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January 8, 2008

Pocahontas and the Strangers

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Pocahontas and the Strangers

Author: Clyde Robert Bulla

Illustrator: Peter Burchard

Page Length: 176

Reading Level: 4th

Genre: Non-fiction / Biography

 

SUMMARY: In this biography, by Clyde Robert Bulla, Pocahontas is a very young girl, quite curious about the white men coming to her land.  She is eager to meet them, although most of her tribe is hesitant to make friends.

 

She eventually meets Captain John Smith who becomes her friend. Through different events, her dad, the chief of her tribe tries to put Smith to death.  But Pocahontas asks for John Smith to be her man.  As a tradition, if a man I ask for, he is given to that woman.

 

Pocahontas was not old enough to marry but continued to visit John Smith.  He promised to take her to England someday.  However, a string of events happened and Pocahontas heard that Captain John Smith had died and was being returned to England on a ship.

 

Pocahontas continues to be involved with the new people who have come to America, not always by choice.  She eventually marries, has a baby and travels to England.  Although her life offers her many opportunities with the English, in the end, she longs to be in her homeland. 

 

REVIEW: This book gave me a different perspective of the relationship of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith.  I learned more about the last part of her life than I formerly knew. 

 

AREAS FOR TEACHING: This book would be a good book to read when studying the settling of early United States.

 

RELATED WEBSITES:

 

http://content.scholastic.com/browse/book.jsp?id=412

 

http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1996/3/96.03.06.x.html

 

http://www.apva.org/history/pocahont.html

 

http://pocahontas.morenus.org/

 

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

 

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