Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cheyenne Again

Written by: Eve Bunting

First line: One day he comes, The Man Who Counts, and says: “A boy, aged ten. He has to go!”

Why you should read this book: Poetic and heartbreaking, this work for children recounts the traumatic historical journey of a Native American child in the nineteenth century, stolen from his home and family, taken to a boarding school where the curriculum is intended to systematically erase his culture. Even at age ten, however, the boy recalls his own history and knows the difference between his own dreams and the white man’s charted course for his destiny. The boy’s memories cannot be erased, despite the pain, isolation, and punishment through which he suffers.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You dream of a nice, white-washed, assimilated future.

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