This book was a truthful account of the life of Pocahontas, as well as her relationship with John Smith. I think this is a great resource for students who would like to know more about the true story of Pocahontas or colonization and Native Americans in general.
Ive reviewed several biographies of Pocahontas, so Ill not begin rehashing her life all over again. You know how sometimes you read a book and you can tell the authors trying very hard to get into your head and rearrange things to be they way they want them to be? Also, as Fritz depicted the double life of Pocahontas one divided between her own people and the Englishmen she was careful to find hypocrisy wherever possible. As you may have guessed from my review, this account wasnt my favorite read Pocahontas by George Sullivan instead.
I feel that this would be a good book for students to read to better understand the story of Pocahontas from two different cultures. There is lots of text and information so I feel that older students would understand this better.
It was hard to track down a good, authoritative book on the true life and history of Pocahontas when I reached that movie in my Disney source material read-through, and since we have a new local library now I kind of had to choose from what was available. Having said that, it seems like this short book is pretty thorough when it comes to the basics of this influential person's life story. Yes, it's a little heavy-handed at times with the PC elements, which normally annoys me, but at its heart it's a love story that doesn't need to tie everything up perfectly, which I think is pretty beautiful.
The story of Pocahontas has always been fascinating. Jean Fritz writes a well-researched novel about the life of Pocahontas, her role as an ambassador, and the circumstances of her time. From the moment the English settlers arrive in Jamestown (which they name after their king) life is bound to change for the native tribes. At the beginning of the story she lives a joyful, protected life and is eager to meet and help the settlers. The tone of this novel is informational, at times even a bit too distant from the inner lives of the characters.
John Smith, an English settler, is captured and Pocahontas saves his life. This book is a good depiction of the life of Pocahontas from a different view than we are used to as children. Fritz does a good job describing the events in Pocahontas' life and her eagerness to understand two different cultures. I feel that this would be a good book for students to read to better understand the story of Pocahontas from two different cultures.
Genre: Biography Summary: Pocahontas is an Indian Princess who once lived a life free of English settlers. The story tells of the wonders of the Indians lives before the settlers arrive. When they talk of how happy Pocahontas is in the beginning the author tells of the wonders in nature and her desire to greet the Sun as it rose, with her people (Fritz, 9).
After living in China for 13 years, Fritz and her family moved back to the United States.