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 My Opinion
This is a hard-cover book that tells Red Hawk’s account of the Battle of Little Bighorn. The foreword in this book is told by Joe Medicine Crow when he was 98-years-old. He was the former Crow tribal historian whose grandfather was one of Custer’s own scouts. Paul Goble is an award-winning author and illustrator of over 40 children’s books. Paul Goble and Joe Medicine Crow knew each other for a long time but his retelling of the battle is also based on Indian sources. He wrote this book to tell the story from the Indian’s perspective. History books and most other books make Custer out to be a hero instead of telling the entire story from both sides. Custer had received numerous warnings from his officers that the camp was too strong to attack without reinforcements but he wouldn’t listen. He was afraid the Indians would elude him so he commanded the attack that would prove to be his last. The book is very descriptive and I could see events unfolding in my mind. You could hear “the horses and men crying out in pain”. The story didn’t seem to miss anything from the soldiers holding their flag up and refusing to let it touch the ground and as one was killed another would grab the flag and hold it up until the very last one was killed. You could feel Red Hawks frustrations and sadness as he saw his dead uncles body and and his childhood friend die in the battle. Though this was fictionalized with the story being told from a made up character, Red Hawk, but it was very accurate and very descriptive. My 6-year-old son sat by me as I read it from beginning to end glued to the story and every word I read. He is my little soldier man so I knew this would capture his attention and boy did it. It was a bit to descriptive to me and I wish I would have read it myself first so I could have left out a couple parts when reading it to my son but that could just be the over-protective parent in me. The story talks of “he had a hole through his chest with blood spurting from it” and “bullet through his head. It was terrible to look at.” We then pulled up some Youtube video’s of the reenactment and he wanted to watch more and more but I finally had to put him to bed. Here is one of the reenactments. They put on these reenactments every year just south of Crow agency, Montana the third week of June.
The pictures and colors in this book are really amazing! It’s not supposed to look life-like but the characters are detailed and colorful. Paul Goble is an amazing illustrator and story teller. As a homeschooling mom I have to say this is a “must have” book in your library. I think books like this that make History come to life are essential. This book was published by Wisdom Tales and can be purchased on their website. You can also follow Wisdom Tales on Facebook and Pinterest. I just finished another book we really enjoyed from Wisdom Tales and you can read that review here about the book named Angels.
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