Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days, Edited by Michael O. Fitzgerald – Children’s Book Review

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I received a free copy of Children of the Tipi from the publisher for my honest review.

About the Book:

What was it like to grow up in the world of the pre-reservation Plains Indians before the coming of the white man? Prior to our modern era of television, video games, and computers how did American Indian children live, learn, and play? In this beautifully illustrated book, award-winning author, Michael Oren Fitzgerald, combines stunning photographs and simple quotations by Indian chiefs and elders to explain to today’s youth what life would have been like growing up on the American plains.
Children of the Tipi includes sections on boys and girls at play, camp life, and the important role of parents and grandparents. It features historical sepia photographs of children at work and play, as well as detailed color photographs of their toys, tools, and everyday objects.

About the Editor:

Michael Fitzgerald is an award-winning author and editor of books on religions from around the world. Michael’s father, Maurice, was a gifted storyteller and instilled in the young Fitzgerald a deep love of reading, which he carried throughout his life. Based in the picturesque woodlands of southern Indiana, he has written and edited more than a dozen books, and has won more than two dozen prestigious awards including the Foreword Book of the Year Award, theBen Franklin Award and The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards.Michael’s most recent book is a collection of quotes and photographs about the lives of Plains Indian children, titled Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days.

My Opinion:

This book is astoundingly beautiful. The original photographs are paired with quotations and proverbs from Plains Indians. It shows the various tribes at play, at work, at rest, hunting and caring for family. It’s broken down into sections:  Mothers, Fathers, Grandmothers, Nomadic Life, etc., and the photos and quotes tie into the section header perfectly.

Both my husband and myself looked through the book more than once marveling at the photos and contemplating the proverbs and quotations. I could imagine a parent sitting with a child and having a wonderful discussion about the photos and the sayings. One of my favorites:

“When you see a new trail you do not know, follow it to the point of knowing.”
-Uncheedah, Dakota

The photos tell a myriad of stories; some happy, some sad but all worth exploring. Mr. Fitzgerald has done an excellent job of bringing together the photos and the stories in a cohesive way to tell the tales of the Plains Indians and their way of life before it was destroyed.


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Disclosure:  I received a free copy of Children of the Tipi from the publisher for my honest review.  I received no compensation for this post.


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