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Little Eagle: A Navaho Boy
by Armstrong Sperry
From the dustjacket:
In this stirring tale of a Navajo boy and his family there is plenty of action. And there are many interesting details about their daily lives -- tending sheep, weaving blankets, Medicine Men and their magic, and the Night Chant which is one of the biggest of all Navajo ceremonies.
There was great excitement in Little Eagle's family, because his sister, White Shell Girl, was coming home from the Government School. It was three years since he had seen her. Part of the pleasure was spoiled by the fact that his great-uncle, the Ancient One as he was called, hated everything pertaining to the white man and his school.
White Shell Girl had hardly got home before her pinto pony was stolen by a Ute. Little Eagle immediately gave chase, and things began to happen. But all that is part of the thrilling story that Armstrong Sperry tells and has illustrated in his matchless style. Just turn the pages, start the story -- then you will find it very hard to put down the book before the last page has been read.
A few of the illustrations from Little Eagle:
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"Yellow Corn at her loom"
"The Navahos gathered from the most distant parts of the reservation"
"The fire dancers leaped and cavorted. The flames swept toward the dark sky."