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The True Story of Pocahontas (Step into Reading, Step 3)

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Illus. in full color. Filled with suspense, romance, and historical details, here's a very young biography of the Powhatan Indian princess who played a vital role in early Colonial and Native American relations.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published September 10th 1994 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published August 1994)
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Rosa Cline
Aug 29, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
This is a level 3 reader for a more advanced beginning reader. This book of Pocahontas I enjoyed as it does seem like it's more 'true' than some of the others we've read about her. Starting when she was a little girl and it takes us through until her death. It had facts and information I had never read about her before. It's written in a way that isn't "History in your face" I read it out loud to my special needs adult son and he payed attention and looked at the illustrations as I read to him.
The True Story of Pocahontas by Lucille Recht Penner is a nonfiction work intended for P-I readers. It is the tale of Pocahontas’s life, starting amongst her native family - the Powhatans, to the meeting of the English men and Captain John Smith, to the fighting that ensues between the two groups, to her capture in hopes for peace by the Powhatans, to her marriage to John Rolfe, and ultimately to her remaining in England for the remainder of her life.

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This book is very good. The illustrations are very well done and the information is interesting. I never knew Pocahontas went to England!! Would definitely have in my classroom.
Sep 15, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
My 2nd grader and I enjoyed reading this book together. It is very factual, but not dry.
Ashley Dement
Oct 22, 2009 Ashley Dement rated it liked it
The True Story of Pocahontas was a longer picture book but a lot of that is because of the large pictures that accompanied the text. The pictures were simple in detail but they were colorful and accurately depicted what was going on in the story. The illustrations were done in water color paints, which I enjoyed. The book broke down the life of Pocahontas in a way that could be easily be understood be younger elementary aged students. The story had an obvious plot and climax, which can help to k ...more
Marcus Gilfert
May 08, 2015 Marcus Gilfert rated it did not like it
Wow, that was really bad.
This Step-Into-Reading book is a good relatively accurate description of what we know about the life of Pocahontas in simple language with pictures. While it does include a bit of the mythology where Pocahontas saves the life of John Smith, it follows what can be verified about her life fairly closely. I am happy to have a more accurate version of the story to share with my daughter who at four still believes that Pocahontas must have stood on a cliff and sang "Colors of the Wind."
Dec 23, 2015 Isabel rated it really liked it
Excellent early reading book about the start of Contact in Jamestown. Dealt gently with some of the uglier parts of colonial history, including the abduction and hostage holding of Pocahontas by Captain Argall with assistance from the Powatan traitor Jopassus. It is a great introduction to a complex topic, totally appropriate for young readers without over simplifying the relationship between early European settlers and the people native to that land.
Dec 09, 2013 Kayla rated it it was amazing
this is the true story of Pocahontas in early colonial life and native american. everyone knows the story of Pocahontas and she is a very famous native american so i would defiantly have my class read this book for social studies.
Nov 29, 2012 ABC rated it really liked it
I learned quite a bit about Pocahontas, whom I never really learned about in school. I think I enjoyed this book more than my son--for kids, it is a little dry.
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Oct 06, 2013 Dane Morgan marked it as to-read
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This would be a good book to make connections between social studies and language arts. It is an informational pieace that is enjoying.
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This was my favorite book in 2nd grade.
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Lucille Recht Penner is the author of many nonfiction books for kids, including Dinosaur Babies and Monster Bugs in Random House’s Step into Reading program. She lives in Tucson, AZ.
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