Sees Behind Trees

Sees Behind Trees

Michael Dorris Linda Benson / Dec 07, 2019

Sees Behind Trees A Native American boy with a special gift to see beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty

  • Title: Sees Behind Trees
  • Author: Michael Dorris Linda Benson
  • ISBN: 9780786822157
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Native American boy with a special gift to see beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty.

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      • Michael Dorris Linda Benson

        Michael Dorris was a novelist, short story writer, nonfiction writer, and author of books for childrenThe first member of his family to attend college, Dorris graduated from Georgetown with honors in English and received his graduate degree in anthropology from Yale Dorris worked as a professor of English and anthropology at Dartmouth College Dorris was part Native American through the lineage of his paternal He founded the Native American Studies department at Dartmouth in 1972 and chaired it until 1985 In 1971, Dorris became the first unmarried man in the United States to adopt a child His adopted son, Reynold Abel, was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and his condition became the subject of Dorris The Broken Cord, the pseudonym Adam is used for his son in the book In 1981, Dorris married aspiring writer Louise Erdrich Throughout their relationship, Erdrich and Dorris edited and contributed to each other s writing.In 1991, Dorris adopted son, Reynold Abel, died after being hit by a car In 1996, Louise Erdrich separated from Dorris On April 10, 1997, Dorris committed suicide in Concord, New Hampshire.


    1. Sees Behind Trees was Written by Michael Dorris. Sees Behind Trees is about a native American boy named walnut. In his culture you must a piece of moss in the air with a bow and arrow. Once he does that he will become a man and get an adult name. The problem is he has blurry vision so he can’t see very well. So for him to pass he might have to see in a different way. One morning instead of training with his mom they go to a part of the forest he never seen and blindfolds him. Then his mom asks [...]

    2. Another remarkable American Indian early chapter book by Dorris. A Native American boy with a special gift to "see" beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty.

    3. It's seem little dull but still good storying. I've hard visions "sees behind trees" of relate to all saying. So it not clearly for me.

    4. The book Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris tells the story of a boy/man named Walnut who cannot see well as others do. However, he was given the ability to see what lies beyond the ordinary view. Given this ability, a man named Gray Fire wishes to use Walnut´s ability to see the magical land of water that he had once seen in his early childhood. Walnut had only promised to Gray Fire that he can at least try. On this journey, Walnut and Gray Fire have encountered much of the unrevealed answers [...]

    5. This is a story as much about the reader seeing the world differently as it is about the main character seeing with his ears. It is about longing and about loss, but not in the way we normally read about those issues. I, as a man of European descent, cannot see the world from a Native American perspective, but I can get glimpses of different ways of seeing life from a novel like this. Michael Dorris' own ethnic identity may be ambiguous, but he certainly spent his life experiencing a variety of [...]

    6. E enjoyed this book much more than Children of the Longhouse. I think she identified with the main character and his feeling of "otherness" from the other boys of his tribe. She did a great looking map summary of the book. An excellent selection to start off the school year. But a little below her reading level.

    7. I tend to enjoy a book based on its overall picture it's overall moral. More so than worrying about the details. But there were a few details in this one that I thought were inconsistent or I possibly read incorrectly. Such as the boy who has had a hard time seeing describing the shiny blue trout scales. Or them playing with a ball I can't see a ball being part of this time. None of this made much of a difference though because the story itself was so good.This is me speak/typing things I want t [...]

    8. เรื่องราวของเด็กชายชาวอินเดียนแดง ในช่วงก้าวย่างสู่วัยผู้ใหญ่และการผจญภัยของเขาวอลนัทมีปัญหาสายตามองแทบไม่เห็นมาตั้งแต่เด็ก เมื่อต้องผ่านพิธีทดสอบยิงธนูเขาจึงกังวลมาก แ [...]

