A Boy Called Slow

by Joseph Bruchac

Hardcover, 1995



Call number

921 Sit

Call number

921 Sit

Local notes

921 SIT




Philomel (1995), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages


The True Story of Sitting Bull from multi-award-winning author Joseph Bruchac. Anxious to be given a name as strong and brave as that of his father, a proud Lakota Sioux grows into manhood, acting with careful deliberation, determination, and bravery, which eventually earned him his proud new name: Sitting Bull. An ALA Notable Book "Being named Slow and growing up in the shadow of a great warrior hardly dwarfed the prospects of this protagonist: he grew up to be Sitting Bull. Bruchac's sensitively told story of Sitting Bull's coming-of-age reassures young boys that success comes through effort, not birth." --Booklist


Physical description

32 p.; 8.82 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member yd782615
This story was about the childhood of one of our most famous indian warroirs. This was the story of Sitting Bull. As a child he was a late developer and was given the name Slow. Working hard to please his family he became a strong leader and great warrior at a young age. His determination was like
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no other and his strive for greatness was amazing.
I liked this book, even though this book was for Historial Fiction, but it can also be multicutural because it tells a story about the Native Indian and how they get their names.
I think that to bring this in the classroom would be really good to teach children about different cultures and how they lived.
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LibraryThing member LyndsayE82
Loved this book. It is a great biography on an Indian Warrior and how he got his name.
LibraryThing member haygirl7
This book is the story of a Lakota Indian boy named Slow whom was raised on the great American plains. It was hard for him to grow up in his village being named Slow and living in the shadow of a great warrior, his father. As Slow grew older he begins to develop special skills like his
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father. When Slow is 14 years old he is ready to ride into battle alongside his father. After the battle Slow is rewarded for his bravery and given the name Sitting Bull.
Personal Reaction:
This book is a great reflection of the Lakota Indian culture. I greatly enjoyed reading the story and looking over the outstanding illustrations.
Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. After reading this book to my class we would have a disscussion over Native American culture. The class and I would then look further into the factual story of Sitting Bull.

2. I would go over a unit of Native American culture in my class. This book would be part of my lesson plan. I would have the class draw some of the illustrations from the book and also go over some of the Lokata vocabulary used throughout the story.
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LibraryThing member kmacphee
ESL classroom use: sentence structure, grammar
LibraryThing member jthuro1
A Boy Called Slow, the story of how the legendary Lakota Suix warrior Sitting Bull got his name, is a wonderful example of what a multicultural book should be. Rich in cultural references and cross cultural themes, this book questions what role a name played in Lakota Suix culture, and the age old
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dichotomy of nature versus nurture. This book explores the question: What is in a name? This story also explores the concept of taking ones life and fate into one's own hands, and realizing your own potential. For a relatively short book, a rather in depth look at Lakota Suix norms and values is presented, and the reader is given the opportunity to learn several Lakota Suix words and phrases. Anyone can relate to having to move beyond their past and take on responsibilities, as well as having to prove their worth to themselves and the society that they live in.
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LibraryThing member HannahRevard
A young Lakota Sioux boy is given the name of "Slow". When he sees how strong and powerful the names of the adult men in his tribe are, he decided to do something brave that will earn him a better name. At the end of the story, we find out the little boy is actually Sitting Bull, a famous Lakota
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warrior. This would be a good book to share when teaching about Native American tribes. It can give the students some background information on were many Native Americas got their unique names.
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LibraryThing member Adrian.Gaytan
Story of a native American boy named "Slow". Story shows how the youth and adult get their names. Coming of age and brave act to achieve higher status with tribe. It is a book that is wonderful to share and has the great surprise at end of story, when readers find out that boy becomes Sitting Bull.
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Good book to discuss Native Americans, but rights of passage, traditions, culture, age. The artwork in book is really good.
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LibraryThing member lummigirl
This is the story of Sitting Bull, a Hunkpapa Lakota leader and a famous historical figure. As a boy (named Jumping Badger at birth) he was nicknamed called "Slow" because of his unhurried nature. In this retelling, "Slow" longs for a name that exemplifies strength and bravery in order to be more
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like his father whom he admires. This is (relatively) historically accurate and a great introduction to an important historical figure. Sitting Bull is famous for standing up to the United States in its attempt to take away Indian land, separate families and destroy Native culture. Great book for students six - high school. Because this book was written by a Native American it has additional credit to its Trade Book/Informational Book classification.
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