Monday, November 27, 2017

Spend The Rest of November With These Books...

November is National Native American Heritage Month, and that's an important thing to remember and talk about in the season of turkey-eating, harvest festivals, and Christmas shopping. These are my current two favorite books on the subject.

The first is "In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse" by Joseph Marshall III. We are reading this aloud with my middle son, and while it's great enough for an adult, this is just the right amount of action and complexity for my nearly-nine-year-old to love it. It chronicles a young Lakota boy named Jimmy learning of Tasunke Witko, or Crazy Horse, and in delving into the heroic story he learns more about who he is. That's a pretty great lesson. This is an easy but very moving read. Perfect to end November on or a great gift idea for the coming month, especially for kiddos learning about Native heritage.

The second book is just for adults. Not just adults, but historically-oriented adults.

 "The Apache Wars" by Paul Andrew Hutton reads a little bit like a textbook in the early chapters before things get going, but once they do, it's a detailed and human account of Native tribes and the war for the West. Some of it, of course, is bloody and heartbreaking, though mostly told in a matter-of-fact voice, so this is solely adult territory for reading. But the attention paid to every event makes this perfect for anyone fascinated by the history of our country. I learned things never talked about in any college history course, and the old photography pages are a great touch. This is a well-written, wonderfully put-together book. 

*I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review*

Enjoy the rest of Autumn,  because Winter and twinkling lights and biting cold are fast approaching- even for us in Texas.

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