? 2000 S.D. Nelson Bruchac, Joseph. Crazy Horse's Vision. Illustrated by S. D. Nelson. Lee & Low, 2000. ISBN 0-880-00094-6. $16.95. 40 pp.” Pre+ PB Reviewed by Vicky M. Turner When the child was born, his mother and father named him Curly. The first name a child receives is not as important as the one he earns, and so Curly spent his early days as many Lakota children did, learning the ways and traditions of his nation. He was quiet and adventuresome, a leader among the boys of his age.”A Lakota boy could go wherever he wanted, and Curly wanted to go everywhere.” They went swimming in the river, rode horses over the plains, and scaled the highest mountains.”Be brave,” he told all his friends. Legend says he killed his first buffalo with a single arrow. One day, a white man's cow was killed in Curly's village, and the man demanded restitution. The soldiers came, and the chief, Conquering Bear, was mortally wounded in the battle. Curly, feeling he needed to help his people, went off on his own to receive a vision. The vision showed him a man on his horse with a red hawk flying above. It showed that he would not die of a bullet or arrow wound, but if he were brave and took nothing for himself, he could help his people. When his father heard about the vision he gave Curly his own name, Tashunka Witco, which, translated, means “Crazy Horse.” The rest of the story is history. An author's note at the end of the book explains where the basis for the story is found and also explains what historians have to say about Crazy Horse's life. The artist is a Lakota Indian who uses the ledger-book style to illustrate the book. The geometrically styled, textured pictures bring a wonderful flavor to the tale. The cover, which pictures man, horse, and bird strung together with a lightning bolt, is especially appealing. The pictures and story work together to give the reader an intimate look into the life of this great Native American leader.
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