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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (November 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440412420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440412427
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In what PW called "an eye-opening introduction to a painful period of American history," a Cherokee girl recounts the hardships of 1838 leading up to and including the journey along the Trail of Tears. Ages 8-12. (Nov.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-In the spring of 1838, nine-year-old Soft Rain learns that there will be no more school for the Cherokee children in her North Carolina community. The Tsalagi (as the tribal members refer to themselves) have signed a treaty with the white men and will be moving to new lands in the West. A short time later, soldiers abruptly force Soft Rain and her mother from their home, abandoning the girl's blind grandmother, her dog, and her father and brother out working in the fields. They follow the Trail of Tears, the path taken by 18,000 Cherokee traveling from stockaded holding areas across rivers, valleys, and mountains. Hungry, exhausted, and often ill from the white man's disease, some 4000 people died during the migration. But Soft Rain's story ends more happily; she and her mother miraculously meet up with her father, brother, and an uncle. The author makes clear the hardships these Native Americans endured and the injustice of their exile, but her protagonist remains remarkably positive. Because she has been relatively unaffected, readers may be, too. At one point the grandmother tells a story; at that moment, the book becomes more than just the record of a trip but a glimpse of a disappearing culture. However, there aren't enough of these stories to bring readers closer to this girl and her world. Still, this novel is a readable version of a shameful episode in U.S. history and may find use as a supplement to social studies units.
Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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She loved the book and learned alot of history in the process of reading it.
jmhafh
This was a great story to help children understand some of what the Indians went through, I would suggest this story be put in schools.
Michaela Haston
The story really captivated the kids and it was a great resource to use when identifying the characteristics of historical fiction.
Erin

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Soft Rain is a nine year old Cherokee girl living with her family on their little farm in North Carolina. One day at school, Soft Rain is told her people will be "relocated" to Oklahoma. Soft Rain is filled with sorrow at leaving her home. She and her mother are seperated from her father, brother, and grandmother. They endure hunger, hardship, sorrow, and the loss of friends and relatives. Through it all, Soft Rain can only survive by relying on her courage. I highly reccomend this sad, moving book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book tells about a young girl traveling west with her family and the trials they go through. I believe this book is a awesome book that you should read because it gives you a child's view of the Trail of Tears.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Soft rain is a good book. Soft rain lives in a village and the white men made them movie to the west and they don't want to move to the west I think it is a good book you should read this book if you like Indians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on March 7, 2014
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This book gave a lot of insight on the Trail of Tears,but it was kind of sad. The author was very good at making this horrible historical event so real
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michaela Haston on April 7, 2013
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This was a great story to help children understand some of what the Indians went through, I would suggest this story be put in schools.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin on March 22, 2013
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This book was listed in our curriculum as a recommendation during our historical fiction unit (I teach 4th grade). The story really captivated the kids and it was a great resource to use when identifying the characteristics of historical fiction. I also liked that this book came on Kindle - I bought the Kindle version and then projected it onto my board so we could all read along together.
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Excellent novel for integrated historical fiction fourth grade literacy unit.
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By Linda D. Lafountain on March 10, 2014
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I bought this for my husband and he enjoyed the story of the history of the trail, brought n by another invasion into Native peoples culture
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