A Cherokee boyhood of the 1930s remembered in generous, loving detail, from the author of the very dissimilar Josey Wales novels. Orphaned at five, Little Tree went to live with his grandparents in the mountains of Tennessee; he spent several years with them, seeing others only infrequently. From his grandmother he learned the habit of reading and acquired a feeling for words; from his grandfather, a resolute whiskey-maker, he acquired a reverence for the land and living things that lingers even in this narrative. Special events puncutate his story--a puzzling rebuff in town, being slickered out of 50Â¢, the gift of a yellow coat--and for a short time he is shuttled off to an intolerable orphanage by officious government people. The times spent with his grandparents form the core of an unbelievably rich young life. A felicitous remembrance of a unique education.