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Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac
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Mar 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: native-american, historical-fiction, for-school, leisure, multicultural, children-s, ya
Read from March 10 to 27, 2010

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 show Pocahontas' people as being always peaceful or always violent. There were also several author's notes at the end, including a pronunciation guide for the Indian words and also an explanation of the sources he used.

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