TECUMSEH by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

TECUMSEH

Shooting Star of the Shawnee
From the "Sterling Biographies" series
Age Range: 11 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

More a historical narrative than a character portrait, this account of Tecumseh’s efforts to create a tribal confederacy in the Old Northwest focuses on the great Shawnee leader’s many battles and negotiations with then–Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison and then his disastrous—ultimately fatal—alliance with the British during the War of 1812. Replete with side essays on such varied subtopics as the Northwest Territory, the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12 and the Battle of Lake Erie, it also boasts often–full-color illustrations from archival sources (many of these later paintings and old prints that are inaccurate, as the discursive captions often rightly note, and sometimes too small to make out anyway). In all, this will provide students a coherent view of events if not a clear understanding of Shawnee culture or Tecumseh’s heroic personal qualities. If it's not the 100-page holy grail of middle-grade biographies, it is still pretty close. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 11-13)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4027-6847-7
Page count: 124pp
Publisher: Sterling
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2010




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