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Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  75 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews

Born into the Northern Paiute tribe of Nevada in 1844, Sarah Winnemucca straddled two cultures: the traditional life of her people, and the modern ways of her grandfather's white friends. Sarah was smart and good at languages, so she was able to link the worlds. As she became older, this made her a great leader.Sarah used condemning letters,fiery speeches, and her autobio

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Jun 04, 2012 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) rated it really liked it
4 stars

I am not sure how to rate this book, because it made me feel many, many emotions, mostly sadness and despair. Once again, I wonder how I would have handled the cruel fate handed out to Sarah Winnemucca and her people. They were stolen from, lied to, and left without the resources to provide for themselves after their land was taken away, often after the murder of women, children, and the elderly. This chapter in the story of this nation makes me angry and upset because I know that we are
Lisa Vegan
Sep 09, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all 9-13 year olds interested in history, Native Americans, Sarah Winnemucca &/or other activists
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this author-illustrator’s other history and biography books, and this book is another excellent one.

I love how source material is used within the story, including passages from Sarah Winnemucca’s autobiography and other quotes by her. The extra information given in the last few pages greatly enhances the poetic, illustrated narrative.

The account is heartbreaking. It’s also inspirational and completely engrossing. I can’t imagine anyone reading this and not being deeply
Oct 26, 2012 Carolynne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Malinda, Gundula, Martha, Betsy Bird
Recommended to Carolynne by: Abigail
Deeply moving account of the harrowing life of the Indian activist, born Thocmetony in 1844 in what is now Nevada, but known as Sarah Winnemucca. Intelligent and resourceful, she made use of the limited opportunities she had for education and learned to read, write and speak English and Spanish. This made her admirably suited to work with U.S. government officials. Remarkably she responded to the almost relentless cruelty of most of those involved in Indian affairs with courage and determination ...more
Jill Stark
Text to self: Intermediate.

“I was a very small child when the first white people came into our country. They came like a lion, like a roaring lion…. And I have never forgotten their first coming. My people were scattered at that time over nearly all the territory now known as Nevada. My grandfather was chief of the entire Piute Nation.”
Sarah Winnemucca’s grandfather welcomed the white people because “according to legend, they were the banished children of the tribe.” He made promises to keep
Jul 01, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Tells the story of Sarah Winnemucca. Sarah and her tribe suffered abuse and cruelty at the hands of white Americans. Forced off their land and onto two different reservations. Sarah acted as a translator and advocated for her people.

Things I liked about this book:
-It didn't sugar coat white cruelty and discrimination towards American Indians
-It actually addressed the existence of Indian boarding schools (briefly) and how damaging they were to American Indian culture in the US and Canada.

Miz Lizzie
Yes, another super hero I learned about through the Heard Museum's Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure! Sara Winnemucca is a real-life hero. She was a child when the first white settlers came onto her people's territory in Nevada. She learned to not only speak but read and write English. She became an advocate for her people as they were being driven off of their traditional homelands. She started the first Indian-run school, teaching in both her native tongue and English. She wrote the first b ...more
Cathy Blackler
Aug 01, 2012 Cathy Blackler rated it liked it
Heart wrenching account of Sarah Winnemucca, a Paiute Indian who worked tirelessly to help her people. Beautiful illustrations accompany moving dialogue. Extensive back matter make this a good classroom library addition; for studies of indigenous people as well as Women's History Month.
Apr 01, 2015 Kathleen rated it liked it
As a read-aloud book for second graders there is a lot to like as well as a few things to glide over. The good: a fascinating real-life story of a brave girl raised in her native community as well as in the mid-19th century white settlers' world. Her words and her actions should be better known today. But, there are glancing mentions of the Donner Party, wild white men stealing away native women and children, and child beatings. Also, it's difficult to read aloud her first person present narrati ...more
Richie Partington
Oct 10, 2012 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
Richie’s Picks: PAIUTE PRINCESS: THE STORY OF SARAH WINNEMUCCA by Deborah Kogan Ray, Farrar Straus Giroux, May 2012, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-374-39897-2

In 1859, when Sarah Winnemucca was fifteen -- a decade after the California Gold Rush began -- silver was discovered in Nevada:

