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The Trail of Tears (Step into Reading) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Bruchac
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1838, settlers moving west forced the great Cherokee Nation, and their chief John Ross, to leave their home land and travel 1,200 miles to Oklahoma. An epic story of friendship, war, hope, and betrayal.


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In 1838, settlers moving west forced the great Cherokee Nation, and their chief John Ross, to leave their home land and travel 1,200 miles to Oklahoma. An epic story of friendship, war, hope, and betrayal.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2626 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1W0ELC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Classroom June 11, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a truly outstanding, well written book. My daughter at the age of 7 read this with ease. She was able to discuss Seuoyah, John Ross, Andrew Jackson, and Thomas Jefferson with me. She had an accurate understanding of the Traii of Tears, the Indian Removal Bill, and even was able to discuss how the Cherokee Alphabet came about. The best part was she and I both enjoyed the book. This book would make a great gift for a teacher in grades 2 - 4 or any one wanting to learn more about the Trail Of Tears.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tragic Story August 8, 2006
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
This is a history book of the "trail of tears." This book has a very good lesson: a lesson of hope and courage. This book also had three interesting facts. Sequoya invented an alphabet for the Cherokee language and his daughter was the first to use it. The Cherokees had to give up their land to the whites, and had to make a 1200 mile trip. It took them many months and over 4000 people died. The Whites wouldn't let them search for gold, either, even though there was gold in the water.

I liked the book. The pictures were specific and detailed and helped me understand the text better. I would recommend this book to other Cherokees who want to know more about their ancestors, and to anyone interested in learning more about Cherokee, especially I they are 8 and older.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations August 7, 2008
By Sunset
Format:Paperback
This book is written for grades 2-4 but is an interesting read for older children as well. Not only does it encourage your child to extend their vocabulary but also endorses history. This short story explains what the Trail of Tears was, defines the Indian removal policy, and introduces John Ross, Thomas Jefferson, Sequoyah, Andrew Jackson, and Tsali in a way that is easy to comprehend.
As the Trail of Tears; this is an heart wrenching true story that all children of all races should read. I found myself struggling to control my voice which was on the verge of tears as I read to my five year old who was touch dramatically by the sorrowful pictures. I also noticed that my children remained attentive engrossed in this tragic event of their forefathers. I think that other children, even those not of the red race, would also settle down and desire to read in hopes of learning about the infamous event that touches so many people's hearts.
It is a wonderful idea to introduce young children to other "American cultures" and American history early.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than More Difficult Books March 14, 2010
Format:Paperback
I needed a book for my ESOL students that wouldn't be too difficult in reading or understanding but would offer a sophisticated and thorough way of telling the story of the Trail of Tears. This book does that job. It conveys a lot of sophisticated information that my students need to know along with an easy reading level and respectful story about the hardship of Native Americans. Best book I know of for children on the Trail of Tears.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a story we all need to remember November 6, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This story isn't one of the proudest moments in our history, but it is something we need to come to terms with--and it is a good thing to remember when we accuse other countries around the world of violating the human rights of their citizens. Isn't it time that we took a serious look at what we have done to and for the Native Americans?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can always trust Joseph Bruchac August 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
The Trail of Tears is a big, sad subject; for many American children, it may be totally unfamiliar. However, Joseph Bruchac presents the information clearly, in easy vocabulary with plenty of illustrations. The pages are not more than half covered in text, and the print is large. 2nd grade is not too young to understand what is written here.

Good maps. The book even presents information about Sequoyah and the Cherokee alphabet, setting the stage that the Cherokee were settled and "civilized" people in the eyes of most of their white neighbors.

Some Cherokee phrases are included in the book, making it even more meaningful and useful. Excellent book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Children love it February 15, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My 9 year old grand daughter wanted to know more about the Cherokee.
I explained what I know- but the book brought the vision more clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic September 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
We are a homeschool family studying the Trail of Tears for a couple weeks, and chose to include this book in our reading. My children wish to review it as follows,

2nd grader: I think it's the second best book I've ever read (after the Bible).

5th grader: I just felt something stirring inside of me. I know I'm part Cherokee, and I am enjoying learning about my ancestors and all they went through so I could live now. It was a really great book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I didn't know i was getting a childs book. I am not sure it is truthful
Published 19 days ago by Grandma
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
I was really excited to get this book and read it with my kids, but ended up very disappointed. This book reads like a very boring history book - and I love history! Read more
Published 4 months ago by 68sherbear
5.0 out of 5 stars For a young man
It was a gift for a little boy. I have received no feedback.
Published 7 months ago by Curtiss J. Biehn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! Love the way it was written
Very good! Love the way it was written.
Published 7 months ago by carmen martins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast shipping, as described.
Published 8 months ago by Suki
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
Great book for a sad part of American history. My students enjoyed the version and compared and contrasted with We Shall Remain video.
Published 12 months ago by marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging
This book really made you think about the hardships the Native Americans dealt with. It also made me very grateful for the life I have.
Published 13 months ago by hoth
5.0 out of 5 stars Trail of tears
I like this book because it is very interesting. And i can understand it great it is a great book.
Published 17 months ago by update
4.0 out of 5 stars A high quality "easy" reader.
Well written and historically accurate. This is one of the most interesting of the Step into Reading books I have read. The details are fascinating and so accurate. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Cherokee
This is a 5th grade level reading book that covers the removal. No sugar coating or avoiding the main question of the removal. It's like a sex question from a youth. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Leonard Griffin
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More About the Author

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed Abenaki children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored more than 50 books for adults and children. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.

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