September 06, 2019

#BookReview: A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero by Gina Capaldi

Synopsis: This story reveals the remarkable life of a Native American boy named Wassaja, or "Beckoning," who was kidnapped from his Yavapai tribe and sold as a slave. 

Adopted by an Italian photographer in 1871 and renamed Carlos Montezuma, the young boy traveled throughout the Old West, bearing witness to the prejudice against and poor treatment of Native Americans. 

Carlos eventually became a doctor and leader for his people, calling out for their rights. Gina Capaldi's exquisite paintings bring to life excerpts from Dr. Carlos Montezuma's own letters describing his childhood experiences. 

The culminating portrait provides an inventive look back into history through the eyes of a Native American hero. 
About the Author:  As a freelance artist, Gina Capaldi has both written and illustrated books that range from nonfiction, educational, and picture books. Her favorite published works are her historical nonfiction, such as A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero. One of Gina's earlier books on American Indians has been recommended for elementary school social studies curriculum in the Virginia School systems. Gina Capaldi attended Malibu's Pepperdine University; Art Center & College of Design in Pasadena, California; and Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This was a cute little title with a very interesting cover.  I think it was kind of muted and it will be hard for kids to really want to read this one.  I know with me if I would have seen this on the shelf it wouldn't have been one that I really wanted to grab.  I think it would work great for a school setting though.  I think this title was very easy to read. It had a ton of illustrations which helped tell the story and I again I think this could be great in a school setting as it could start a conversation in class.  

I think it was very interesting that each page had a date on it.  So that way if you wanted to learn more about that time you knew what you were looking for.  Another really cool thing about this one are the real photos on the side pages.  With information about the picture before it.  

The ending of this title gives us even more information as well as a list of other titles to check out for further reading.

Overall, I think this is one for the school system. I could see a child asking to read something like this if they were talking about this subject in class.  But I couldn't see someone just deciding to read it from the bookstore. 

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