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An action-packed coming-of-age story, Gift Horse is a wonderfully evocative introduction to 19th-century Native American life on the Great Plains. When his father gives him a gift horse, marking the beginning of his journey to manhood, Flying Cloud and the horse, Storm, spend their days hunting and roughhousing with the other boys and their horses. But when an enemy raidinAn action-packed coming-of-age story, Gift Horse is a wonderfully evocative introduction to 19th-century Native American life on the Great Plains. When his father gives him a gift horse, marking the beginning of his journey to manhood, Flying Cloud and the horse, Storm, spend their days hunting and roughhousing with the other boys and their horses. But when an enemy raiding party steals his beloved Storm, Flying Cloud faces the ultimate rite of passage. He must join the rescue party and earn the right to wear the shirt of a warrior. Bold, colorful artwork inspired by the style of the early Plains Indians illustrates the day-to-day life of the Lakota and tells the story of a boy accepting the challenges of manhood. An author's note gives a brief history of the Lakota and explains the traditions discussed in the story....

Title : Gift Horse: A Lakota Story
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ISBN : 9780810941274
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Gift Horse: A Lakota Story Reviews

  • Miguel Torres barrios
    2018-11-04 04:32

    It's a beautiful book, but the kids I have read it too soon forget and sooner loose interest in it. I think it's marketed more to adults who might like Native American-esque drawings and pictures exotic, but the story lacks inspiration, drama, or comedy, something that it's sorely needed in kids' books, not just something they will quickly forget.

  • Carmen Grace
    2018-10-17 22:47

    When I was paging through this book I was immediately captivated by the illustrations. The illustrations are vivid, engaging, and tell a story. Then when I read the book, I was captivated by it's beautiful language. I had never read this book before but I have throughly enjoyed it. I will be reading this in my future classrooms because it shows many characteristics including courage.

  • Mel Ann
    2018-10-22 04:00

    A story of a strong young Lakota learning anf embracing his culture. The illustrations are truely magnificent.

  • Sherri Anderson
    2018-10-23 01:36

    This book tells the coming-of-age story of a young Lakota boy who is given a horse to begin his transition from a child to a courageous and skilled Lakota Warrior. The book is illustrated with bold, colorful figures that are “inspired by the style of the early Plains Indians”.The main characters are Flying Cloud, our Lakota hero, and Storm, his faithful horse and best friend. Flying Cloud and Storm are interconnected throughout the story and face challenges together. When Flying Cloud is careless while hunting deer and gets lost in a blizzard, Storm guides him back home to safety. With Flying Cloud on his back, Storm charges into a stampeding herd of buffalo so Flying Cloud can shoot and kill his first buffalo. During the buffalo hunt, Storm and Flying Cloud rescue a helpless hunter from a buffalo attack. When Storm and other horses are stolen by Crow horse thieves, Flying Cloud knows he must prove his own loyalty and rescue his beloved friend. Flying Cloud prays to Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit who is in all things, to return Storm safely. After a daring rescue during a violent thunderstorm, Flying Cloud and Storm are reunited. Upon their return home, Flying Cloud is given the shirt of a Lakota Warrior, with an image of Storm displayed proudly on the chest.This story is told from a first person perspective in the style of oral history/storytelling. We know that the storyteller is a grown, possibly old man, because the opening line of the book is “The thing I remember most from my early days is a horse…a Gift Horse”.The themes of the story are coming-of-age and loyalty. The story has spiritual elements throughout; Flying Cloud prays to Wakan Tanka, Father Sun, Sister Moon, and the Star People. He is guided through a cleansing rite of passage in the sweat lodge with his father, the men of the tribe, and the tribe’s medicine man, Old Yellow Bear. To prepare him further for becoming a man, Flying Cloud goes “on a journey of the spirit – a Vision Quest”. This book is appropriate for children between the ages of 8 and 12. Many character-building themes are represented in this story: loyalty, friendship, responsibility, pride, and respect, to name a few. Reader’s Theater would be an excellent platform for students to practice oral language development in the storytelling format.

  • Heather B.
    2018-11-08 23:38

    Fly Cloud is gifted a horse by his father to help Fly Cloud progress him into a man and a Lakota warrior. Fly Cloud went through the steps and traditions on becoming a man with his horse, Storm, at his side. Fly Cloud did become a man and warrior; also he and Storm had many years of adventure and happiness. I recommend for early elementary children Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Published 1999.

  • Rosie LaJenky
    2018-11-11 05:58

    This is a simple picture book, but for some reason I really, really enjoyed reading it, have even considered buying a copy for myself. The bright illustrations and Native American culture were fascinating, especially since I've been digging deep into the topic lately.

  • Jane
    2018-10-22 04:33

    The illustrations are stunning, but the narrative is rather age specific -- meant to connect with a specific age demographic narratively, if that makes sense.

  • Amy
    2018-11-13 04:57

    This books has great pictures and is really engaging for students.

  • Awjtf
    2018-11-15 06:53

    great native American j fiction!

  • SouthWestZippy
    2018-10-25 04:55

    Wonderful book.

  • Theresa
    2018-10-17 02:52

    Gift Horse: A Lakota Storyhow the big dogs came to the lakota

  • Corinne
    2018-11-03 03:32

    4 stars for the fantastic art but 2 start for the story. It lacked an engaging quality and I quickly resorted to skimming and looking at the pictures.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-30 06:52

    beautiful book!