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Pocahontas Paperback – October 1, 2005
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Gr. 6-12. This vivid, detailed historical novel chronicles the relationship between Virginia colonists and the Powhatans as seen through the perspectives of Captain John Smith and 11-year-old Pocahontas, daughter of the Powhatan chief. As in Sacajawea (2002), Bruchac successfully uses alternating chapters in which different characters--in this case, Pocahontas and Smith--describe the same situations. This technique enables readers to see the distinctly divergent worldviews. Smith's perspectives are prefaced with excerpts from the captain's own writings or from other sources of the period. Heading Pocahontas' accounts are stories told in the tradition of the Powhatans' Algonquin-rooted culture. In an afterword, Bruchac explains what eventually became of his narrators. The author goes to great lengths to present a historically accurate depiction (which may account for the nonfiction cataloging, 975.5), and he succeeds admirably, exposing the many myths and misconceptions made popular by Disney and others. Glossaries of terms used in the novel, source notes, and a bibliography are appended. Ed Sullivan
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"Brings an authentic voice to a greatly mythologized and misunderstood Native American historical figure."--School Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
It, of course, dispells all the romantic fantasies of Pocahontas saving Smith's life. In fact, she married John Rolfe, not Smith.
For all his complaining about being mistreated for his lack of family connections, John Smith probably was the hero he portrays himself to be. Otherwise it seems Jamestown would have failed miserably.
Some of the most interesting details involve the infighting, which at times turns deadly, the treason, selfishness, and other human faults and frailties revealed in Smith's accounts.
Readers will also enjoy the story of the eleven year old Pocahontas, and the "royal" lifestyle she enjoys as her father's favorite daughter.
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I saw this book and decided to get it for my granddaughter and when it came I was very pleased.Published on November 28, 2013 by Windy
Son said nice book, he had to read this book for a class project, he said after falling asleep several times, it was a nice book.Published on January 18, 2013 by vee
Earth to people - Pocahontas isn't a bad book, but it also isn't an exciting book. If you like the movie Avatar you might like it. It was pretty much the same. Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by Steven Age 11
I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT GOES BACK IN TIME WHEN THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED. I FOR ONE LIKED THE PART WHERE POCAHONTAS HAS TO HELP HER BROTHER PRACTICE FOR HUNTING BY... Read morePublished on December 12, 2009 by Q. Garcia
Do you like early ages? Then you should read this book called Pocahontas by Flora Warren Seymour because it will encourage you to read books about Native Americans and early ages. Read morePublished on December 30, 2003