Dorothy Kunhardt's BRAVE MR. BUCKINGHAM
Reese quotes another website on the book:
10 of the Most Terrifying Children’s Books From Around the World
By Emily Temple
Reese proceeds to deconstruct the text. Here's how the book begins:
To mollify Billy, his uncle tells him the story of Mr. Buckingham:
The uncle explains that Mr. Buckingham isn't made of
Think of all the meta-messages here. Indians don't feel any pain. Indians are stoic and unemotional. It doesn't matter what we do to Indians. Indians exist for us to use and abuse. Etc.
No doubt author Kunhardt didn't mean any harm, but her view of Indians is purely racist. Whether she realized it or not, she considered Indians an inferior, perhaps inhuman, race.
For more on Indians in children's literature, see Indian in Worse than Rotten, Ralph and Playing Indian in Not Me!
(Excerpted from Debbie Reese's American Indians in Children's Literature, 6/14/12.)