Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Crazy Horse’s Vision

Hi  Friends! 

I  have a Perfect Picture Book Friday but no gifts this week. My computer got sick and it was only yesterday that I got it back from the doctors.

Only  kidding. Yes my computer was at the doctors but I have a file on favorite web sites with two left. Here they are. Enjoy! 🙂  

I laughed at this one : As some of us writers know if we’ve published our first book it CAN be like running for class president.

This one I just can’t delete from my tabs without sharing. I want to be a read aloud black belt NINJA and this post says how:  . It’s perfect to stay the course of me reading aloud to kindergarten kids from “Annie’s Special Day.” When you first start to read this post you are drawn in by the humor but as you continue you realize there is a whole lot to that read aloud NINJA stuff and you keep reading. It’s just brilliant! 🙂 

Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Crazy Horse’s Vision

1_Crazy Horse's visionTitle: Crazy Horse’s Vision

Author/ Illustrator: Joseph Bruchac and S.D.Nelson

Published by: Lee & Low Books Inc. Nonfiction, biography, 2000 and 2005

Appropriate for ages : seven to eleven

Awards: The Parents Choice Gold Award

STANDING UP FOR ONESELF, Selflessness, Bravery/Courage, Leadership, Native American History  

First Three lines: Crazy Horse, they say, was always different. Many children cry when they are born, but not Crazy Horse. He studied the world with serious eyes.

Resources: For a classroom guide look here.

From the Jacket:Crazy Horse is among the best-known Native American Heroes. Yet many people do not know his boyhood name was Curly, a name inspired by his head of curly hair. Even as a young boy, Curly was a leader, taming wild horses and hunting powerful buffalo. But his bravery did not prepare  him for the trouble the Lakota Indians would face from the white settlers.After a fierce battle that mortally wounded Chief Conquering Bear, Curly felt compelled to help his people. He defied traditional custom and ran away, up to the hills , to seek a vision to guide him. What Curly experienced changed  him forever. renowned Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac recounts the gripping story of the remarkable young boy, Curly, and his transformation into the brave warrior,  Crazy Horse. Sioux artist S.D. Nelson, painted in the traditional ledger book style of the Plains Indians, brings to life the dedication and humanity of this important figure in American History.

Why I love it: The art done in pencil , pens and watercolor with indistinct facial features is gripping. Crazy Horse is done in blue in all the illustrations. There is back matter on the illustrations and an authors note. I found these to be most compelling and a good reservoir for the books material. The story itself is very dramatic and bold. Told in clear and imaginative ways.

This is what Erik, the kid who reviews books says every Friday ,

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people.

Have  a GREAT weekend Everyone!


Alleged photo of Crazy Horse of the Black Hill...

Alleged photo of Crazy Horse of the Black Hills Oglala Sioux. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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22 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Crazy Horse’s Vision

  1. LOVE the way the eagle and the horse are layered on each other on the cover. This looks very interesting!


  2. Would absolutely love this book! I love stories about Native Americans — it is so much a part of our history. And, Crazy Horse was such a well-known Sioux. This sound kid-friendly. I like the non-fictions you’ve been sharing. The artwork sounds impressive. Great choice.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Patricia.

      I love everything Native American as well and this children’s book is every bit as good as the adult books on Crazy Horse only it takes a small part of him and expands on it. 🙂


  3. Rosi says:

    What a fantastic opening for this book. I will have to check this one out. Thanks for telling us about it.


  4. Joanna says:

    Super addition to Native American stories, Clar!


  5. Catherine Johnson says:

    Sounds fascinating, Clar, thanks for sharing!


  6. Seems to be a recurring theme this week. Sounds like a great book.
    Glad to hear your computer is back from the doctors. 🙂


    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, there are other books on the American Indians as well as this one on the weeks agenda. We know a good thing when we see it. lol.

      Thanks, Tracy. 🙂


  7. That cover is really something! Wow! I think that I would like to find out more about Crazy Horse. thanks for sharing.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Reading.

      He is a famous American Indian. In the back matter there is more information on him as well as many adult books written about him. He was a survivor. 🙂


  8. Darlene says:

    I too love stories about the First Nations people of North America.Their history is so rich. What a wonderful book for middle readers.


  9. I have heard about Crazy Horse, and I find Native American stories very fascinating. Thanks for sharing Clar.


  10. I never heard of Crazy Horse. Thanks for teaching me about him!


    • clarbojahn says:

      OH Erik, this is just the spit in the ocean about American Indians. I hope your interest grows from this to include more books about about them so that you learn all about them. They have much to teach us. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and visiting. 🙂


  11. I love any books that share the history of the American Indians…perhaps if we studied their ways more carefully, especially as regards conservation and preserving natural resources, our world would be less environmentally threatened. 🙂 Thanks so much, Clar, for sharing this great review…and also for the two links…reading aloud is a topic I am passionate about. 🙂


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Vivian.

      I thought of you when I posted the link to read aloud Dad. so glad you found him. His posts are all super. 🙂

      I agree that the American Indian has much to teach us. I wish we would finally stop and listen. 🙂


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