Gift Horse by S. D. Nelson
A Lakota Story

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Relates the story of a Lakota youth whose father gives him a horse in preparation for his making the transition from boyhood into manhood and becoming a Lakota Warrior.

About S. D. Nelson

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S. D. NELSON has illustrated two award-winning books for Lee & LowCrazy Horse's Vision and Jim Thorpe's Bright Path. He is also the author and illustrator of two stories inspired by the traditions of his Lakota heritage. Nelson's lifelong interest in Ira Hayes inspired him to tell the story of this American hero for children. A full-time author and illustrator, Nelson lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Published November 1, 1999 by Harry N. Abrams. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nelson explains every act within its spiritual context, which tends to slow the story, but the acts are so plainly good—thanking the buffalo for his gift, living in harmony with the earth and its creatures, etc.—that they are worthy of inclusion.

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He also grows increasingly attached to his horse, Storm, a gift from his father, and it is his partnership with Storm that ultimately helps Flying Cloud achieve warrior status.

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Flying Cloud receives a wonderful gift from his father --- a horse he names Storm.

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