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An engrossing text and unusual litho graphs enhance this comprehensive biography of the plucky Indian prin cess. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From Publishers Weekly: An engrossing text and unusual litho graphs enhance this comprehensive biography of the plucky Indian prin cess. Ages 6-10. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. --Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893103285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893103283
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Annmarie G. Collins on April 4, 2000
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We've been taking this book out the library for years. We finally bought it. As with all of the books by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'aulaire, the illustrations are beautiful, the stories full of information and the facts true. They are very easy to read but still not wishy-washy. We all learn something everytime we read them. You want to read them over and over. Our children read these for fun. Wonderful.
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All of the biographical D'Aulaire books are gorgeously illustrated!! My children love to sit with them just to look at the illustrations. The stories inside are well written, and make a great addition to our history curriculum for the lower elementary grades.
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My children and I have enjoyed reading all the d'Aulaire books as part of an elementary American history curriculum. This book is no exception, with the engaging story and beautiful artwork. It is an historical account of Pocahontas, not the Disney version.
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This book should be read by every school child, like I did. Only, it was on the bookmobile, my own choice as a little kid at 7 years old, and the art attracted a little reader, me, in the 70's. I later saw this at the gift shop at The book's in the spirit of "The New World" and that little princess reminds me of this one.
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I loved this book as a child 30 years ago, and it never loses my fascination as an adult. My children love it, from the 6 year old to the 17 year old daughter. Great roll model for my girls, and the D'Aulaire's illustrations are beautiful!
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Bad enough that my six year old found a copy of the Disney Pocohantas history mash-up somewhere, and that she is obsessed with long-haired princesses. Disney we know about. But this lamentably-lauded book was granted automatic credibility from living in her school's library.

One star is one too many. A quick glance is enough to see that it is full of derogatory depictions, as well as imprecision and straight-up lies (which is ironic, given Pocahontas is reported to have confronted John Smith about the lie of his "death," and to recognize it as a common trait among "his countrymen").

Worse than its factual distortion, in my opinion (although also via it), this book reinforces negative self-image for non-white children and, perhaps unintentionally, bolsters white supremacy. To whit: "The other Indian girls all envied Pocahontas her beautiful beads. But to her nothing seemed much fun after her white friends had left." The Indians are depicted as (eerily identical in a Wonka-remake kind of way) fierce, unsmiling, magic-wielding savages, with both text and illustrations demonstrating the authors' (European/American society's) utter disrespect for indigenous religious ceremonies and practices. And of course, there is the ubiquitous, self-congratulatory rebuke of indigenous labor division, with the "squaws" (yes, they actually use that word) being worked like mules from childhood while little boys get to swim and make merry (as if there was/is somehow gender equity in current/historical Western societies).

The text also implies throughout that the Indians are all (with the exception of Pocahontas post-encounter) idiotic, materialistic, and superficial.
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While I didn't find this as good as the Greek or Norse myth books that this couple did, this is still a fun book to have nonetheless. I remember reading this from the library when I was a child. This book is dated to be sure, but it's still a nice sample of D'Aulaire art.
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If you hold to a liberal anti-western view of history you probably won't like the perspective from which the story is written. Does a good job of addressing the tale of Pocahontas in an appropriate way for children.
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