HIGHER THAN THE ARROW by Judy Van der Veer


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Self-conscious Francie, Reservation Indian and best artist in the class, is a little put out when blond, white Lucy arrives with rival talent. At first they are friendly but after their teacher inadvertently hurts Francie's pride by suggesting that Lucy's know-how would improve her project (a statue of St. Francis holding a coyote), Francie purposely misleads Lucy during a snowstorm. She confesses to the priest, apologizes to a shocked Lucy (who asks ""Is that the way Indians really are?""), but their rift is not healed until they are both caught up with a sick coyote. Francie is a sentimental sort, with wistful feelings about nature, uncertain ideas about Indians, and an understandable compulsion to make her statue perfect. But it's not brisk and the moralistic implications are maximized.

Pub Date: April 14th, 1969
Publisher: Golden Gate