“They came like a lion, yes, like a roaring lion.
“Within weeks, thousands arrived from the nearby California goldfields and from distant places. The boomtown of Virginia City sprang up. In their quest for sudden wealth, miners
Oct 20, 2012 Bdalton rated it really liked it
My husband refuses to read books or watch movies about the treatment Native Americans. "I already know that it is a hard, sad story." This book about Sarah Winnemucca, the daughter of Chief Winnemucca and grand-daughter of Chief Truckee, two leaders among the Northern Paiutes, is no exception. While there are glimmers of hope throughout the book, the story of how the white settlers, miners, ranchers, military and government agencies treated the Paiutes is full of unfairness, greed, theft, and so ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Christina rated it liked it
The fascinating and sad true story of Sarah Winnemucca (Thocmetony), a Native American woman who straddled both the native and white worlds in the late nineteenth century. She wrote the first book by a Native woman, Life Among the Piutes, which was her autobiography and a history of her people in dealing with broken treaties, forced resettlements, etc. by whites. Sarah was a translator, having learned English as a child while visiting California whites with her grandfather. She advocated for sch ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
A storybook bio about an important Native American woman. Sarah Winnemucca fought for many things: peace, fairness, education. She served as interpreter and petitioned the government on behalf of her people. This story is told in her voice and about her as excerpts from her writing are included in text. Illustrations are full coor and look like oil pastels. Back matter includes a map of Sarah's world, a section on her people, her work in Washington D.C., her school (Peabody Institute), an author ...more
Nancy J
Apr 04, 2016 Nancy J rated it really liked it
With beautiful illustrations, a hand-drawn map, time line, photographs, and a clear text, make this picture book biography an engaging way to learn about this little know advocate for the rights of the Paiute tribe. Sarah Winnemucca, Paiute Princess, will be an inspirational and memorable woman that readers will long remember.
Lesa Vasquez
Nov 07, 2015 Lesa Vasquez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Age appropriate facts!!

It's difficult to depict the horrors Indians have faced, especially to young readers. This book eluded to them while still keeping the language age appropriate. Well done!
Jul 25, 2012 Kathleen rated it liked it
Geared for intermediate level readers in elementary school, this is a very well-written account of what the Paiute people went through in the mid-19th century. I think stories like Sarah's need to be told to allow kids to recognize that the rough treatment and discrimination of a native people by our ancestors was wrong. This is interspersed with direct quotations from Sarah's autobiography and letters, which help to immerse the reader in the Paiute world. The art is beautiful with the warm eart ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Bethe rated it liked it
#nerdlution day 2. Hard (details of white men's treatment) to read biography about a brave Native American reformer who lead a tough roller coaster life of good and bad times. Sarah Winnemucca was the first Native American woman to write her autobiography, excerpts are included here. The text is very dense, making the book not suited to reading aloud. Extensive back matter is included. The book is a bit uneven, a photograph of Sarah is inserted in the body of the book, interrupting the flow of i ...more
Like Black Elk's Vision, this was a book that made me very angry and sad. Sarah Winnemucca was amazingly influential as a liaison between Native Americans and white people, and between her tribe and the U.S. government. She fought against assimilation and the terrible abuse of her people by talking to the newspapers, visiting with government officials, and giving speeches to large audiences all over the country, and she was the first Native American woman to publish a book. She died when she was ...more
Nov 25, 2014 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
This is a story which needs to be shared. Sarah was a remarkable woman-- educated, multi-lingual, spirited, determined, poised, diplomatic, unstoppable, and more. She was an advocate for her tribe and all Native Americans of her day. Her story shows how trapped her people were by the encroachment of the westward movement of European immigrants.

No picture book can do justice to such a person, such a time, and such atrocities. However, better to have a glimpse than no understanding at all.

Sharon Lawler
Besides being a beautiful picture book, this title tells the amazing story of Sarah Winnemucca, the grand daughter of the very enlightened Chief Truckee, of the Northern Paiute tribe in Nevada. He believed the written language was the key to power and he encouraged Sarah to learn as much English as possible. She used her language skills through out her life to advocate the the North Paiute. Some of the words that come to mind about Sarah are devoted, fearless, and intelligent.
Jun 15, 2013 Zoe rated it really liked it
I think that most 3rd graders up through adults can absorb this often horrifying, in-depth recounting of Sarah Winnemucca's attempts to save her tribe, in the form of a children's picture book. My only gripe is that some picture books have covers that are very appealing to young children and then turn out to be adult in content.
Mar 28, 2013 Becky added it
Shelves: withers
Beautifully illustrated picture book biography about the first native woman to write an autobiography. Sarah Winnemucca was a passionate advocate for her people and an inspiring stories. Use with Women's History Month, Native American Stories, Political Awareness, etc.
May 06, 2013 Becky added it
Shelves: withers
Beautifully illustrated picture book biography about the first native woman to write an autobiography. Sarah Winnemucca was a passionate advocate for her people and an inspiring stories. Use with Women's History Month, Native American Stories, Political Awareness, etc.
Dec 10, 2012 Kayla rated it really liked it
A wonderful children's biography. A nice touch that Winnemucca's own excerpts and quotes were included. Beautiful illustrations. Very touching and emotional.
Edward Sullivan
An informative introduction to this historical figure that makes good use of quotations from primary sources and some fine illustrations.
Feb 28, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it
A very informative biography of the complex and often times heartbreaking life of Sarah Winnemucca. Beautifully illustrated.
Aug 16, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Gorgeous illustrations, wonderful story.
Jun 20, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, audio, family-trips
Informative but not very engaging.
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