The Top 100 Inspirational Books: 80 - 61
page 62 - The Education of Little Tree
This memoir style tale of a young boy being raised by his Cherokee grandparents was first given to me by my grandfather at age 10. Having been raised by my grandparents, I was immediately engaged with the story. This beautifully crafted tale is a great read for all ages. It's a guidebook for how to be a good person, son and parent. The book is rich with Native American culture but speaks loudly on how we should value tradition, simple living and work toward the common good. The pace of the book echos the pace of life itself. We start with wonderment, detail, excitement but, in the end, we all end the same place.
When my own grandfather died, I read The Education of Little Tree again. Just like the pacing of the book, his life came to an abrupt but peaceful end but I'm left with all he taught me. When he became ill, I became his Little Tree and absorbed every ounce of wisdom from him I could. It's a book I read often, and like Little Tree, I always learn something new about life. It's a rare kind of book that can educate, entertain and inspire.
~ Ash Greyson
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