The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle by et al Gay Matthaei

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A visually stunning fictional account of a young nineteenth-century Sioux warrior's quest for knowledge that takes him from the plains of his childhood to a far-off boarding school where he learns the ways of the white world--and the value of his own traditions.

A hand-calligraphed tribute to the narrative pictographs recorded by Plains artists in the ruled ledgerbooks they acquired in trade, the weaving of Cvijanovic's richly detailed original illustrations in the "ledger" style into a simply written story inspired by actual events holds appeal for young readers and those who wish to learn more about Native American art and history.
 

About et al Gay Matthaei

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Gay Matthaei is an interior designer who has specialized in historic restorations and art consultation. She is also a professional photographer. She and her twin sister, Jewel Grutman, have produced an award-winning art film entitled Where Time is a River. Mrs. Matthaei is the mother of three children and lives in New York City.Jewel Grutman is an attorney and a photojournalist. She and her husband maintain an office in New York City but try cases all over the United States. They make their home in Greenwich, Connecticut.Adam Cvijanovic's works have been widely exhibited and are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He lives and works in New York City.
 
Published October 1, 1994 by Charlesbridge. 72 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs.

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The story of Thomas Blue Eagle, a Lakota Sioux who has a pretty wild life--raids, visions, nighttime reprisals--until his father sends him to the Carlisle Indian School to learn the ways of the white settlers moving into the area.

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Even a cursory glance at this handsome debut volume lets readers know that it is no ordinary picture book. The blue cloth jacket, with its rounded corners and stamped border design, artfully suggests

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Opening the book-not vertically but horizontally-reveals sumptuous marbled endpapers that enclose a journal kept by Thomas Blue Eagle, a (fictitious) Sioux lad who learned ``the white man's language and his skills'' at the Carlisle (Penna.) Indian School-an institution, as noted in the book's aft...

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