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Author: S. D. Nelson

This handsomely designed, large-format book tells the story of Black Elk (1863–1950), a Lakota man who saw many changes come to his people.

In this first-person, present-tense account, Black Elk says that as a nine-year-old boy, he is blessed with a Great Vision. At 12, he fights in the Battle of Little Bighorn. After traveling in Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show and, later, experiencing the massacre at Wounded Knee, he retreats to a reservation, where he holds his vision in his heart and offers it to others.

Often quoting from Black Elk Speaks (1932), Nelson makes vivid the painful ways life changed for the Lakota in the 1800s, and throughout he questions how Black Elk’s vision, which explains that humans must realize they are living in a circle of supportive life, juxtaposes against harsh reality. It is a question readers will ponder as well.

Colorful, imaginative artwork, created using pencils and acrylic paints, is interspersed with nineteenth-century photos, underscoring that this dramatic account reflects the experiences of a man who witnessed history. A helpful, attractive map on the endpapers frames this unusual presentation. --Booklist

Product Details
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0810983990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810983991
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
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