    9. I read this rather short story in one day. And it's just that - a story about a peculiar Native American boy, who becomes a man, and has antingurney with his uncle into the wilderness. This is one of the few historical fiction books that I know of that deals with Native Americans and is kid-friendly (level T). The writing is pretty clear-cut, but beyond the story itself, there really aren't words behind words to think about, and a level T reader should be able to handle the themes: we learn from [...]

    10. The works of Michael Dorris are treasures. I have read Guests, and other works, and can now add Sees Behind Trees to the list. This book is good for all ages. It tells an interesting mystical story with wonderful characterizations. I love the interactions between the characters, and also the workings of Walnut's mind as he becomes Sees Behind Trees. A wonderful story.

    11. A sensational story of the NA culture.Deeply humane and wise. I could feel his words on my skin and in my heart! Beautifully written!

    12. This is a story of a near-sighted native youth. He can't see well enough to hunt so his mother teaches him to listen closely and see things through his ears and intelligence. On the day that all the young boys get to show their prowess with the bow and arrow and thus receive their adult name, Walnut shows his skill of being able to 'see' behind trees. He gets his adult name first, before all of his friends. However, an adult name doesn't make him feel like a man. What will do that? He goes on a [...]

    13. FAN FICTIONIt has been 10 years since I have become a man and I still have trouble with shooting a bow and arrow because of being nearsighted. Gray Fire just died yesterday and it might have been the hardest day of my life to go through, he died because of age but it wasn’t that, that got to me it was when and where he died. We were trying to find that place again, the one that he always talk about, and we were right there like you could just feel it so we went to bed for the night and were go [...]

    14. I think that Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris is a good book. When the story begins, all of the older children in the tribe must pass a ritual in order to earn their adult name, but Walnut can not see very well, and would ultimately struggle to pass. But the elder in the tribe, his grandfather’s sister, alters the ritual so that Walnut’s other enhanced sense can be used. He earns the name Sees Behind Trees and his grandfather asks him to go on an adventure to help him find the beautiful p [...]

    15. I read this in my 5th grade class an extremely long time ago, but I still remember the title and the characters. It's a very memorable story about a blind boy who is becoming a man. In his village, he is the worst archer because he is nearly blind! Walnut, who is the partially blind boy's name, doesn't even know about his blindness because glasses were not invented them. The conflict arises when Walnut is almost reaching adulthood and has to excel in the archery competitions. (In his culture, a [...]

    16. Sees Behind Trees was a great teaching story on how to trust and rely on one’s ability to learn one’s environment through touch, sound, smell and instincts. I did not include sight because the Sees Behind Trees character was visually impaired.Gray Fire, an elder who had lost his toes in a tragic accident, takes Sees Behind Trees on a journey. While on the journey both Gray Fire and Sees Behind Trees learn things about life they’d never considered and they both become better men as a result [...]

    17. gr 4-7 104pgsAmerica, 1500s. Walnut is worried. It is almost time for his manhood test and, unlike all the other boys, Walnut still can't aim well enough to hit anything. Unlike the other boys, Walnut can't see anything unless it is very close by him. His mother notices that Walnut is very good at using his other senses to "see". Can she find a way to help Walnut pass his test?Great story! There are two parts: his manhood test and his journey with Gray Fire to find the land of water. In the seco [...]

    18. I loved this book right up to the last twenty pages. Dorris provides lyrical sentences and a story that went straight to my heart. Without tipping anyone off, however, the ending was not satisfying to me because too many narrative threads were left hanging, and the ones that were tied up didn't seem to live up the promise of the beginning. Still, I think this a is a good book for young readers who need to be enchanted by a tale and don't want a book to end, no matter how it does. In spite of tha [...]

    19. This book is the 2013 One Book One San Diego choice for youth. It is a classic coming of age story focused on a young Native American boy who can't see very well. The adults around him work to bring out his other senses to compensate for his poor eye sight and he earns his adult name of "Sees Behind Trees" because he discovers that he can see things that others can't. There are wonderful stories told by elders of his tribe and the reader receives a beautiful glimpse into Native American culture [...]

