Harcourt Children's Books (2003), Edition: 1st Printing, Hardcover, 173 pages. $17.00.
Told from the viewpoints of Pocahontas and John Smith, describes their lives in the context of the encounter between the Powhatan Indians and the English colonists of seventeenth-century Jamestown, Virginia.
173 p.; 8.5 inches
0152167374 / 9780152167370
LibraryThing member Krguarisco
This was a nice change from the original love story of Pocahontas and John Smith. Instead the story focuses on what happened from the time that the settlers came into their village and the battle that was fought between the two peoples. the book also follows more Native American practices and beliefs, I liked that a lot about the book. I think this would be a good read for 4th- 7th graders, I think boys would enjoy this book over other Pocahontas books.
LibraryThing member EmilyEgert
“Pocahontas” is a biographical text that reflects on the life of Pocahontas. The story talked about Pocahontas and her interactions with the men of the Jamestown settlement, her love affairs, and her accomplishments. The main purpose of this book is to educate young readers about the historical events of Pocahontas and her accomplishments. I enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons. Though this text was filled with a lot of information it was presented to its readers in a very organized and non- overwhelming fashion. Each page had large illustrations that spoke true to the text that was presented on this page. Additionally, this book provided captions at the bottom of various pages to define words in the text that may be unfamiliar to its readers. For example, at the beginning of the book the author states that Pocahontas is from the Powhatan tribe and at the bottom of the page there is a caption that delves into deeper description of the Powhatan tribe. Something that I did not particularly like about this text was how the characters in the illustrations never seemed to be looking at each other in the eyes. It was very noticeable in the text that the characters were not looking at one another and this made the book seem as though it was lacking in depth.
LibraryThing member DonnaMarieMerritt
This was a wonderful story, well-researched, and told from the POV of both John Smith and Pocahontas. Interestingly, neither voice is "humble" and that makes the story more true-to-life. Readers can see how each interprets the same event in opposite ways. The book includes an afterword explaining what happened to Pocahontas and John Smith (the story ends when both her tribe and Smith believe peace has been achieved), words from 17th century English and from the Powhatan language, and literature circle questions.
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