Monday, May 23, 2011

Tales of Little Bear and Little Buffalo - Roy Naquin

Source:  Review copy from author
Genre:  autobiography, children
Roy Naquin has written a wonderfully cute autobiography of his life growing up in the Louisiana Swamp.  This book contains 4 chapters.  Each chapter is one story from the author's life.  The first chapter gives us a little bit of insight into his life growing up.  It tells the story of how he and his cousin Little Buffalo helped catch a large alligator and earned the gift of a canoe.  The second chapter is the story of Little Bear and Little Buffalo's adventure finding and cutting down the tree for their canoes.  You can almost see the mischievousness in them even though they meant well.  One of the things that cracked me up was the following quote, "I don't think it's a good idea to go around upsetting the adults!"  This was usually said after he had done something for which he knew he would be in trouble if his father found out.  We learn of his love and connections to his grandfather who comes to live with him after the grandmother passes away.  We learn of his experience with ghosts on a ghost island.  This is a really cute book geared for 8-12 year olds.  I would recommend it to my students as well as others.  I do hope this author writes more of his life stories.

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