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In 1607, when John Smith and his "Coatmen" arrive in Powhatan to begin settling the colony of Virginia, their relations with the village's inhabitants are anything but warm. Pocahontas, the beloved daughter of the Powhatan chief, is just eleven, but this astute young girl plays a fateful, peaceful role in the destinies of two peoples.

Drawing from the personal journals of J
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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I read this because my 4-year-old daughter is into Pocahontas, but really only knows the Disney story, which I knew was grossly inaccurate. I wanted to her to know something closer to the truth. I don't know that anyone really knows the truth, but I enjoyed this book as an introduction. I picked it up in the kids section at the library, where I was picking up other kid books on Pocahontas for Ophelia.

The book is written through alternating perspectives of Pocahontas and John Smith, and chronicl
A true account of the Pocahontas/John Smith encounter told via journal entries by both characters. Well-researched and loaded with difficult words and sentence structures (from Shakespearean English), this important book is a great opportunity for people to learn about the true account of Pocahontas, who helped keep the longest period of peace between the English settlers and the Powhatan tribe (a dinky 7 years). Also rich in Powhatan culture and mythology, and contains a glossary of Powhatan wo ...more
So I wanted the whole story of Pocahontas' life...that is NOT in this book! It was only one year in her life and only until she met John Smith. I wanted to know the rest of the story which was summarized in a page and a half at the end of the book! This book got a whole bunch of 5 star reviews on Amazon and I am now disappointed! Does anyone know of a good non-fiction book on Pocahontas?
Rebecca Reid
Although fictionalized, it is obvious from the complexity of the story that Bruchac did research into the John Smith and Pocahontas story. I loved the alternating view points: one chapter was Pocahontas’ narration, and the next would be Captain John Smith. Their voices were unique. I really enjoyed seeing how the same event was interpreted in such different ways by the two groups. Bruchac is himself of Native American heritage, and his sensitivity to the complexity of the situation gave him ambl ...more
Scarlett Sims
Ok so here is what I liked about this book: the story is told from alternating viewpoints, between Pocahontas and John Smith. This makes for really interesting storytelling because rather portraying one side as an aggressor and one side as a victim, it shows more of a lack of understanding between two cultures. There are examples of both parties, Native Americans and white settlers, assuming that the other held similar values when that was not the case. It subverted a few stereotypes-- it didn't ...more
James Pasier
It was alright. Good narrated but the ending didn't feel very conclusive. The story felt a bit un-necessary after all that had gone on for nothing. No payoff
Jennifer Wight
Stopped reading it. Just couldn't get it into it. Had a hard time with the way the author portrayed these characters. Enjoyed Blood on the River much better!
Sophie Sarmiento
I thought this book was good. I have seen the movie and now I have read the book too. I liked both but the book was definitely a little more descriptive than the movie. Usually when I read books I have an image in my head throughout the whole book of where everything is and what it looks like, but since this book is also a movie, it kind of ruined the imagination part of reading it. I think I would have like it a lot better if I hadn't seen the movie before because I started to get bored with it ...more
I really liked how the perspective alternated between Pochahontas and John Smith. It gave good insight to just how much the two cultures misunderstood each other. I liked Pochahontas' perspective better than John Smith's because it was less wordy and easier to follow.
I must say I was disappointed that the book only built up to the characters meeting and then shortly summarized the events that occured after they met. I was hoping to gain more insight to what occured after the two met, but other
Mireya Armijo
Well this book is fairly interesting so far. It is coming to my attention about the past. It gives me alot of history to look at. The Chief is very friendly but as well as ready to fight. Also he has his favorite daughter by his side just for laughs, and that is Pocahontas. Pocahontas means Who Makes Mischieves.(Wow I sound so professional.)
Dominique Medina
Feb 16, 2012 Dominique Medina rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like history
Recommended to Dominique by: My teacher Mrs.Moncoda who says i have to read this!
This book is okay so far but i am more into scary books not history!!!! The only reason I'm reading this is because i have to for my reading class and i am only on page 13 when there is 173 pages!!! I have to finish this book on Dec 7 or 8...... I have to write facts about the book too!!! Boring!!!
Not only was it a let down from the dramatic Disney romance, but it was inconsistantly written and hard to comprehend.
Sep 19, 2009 Posie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like history and Pocahontas
Recommended to Posie by: My mom
This books is very good. It draws entries from John Smith's journals. I highly recommend it to everyone!!
Mikaylah Bates
This was very interesting since it is told from pocahontas's and John Smith's point of view.
This was an interesting book because it gave you both an Old World and New World perspective.
Brian Murphy
Love the alternating perspectives. A bit difficult to understand at times, but generally well done.
Paola Marte
Definitely not what I expected, I was wondering where was the rest of the book -.-
I tried to read this but I kept falling asleep. Though it seemed like a good book.
The Pocahontas point of view in the alternating chapters is very intriguing.
this is a book about pocahontas and john smith that is way to discriptive
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Told from the alternating points of view of Pocahontas and John Smith.
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Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by wh ...more
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