The transition from Tonka the cave boy to Tonka the great hunter as it might have happened 8,000 years ago has been...

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TONKA, THE CAVE BOY

The transition from Tonka the cave boy to Tonka the great hunter as it might have happened 8,000 years ago has been reconstructed from the archaeological evidence of the Russell Cave in Alabama. Tonka's days have been routinely filled with making fish hooks, hunting with stone-pointed spears and watching the abundant flocks of passenger pigeons, but when it comes to illuminating cave man psychology Hutchins' imagination fails him. (Can we really believe that Tonka's people never puzzled over or invented explanations for phenomena they could not understand because ""things were of no interest unless they could be eaten or provided clothing or weapons""?) This limited interpretation reduces Tonka to the status of a museum model, so that while he provides an acceptable lesson in prehistoric man for the early grades, his characterization adds nothing of interest to the Russell cave artifacts themselves.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1973

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Publisher: Rand McNally

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1973