Sees Behind Trees

Sees Behind Trees

by Michael Dorris


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No matter how hard he tries, nearsighted Walnut just can't earn his adult name the way other boys do, by hitting a target with a bow and arrow.

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ISBN-13: 9780786813575
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 05/18/1999
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 151,983
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Sees Behind Trees 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SecondhandMoon More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and think it would be great for preteen readers. The story and characters are well-developed with a warm depth, but Michael Dorris achieves this with fairly simple and unadorned writing. The story moves quickly without feeling rushed. There may be a few words that trip younger kids up, but for the most part it is a straightforward text. Don't let its simplicity fool you, though; there are complex lessons to be learned about identity, love, jealousy, and taking care of others. I found nothing objectionable about the book, but parents of younger kids might want to read it just to be able to discuss the lessons of the book with them. Also, some kids might be annoyed that there are some mysteries left unsolved.
junipertree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author is great at making someone who has a handicap or disability not feel so abnormal but a benefit to society. It's amazing to see how a young boy can overcome his handicap and find a way to fit in. This is a great adventure story of a young boy coming of age.
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sees Behind Trees, the story of the boy Walnut, turned man named Sees Behind Trees, is highly suggested for parents who want to teach their children that everyone has limitations, but that those limitations do not have to be the end to your world. This is a boy who grows up with poor eyesight and eventually learns to rely on his other senses in order to make himself into an important part of his society. The text has a few moments where I wished I was the type of person to highlight or underline fictional passages. This is a book that creates lines of thought that you want to kick yourself for not having all of the time. Each character has something to add to the lessons, even in minor ways. Gray Fire teaches Sees that life is for living in the present, that getting tied down by the past is dangerous. Otter teaches him that trying to hold onto someone too tightly makes them even easier to lose. Three Chances teaches him that some things can¿t be told, but that there is always a compromise to make. Perhaps the most poignant quotation I took from the book is part of Gray Fire¿s lesson¿ ¿To not want more, to be so satisfied that you didn¿t want to move, didn¿t want to be surprised at what happened next, didn¿t want to hear a new story, learn a new song, wish a new wish, didn¿t want more¿to me, that was like being a rock or a stick frozen in the ice of a pond: awful.¿ Highly suggested for children (preteens) and parents. For others, the writing might be a bit too transparent, but I felt as though it was done properly given the Native American environment. There are questions that are not answered, seemingly as though Dorris was leaving room for a sequel he would never complete.
mrpascua on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent addition to the collection for its portrayal of dealing with limitations and growing up. The story is set in the pre-colonial past and the main character, Walnut is a visually handicapped Native American boy. He does not see as well as his peers, but learns to compensate for his limitations and even excel in his life. He develops his ability to use his other senses and this earns him the adult name Sees Behind Trees. The story shows Walnut gradually gaining confidence in himself and earning the respect of his tribe when he escorts an elderly wise man on a dangerous journey. The book deals with themes of becoming an adult and maturing from a child to a man. Themes of self-confidence, self-sufficiency and becoming an adult make this a good choice for the middle school collection.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is about a young Native American Indian boy named Walnut who faces many challenges due to his bad vision.This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Nothing ever happens - there is virtually no plot to this story at all. The setting and culture of the Native American Indians is never so much as even mentioned. The author obviously did not feel like researching history, and it certainly shows in this book.Very boring and badly written.
alcrivello on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Walnut is becoming a man and learning how to take his nearsightedness and create a special skill. But, is he prepared to lead an expedition to a lost world?
Ashley92G More than 1 year ago
tells a story of a near sighted child learning and earning credit for becoming an adult and he acknowledges it throughout the story with his special skill. this is a short story that shows a young boy's special gift that he can "see" beyond his poor eyesight, shows his potential courage, and cope with loss. a historical fiction book for children from 5th-8th
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was forced against my will to read this book for school, and it was the absolute worst book I ever read! The story was dumb, and the plot didn't make sense, Michael Dorris writes books no one can understand, and the characters weren't very creative either. This is a pretty interesting idea, but leave it to Michael Dorris to make it slow, boring, and awful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a challenging book for young second or third graders, too many descriptive words but the story was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book isn't too good, but it's not bad either. It is too short and they could make it longer, more interesting and overall better. Also the names were too confusing. The theme and plot could also have been changed for the better. On the positive side, i could hardly put it down, until i finished it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was about a boy named Sees Behind Trees who couldn't exactly see, but he used his other senses to get through the forest with his friend GrayFire. GrayFire is looking for the Land of Water, a place he has seen before, but had a bad experience there. On their way, they found a family from a different tribe, with a baby named Checha. Later in the book, GrayFire dies, and Sees Behind Trees has to find his own way back with his other senses. He finds Checha and goes home.