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on March 27, 2012 :
Hopping Bird’s New Name is a short story (seven pages) that tells the adventure of a young Sioux boy who is determined to become a great hunter and get a better name. He is greatly disappointed when the day has been dedicated to finding plants for healing – he wants to practice hunting!
This tale shows the determination of every 10 year old boy to be considered older. He is growing up and wants to be seen as something other than a little boy. How does his determination complicate the day – for himself and his tribe? That’s the adventure!
I enjoyed this story. It is short enough for the busy child, but still teaches the dangers of not heeding parents’ warnings. However, bravery and quick thinking are also rewarded. I was amused by the ending – I certainly didn’t see it coming. Dakota Douglas is a story teller who leaves you talking with your child about the possibilities as you finish the last sentence. This book is worth the read.
(review of free book)