    20. This book was about a boy named Walnut. Walnut wanted to become an adult, but before he could do that he had to prove he was worthy. He had to shoot a piece of moss out of the air with his bow and arrow. Before he does this he goes on a journey to find himself and get confidence. He journeys off into the woods trying to fin the Mysterious land of water. along the way he meets a kind strangers, unawsered questions and dangers. I did not like this book because it waas slow and I just didnt like it [...]

    21. This tells a tale of a little boy in a Native American society pre-colonization. Walnut is a 12 year old with poor vision, and he, along with all his peers, must pass a hunting test in order to be accepted into their village as men. Because of his handicap, however, his mother and the village weroance, develop a different test for him, as he is able to use his remaining senses in ways that no one else can. He can see behind trees, and this gift becomes vital to him as he accompanies a wise old h [...]

    22. I give this a 4.5/5. Great character development and plot line. Sees Behind Trees is the right of passage for a young boy finding his place in his world. He is challenged by his eye sight and realizes the gifts which allow for the impossible to be attained. Reveals issues of ethnocentric behaviours by "strangers" which can be related back to ideas of imperialism.A good book to explore cultural values of First Nations groups and relationships with nature. Fits well with Alberta grade7 social stud [...]

    23. A very quick, yet thoughtful coming-of-age novel about learning to understand the world and yourself. A boy from an undisclosed tribe, Walnut, overcomes his extreme near-sightedness by using his senses to help him see. Once he has come of age, he is called Sees Behind Trees, and goes on a journey with a respected elder named Gray Fire to find a place close to Grey Fire's heart. I found this short novel very engaging and feel like it's one of those that I'll keep thinking about long after I finis [...]

    24. A little boy named Walnut is living in our part of the world about 400 years ago. Walnut cannot see well, and because of this, he has developed a great sense of hearing. It is so good that he can tell things about his surroundings that even people with great sight don't know. As he becomes older, a village elder called Gray Smoke, asks Walnut to help him discover a magical place from his youth. The story is well-told and gives you a very good idea of what it was like to be a northeast Indian vil [...]

    25. I think about 9-12 years old is the perfect age for this book. This is exactly the kind of book I would have sought out as a kid. This story is about a young Native American transitioning into adult hood, but unlike the other young men who become adults by passing an archery test, Sees behind trees is unable to see beyond a few feet. Instead, he becomes a man by using his own skills, his ability to "see" the things no one else can see. He takes Gray Wolf out into the woods to find a place that h [...]

    26. Lovely book about a Native American boy who can't see well enough to shoot with a bow and arrow. How will he become a man? He finds he has another skill, one that no one else in the tribe has, but this causes him to become cocky. The rest of the book is how he learns to fit into the tribe, valuing himself and others. There is quite a lot of humor, although the book becomes more serious as it progresses. I've always liked Michael Dorris.

    27. Very interesting take on the rite of passage of Native Americans. When a young boy of the tribe is unable to pass the usual skill test of shooting arrows because of his near sightedness, the elder of the tribe creates a new task for him to accomplish. This brings him a wealth of knowledge but still leaves him feeling less than an adult we follow him through his learning to become an adult. Lovely book where we see a beautiful story of coming of age unfold.

    28. My son's school writing assignment (response to literature). 3.5 stars. Wonderful message about facing life's challenges head on, with courage, and how life experience makes you grow up and be an adult, not the mere fact of your physical age. You are encouraged to be more at one with nature, and to tune in to your senses to immerse yourself bodily (not with your thinking mind) in what is around you. Set in 16th Century America, with native indian characters.

    29. I really enjoyed this story. It was read as part of our History Curriculum which is currently about Native Americans. Both my boys that listened to the story really enjoyed it. It had a lot of detail and information about the way the characters lived which was very interesting even if somewhat more difficult to read out load. The story was engaging and wasn't predictable for us. Lots to discuss and think about.

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