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Publisher Description

The Education of Little Tree has been embedded in controversy since the revelation that the autobiographical story told by Forrest Carter was a complete fabrication. The touching novel, which has entranced readers since it was first published in 1976, has since raised questions, many unanswered, about how this quaint and engaging tale of a young, orphaned boy could have been written by a man whose life was so overtly rooted in hatred. How can this story, now discovered to be fictitious, fill our hearts with so much emotion as we champion Little Tree’s childhood lessons and future successes?

The Education of Little Tree tells with poignant grace the story of a boy who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression. “Little Tree,” as his grandparents call him, is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains and taught to respect nature in the Cherokee Way—taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course. Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of white businessmen, sharecroppers, Christians, and politicians. Each vignette, whether frightening, funny, heartwarming, or sad, teaches our protagonist about life, love, nature, work, friendship, and family. A classic of its era and an enduring book for all ages, The Education of Little Tree continues to share important lessons. Little Tree’s story allows us to reflect on the past and look toward the future. It offers us an opportunity to ask ourselves what we have learned and where it will take us.

Fiction & Literature
August 31
University of New Mexico Press
University of New Mexico Press

Customer Reviews

Bmx dude 13 ,

Little tree

It's a great story, besides the cussing At the orphanage I thought he would not get out. If I were to rate this book on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest I would give a 4 because of cuss words.

kck rox ,

little tree

I thought this was a great book until I found out the history of the writer. Forrest Carter is a pen name for Asa Earl Carter a Ku Klux Klan leader and Segregationalist who wrote for Alabama governor George Wallace. Asa Cater wrote the infamous line "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" Reading this book again its hard to seperate a great message the book gives from the author very racist past

haleybuns12 ,


This book is made where I am from New Mexico, and I am also cherokee. I have watched this movie along time ago and now I want to read the book but is $9.99 and I have to get the sample but thank you iBooks.

Haley Smith

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