Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Wisdome Tales Custer's Last Battle Book Review

I have a really good book for young teens to read about Custer's Last Battle from Wisdom Tales and written by Paul Goble and foreword by Joe Medicine Crow.
On the morning of June 25, 1876, a force of 700 men from the 7th US Cavalry led by General George Armstrong Custer attacked an Indian encampment on the banks of the Little Big Horn River.  Unbeknownst to Custer, he faced the combined might of the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes, led by many great chiefs such as Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.  Advised by his Indian scouts not to attack, the foolhardy general ignored their warnings and trusted to “Custer’s luck.”

In this commemorative edition of his first published book, Goble recounts the tale of Custer’s last battle through the eyes of Red Hawk, a fictional young Lakota warrior. Presented in the shorter format that Goble originally intended, and combined with a new author’s introduction and a foreword by Joe Medicine Crow, the Crow tribal historian whose grandfather was one of Custer’s own scouts, readers will marvel at this tale of honor and bravery.
One of the great things about this book is that it has a lot of really good pictures to go along with the story. 

This book is a good account on what happened that day as told thru the eyes of Red Hawk, who is not a real character, but the actual events are real. I put this book down as something a young teen should read but Wisdom Tales has it down as early as 6 years old.  
I guess if your child is really good at reading and is more advanced than the rest of his class, then they might be okay to read this. There's a lot of words on these pages and I would hate for that to discourage a young child from wanting to read so that is why I say around age 10 would be a good match for this book. I could be wrong but I like to judge on the side of caution. If you are helping your child read this book, then any age would be okay.
I think one of the best qualities of this book is the pictures. They aren't made to look like real people, but like a cartoon character, but a very good character, full of color and action. I loved the colors and that should help capture the imagination of children. 
About the Author:
Paul Goble is an award-winning author and illustrator of over 40 children’s books. His book, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, won the prestigious Caldecott Medal. His most recent books are the award-winning “stories from the tipi” series, which includes The Man Who Dreamed of Elk-Dogs, The Boy and His Mud Horses, and The Woman Who Lived with Wolves.

Paul Goble lives with his wife in Rapid City, South Dakota.
About Wisdom Tales:
Wisdom Tales is the name of the children’s book imprint of the award-winning publishing house, World Wisdom, which was founded in 1980. Wisdom Tales publishes both children’s and teen titles and was created for the purpose of sharing the wisdom, beauty, and values of traditional cultures and peoples from around the world with young readers and their families. The content, illustrations, and production quality of these books is intended to assure them a lasting value for children, parents, teachers, and librarians.  
All of us at Wisdom Tales care deeply about the future of our children and grandchildren and are committed to providing qualitative reading material for children and teens. Publishing children’s books is a serious responsibility and Wisdom Tales strives to produce exceptional books which will spark the imagination, encourage the development of good character, and help facilitate cross-cultural understanding and awareness. Our books reflect our commitment to help others appreciate the beauty and sacred ways of diverse cultures and traditions.
Wisdom Tales has quite a few other books in a range of subject matter for your child to read. If they all are as of good quality as this book is, then you have nothing to fear from your child reading these history making books. I hope that it will spark a desire for them to learn as much as possible about our past.

Happy Reading!

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