In a Tirio Indian village, in the Amazon rain forest, there lives a boy named Kamanya. He learns to respect the medicine of the village shaman when he falls ill with a fever and is saved by the shaman. Kamanya is going to watch as the shaman's medicine cannot cure the disease brought by the white man, malaria. But the shaman's medicine is powerful against many other diseases and Kamanya will see outsiders come to learn about the "healing magic of the forest plants" and he will choose to be a shaman as he becomes a man.
36 pages 978-0152024864 Ages 4-7
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
For thousands of years, in the jungles of the Amazon, shamans have passed their wisdom of the medicinal values of rain forest plants from one generation to the next. The Shaman's Apprentice tells the story of a Tirio Indian boy who dreams of one day being the tribal shaman, and how he and his people learn the importance of their own knowledge about the healing properties of the rain forest.--from the publisher