The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle

The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle

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By: Gay Matthaei and Jewel Grutman / Illustrated by: Adam Cvijanovic

A Sioux boy remembers the ways of his people.

A visually stunning fictional account of a young nineteenth-century Sioux warrior's quest for knowledge that takes him from the plains of his childhood to a far-off boarding school where he learns the ways of the white world--and the value of his own traditions.

A hand-calligraphed tribute to the narrative pictographs recorded by Plains artists in the ruled ledgerbooks they acquired in trade, the weaving of Cvijanovic's richly detailed original illustrations in the "ledger" style into a simply written story inspired by actual events holds appeal for young readers and those who wish to learn more about Native American art and history.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Gay Matthaei & Jewel Grutman, authors

Gay Matthaei is an interior designer who has specialized in historic restorations and art consultation. She is also a professional photographer. Mrs. Matthaei lives in New York City.

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Jewel Grutman is an attorney and a photojournalist. She and her husband maintain an office in New York City but try cases all over the United States. They make their home in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Adam Cvijanovic, illustrator

Adam Cvijanovic's works have been widely exhibited and are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He lives and works in New York City.

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Awards & Honors:


  • The Christopher Award
  • International Reading Association Award



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ISBN: 978-1-56566-063-2

Ages: 8+
Page count: 72
11 5/8 x 7 1/4

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