Crazy Horse's Vision

Joseph Bruchac, Author, Lee & Low, Author, S. D. Nelson, Illustrator
Joseph Bruchac, Author, Lee & Low, Author, S. D. Nelson, Illustrator Lee & Low Books $18.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-880000-94-6
Reviewed on: 04/03/2000
Release date: 04/01/2000
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59112-452-8
Compact Disc - 1 pages - 978-1-59112-912-7
Paperback - 40 pages - 978-1-58430-282-7
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7569-6691-1
Hardcover - 978-1-4178-3280-4
Portable Document Format (PDF) - 978-1-62014-002-4
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As he did in Gift Horse, Sioux artist Nelson blends contemporary and traditional elements for the striking illustrations that accompany this story of the legendary Lakota warrior. Bruchac (A Boy Called Slow: The True Story of Sitting Bull) traces Crazy Horse's boyhood, zeroing in on a pivotal event in his life and highlighting an important Native American rite of passage. As a youth, Crazy Horse (then known as Curly) witnesses U.S. Army soldiers brutally and unjustly attack his people. Troubled, he embarks on a vision quest and sees a figure on horseback riding untouched through a storm of lightning, hail and bullets. His father interprets the vision, telling him that ""the man on that horse is the one you will become"" and that he is destined to defend his people. Bruchac's description of the vision quest is compelling, and his decision to limit his canvas to a few select events demonstrates his understanding of his audience; an afterword describes subsequent events in the warrior's life. Endmatter also illuminates Nelson's approach. The artist explains his approximations of the Plains Indians' traditional ledger-book style (characterized by indistinct facial expressions and flat, two-dimensional figures) and his symbolic use of color (Crazy Horse is painted blue, representative of a connection with the spirit world). His sweeping vistas and somewhat ghostly textured brushwork bolster the book's visionary theme. Ages 6-up. (May)
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