The Double Life of Pocahontas

by Jean Fritz

Other authorsEd Young (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1987



Local notes

975.5 Fri




Puffin Books (1987), Edition: reprint, Paperback, 96 pages. $5.99.


A biography of the famous American Indian princess, emphasizing her life-long adulation of John Smith and the roles she played in two very different cultures.


Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (Winner — Nonfiction — 1984)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades 4-8 — 1986)
CCBC Choices (Biography — 1983)


Original publication date


Physical description

96 p.; 6.32 inches

Media reviews

This fictionalized account of Pocahontas' life is well-written and coherent. The author presents what is accepted by scholars as a more probable explanation of events. For example, what John Smith perceived as his imminent execution, which has encouraged the popular legend that Pocahantas saved
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Smith's life, may actually have been a ceremony that would have made him an adopted member of the tribe. Includes a bibliography, notes, and a map of the Jamestown area in Pocahontas' day.
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User reviews

LibraryThing member Sarah21123
This book is full of information about the Indian world, and Pocahontas living in it. We get an in depth look at Christopher Columbus, ships coming to mainland, growth of Indian culture, and the over all life of Pocahontas.
LibraryThing member brittneywest
Unlike Disney, Fritz gives more in depth information about the real life of Pocahontas. Since she had no journal of her experiences, most of the literature comes from John Smith, her lover. Like the movie, Pocahontas saves John Smith from death but in the book, it is mentioned that sh adopts him
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into her tribe. As tensions between the settlers and the Indians heighten, Smith decides to go back to London. Pocahontas is torned and decides to follow him to London as well. I feel that the book should only be read by mature young readers who can understand the events that happened between the Indians and the settlers. Overall, great book!
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½ (27 ratings; 3.6)
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