Loved this story (based on the illustrator's family history) about two boys finding their own way home from Indian boarding school in California. The illustrations are gorgeous, gorgeous. This is a text-heavy book but the pictures are very vivid and my kindergartener and toddler both love the book (I shorten the text for the toddler). Very descriptive and thought-provoking about what was wrong with the boarding schools (e.g. kids have to march in straight lines, are not allowed to speak their ow ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Home to Medicine Mountain is the 1930s based tale of two young brothers who are sent to a government-run Indian residential school — an experience shared by generations of Native American children. At these schools, children are forbidden to speak their native tongue and are taught to abandon their Indian ways. In this multi award-winning book, Native American artist Judith Lowry’s illustrations are inspired by the stories she heard from her father and uncle. The lyrical narrative and compelling ...more
Hyunhee Bae
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was about two brothers who entered a bording school.
This story was based on true story, so it shows me how tuff the bording schoo was for the Native American children. I cannot imaginge how hard young children were aparting from their parents. Their lives were totally different from where they used to live.
Later, the two brother wanted to meet their family, so they escaped the bording school and stole a ride on a train. Finally they met their family,but after summer, they came back to
Mel Kizior
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great often-forgotten history of the many young Indian children who were taken from their homes and send to boarding schools to "Americanize" them very far from home. These brothers escaped one summer by "riding the rails" to make it back home. Beautiful illustrations. This story must be told again and again, so as not to be repeated. Non-Fiction (story of the illustrator's father and his brother).
About two young brothers who are separated from their family and sent to live at a government-run Indian residential school in the 1930's- an experience many young Indian children faced. The little details in this book are one of the many wonderful qualities of this book. Great book to help students understand how to emotionally relate to a story about being yanked from your family and forced to live in a whole new way!
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a new discovery from my school library that I will use with Native American research and to pair when reading When The Legends Die by Hal Borland, and other books about the Native American experience. My review is posted on my blog today, here:
Benny-Len and his cousin Stanley have to go to the Indian Boarding school in the 1930's, where their clothes and shoes are stiff and unfamiliar. When they cannot afford the fare to go home to Medicine Mountain for the summer, they find a way to get home anyway.
Claire Caldwell
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains very unique and beautiful illustrations. The two boys were courageous, determined, and full of hope like so many children want to be, which makes this book appealing. I loved that they loved hearing their Grandmother's stories. It was very sweet. Great book for children.
Picture book based on the true story of two Indian boys sent to boarding school and how they made their way back home on the train
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