Crazy Horse is among the best known Native American heroes. Yet many people do not know his boyhood name was Curly, inspired by his curly hair.
Curly was a leader even as a young boy, taming wild horses and hunting powerful buffalo. But all his bravery could not prepare him for the trouble he and the other Lakota Indians would face with the white settlers. Wanting to help his people after a fierce battle that mortally wounded Chief Conquering Bear, Curly defied traditional custom and risked his own life by running away, up to the hills, to seek a vision.
Renowned Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac tells a gripping and compelling story of how the dedicated young boy, Curly, grows into the brave warrior Crazy Horse. Sioux artist S.D. Nelson, with paintings inspired by the ledger book style of the Plains Indians, evokes the drama and tragedy of an important figure in American history.
About the Author
Joseph Bruchac is an Abenaki Indian. He is among the most respected and widely published Native American authors, with over 100 titles in print, including the popular Keepers of the Earth series and Lee & Low's Crazy Horse's Vision, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. His YA novel, Wolf Mark, is a Westchester Young Adult Fiction Award winner. A Rockefeller Fellow and an NEA Poetry Writing Fellow, he was the 1999 recipient of the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to writing, Bruchac is an editor at Greenfield Review Press, a literary publishing house he co-founded with his wife. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book as it was well-written and also very coloful. I also found this book kind of sad and poignant as Crazy Horse was a boy living through a difficult time, when the Lakotas were being decimated by the Wasichu European-Americans. I would use this story in either a public library program or a school curriculum to tell about the early years of Crazy Horse and why he did what he did.
In this biography, the early life of the Lakota leader, Crazy Horse, is presented in both words and illustrations and the intended audience is children. The development of Crazy Horse's personality and personal characteristics of bravery, empathy, concern for his people, generosity, and quiet thoughtfulness are important aspects of Crazy Horse as a leader and are the focus of this book. This picture book communicates very important messages for children. It does not focus on the military triumphs of Crazy Horse, but rather presents his character development to children. The message is that Crazy Horse was great, first and foremost, because of his character. This character includes: putting the needs of others first, service, generosity, bravery, courage, seriousness, thoughtfulness, listening, providing for the poor, and wisdom. This story portrays the Lakota as people who desired peace, but people who would do what was needed to defend their lifestyle. The illustrations by S. D. Nelson greatly add to this story. Through these, the reader is exposed to the culture of the Lakota including their ledger book style drawing, the colors and symbols they believed in, the natural environment they lived around, the animals that surrounded them, their clothing, their homes, and their daily life. The illustrations are done in acrylics painted on wooden panels and this creates beautiful colors, moving moments, and colorful landscapes. The style of illustration is a combination of the Lakota ledger style and modern styles and each two page spread places the focus of style in a slightly different place, generating variety and interest while maintaining some connection though out the book.
5 STARS I recieved Crazy Horse's Vision in the mail today. I decided to quit what I was doing and read the book. The cover was drawing me in. I love the illustrations by S.D. Nelson. But was confused why the indians were different colors and the faces were different. In the back of the book S.D. Nelson explained his paintings and why the different colors and It brought a whole new point of the story. The book is a short so you could read it than read what the author and artist share about the book. Then reread the book and have a fuller story. All I really new about Crazy Horse was that he was a Indian leader when Custer died. This book shows a little bit more of Crazy Horse and how he got his name. It is too bad that people's words and treaties were easy to be broken. I would love to keep this book but I think many others would like it too. I won this book from Lee & Low Books.