The Education of Little Tree tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression.
”Little Tree" as his grandparents call him, is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course.
Little Tree also learns the often-callous ways of white businessmen and tax collectors, and how Granpa, in hilarious vignettes, scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy. Granma teaches Little Tree the joys of reading and education. But when Little Tree is taken away by whites for schooling, we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them and of Little Tree's perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way.
A classic of its era, and an enduring audiobook for all ages.
©2008 India Carter, LLC © 1976 by Forrest Carter; Copyright renewed 2004 (P)2014 David N. Wilson
Narrator was perfect. Made me feel that the story was narrated by a naïve young boy. Really personalized the story.
Drew me into this poignant story. Could not stop listening.
Accent was done extremely well. Made me believe that he identified with this very young orphaned Native American.
I cried for at least 15 minutes. Was a very good story that drew me right in, and because I felt connected to each of the major character, I personally felt their pain.
This story reminded me of the way I felt after watching "Ol' Yeller". I enjoyed the entire story, laughing out loud at times, but crying at the end when reality intrudes.
Even if you have read this classic piece of Americana (whether or not you know its checkered past) you need to hear Johnny Heller read it to you. It is like discovering a lost treasure all over again.
Having read and taught this book numerous times, it was a rare treat to have Johnny Heller read it to me. His fresh, in the moment, subtle style does not disappoint.
Johnny Heller has a knack for getting inside the soul of young characters when he narrates a book. It's amazing really. A voice that on first blush seems better suited for Noir brings vivid detail to YA and Classic Children's Literature.
Talking with Grandma about her special place... I was there with them... just beautiful.
This is a book for all ages and all time. It is a beautifully lyrical sensitive rendering of the native American experience and a young mans powerful and resilient journey. Johnny Heller gave a knock out narration/performance that is honest, jugular and nuanced.
Charming, Heartbreaking, Uplifting..
The vivid descriptions of a simple life in the mountains and the daily life that Little Tree and his grandparents shared was genuinely touching and thought provoking. I loved the humorous episodes about the politicians and the whiskey runnin' business.. I loved the hound dogs.I especially loved Grandma's explanation of the "mind spirit" and "body spirit". I loved all of the moments with Willow John and Little Tree's grandparents. This book is not tragic or angry. It expresses with dignity and grace a culture "torn apart and scattered" that should never be forgotten.
I cannot imagine anyone better to portray this little boy than Johnny Heller. He told the story in a simple straight forward manner which meshed perfectly with the writing. I really felt as though I was living every moment through the eyes of a 5 year old child who was struggling to make sense of a world he was thrust into. I felt the discovery and genuine love and adoration that Little Tree had for his grandparents, the mountains and a way of life that because of it's simplicity and truth gave him a rich and satisfying life.
I listened a second time to several of these chapters because I was so moved by this story.I wish that this were on the reading/listening list in every school in America. There are lessons for ALL to take to heart here!
The narrator of the story colors the story with American Indian accents, which brings life to the characters. Powerfully moving passages about the coming of age of a young person in a rapidly changing world, complete with a removed and misdirected political force which threatens extinction of the very way of life for an entire people, whose culture lives as one with nature and whose religion can be described as spiritually tuned to the frequency of nature. Replete with social, religious, political ideals and challenges of the United States since its inception and even further since white man's first, drastic contrasting contact with the American Native peoples.
A beautiful eloquent story, it's as if Grandpa is re-educating the reader to know The Way.
google this book, it was a hoax written by a KKK member, its not authentic to someone's experience, there are better books out there on this kind of topic written by better sources
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
Oh, yes, a dear wonderful story about unreal Cherokee people raising an orphan! A real tear-jerker and even Oprah was taken in. Aside from untruthfulness, content is way too adult for children. Yes, it's beautifully written and completely unreal! It's liking having a dear friend who was incapable of telling the truth. And you spend the rest of your life wondering just what, if anything, actually was true. I am part Cherokee but haven't the knowledge to evaluate what is true. The author probably had as much Cherokee as I do -- like, the little toes! Read the Wikipedia article! Aside from this, the ending is very sad with too many people dying in the last 20 minutes. And a nine-year-old doesn't head out looking for work! Author Asa Earl Carter used this book for some of his best material about politicians, religion and Appalachia and what other reviewers seem to think is stereotypical Native Americans.
I did, however, fall for narrator Johnny Heller and will watch for his work in the future. His reading is seamless -- he WAS Little Tree!
Yes, I love the wisdom, the tone and the story.
I didn't see that coming. Nasty twist really made me emotional and yanked at my heart.
I loved them all.
I loved it all and them all.
I want more. Please write more..........
'Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.'
I enjoyed this book a lot as an adult, but I really wish I had discovered this jem when I was a child. I liked it now, but I would have loved it then. Narration was fantastic. The story is about a young boy who, orphaned by his parents, was raised by his Cherokee/half-Cherokee grandparents in the mountains at the turn of the century, and how they lived their lives. Highly enjoyable!
"Not for children!"
There are a lot of interesting lessons and points in this book. But there is a lot of cussing and the language used is old English-keep the young ones away.
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