From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8–These volumes are beautifully arranged with thick glossy pages, clear type, period photographs, enchanting portraits, lithographs, woodcuts, color maps, and a few relevant modern photographs of existing natural wonders. Each biography weaves the life and struggle of the featured Native American leader with the white man's “manifest destiny” to settle the New World and includes an evolutionary explanation of the term “American Indian.” The accounts are rich with exhaustive details, especially of skirmishes, treaties, and battles. The heroes' stories are accented with other players' mini biographies and side stories on topics such as militia and modern reservation casinos. A few enduring expressions and quotes are explained, such as “counting coup,” “GERONIMO!” and “A good Indian is a dead Indian.” The point of view alternates between the subject and his various allies and adversaries. Conflicting historical accounts are analyzed responsibly. These biographies, particularly Tecumseh, could lead to research on politics, diplomacy, human rights, peace, or conflict resolution.–S. McClendon, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, GAα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Packed with fast action and detailed analysis, these new titles in the Sterling Biographies series blend the stories of Native American leaders with the history of their peoples, distinguishing myth and reality by documenting what really happened and focusing on ordinary people as well as chiefs and warriors. Lots of detailed physical battles dominate Tecumseh, with a strong focus on the Shawnee’s brutal displacement by white settlers and the Indians caught up in the tensions between the U.S. and Great Britain. The series’ spacious design is highly scannable, with color background screens, photos, maps, and historic prints throughout; also included are a detailed time line, glossary, bibliography, and fully documented notes. Grades 7-12. --Hazel Rochman
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