POCAHONTAS by Victoria Garrett Jones

POCAHONTAS

A Life in Two Worlds
From the "Sterling Biographies" series
Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

A spirited biography untangles the accretion of myth and story around Pocahontas and makes clear what little is actually known and what fragments of the historical record are available. The text is rich in illustration and in sidebars (on longhouses, colonial diet, weaponry and so on) that illuminate the central narrative. Whether Pocahontas saved John Smith’s life directly or as part of an elaborate ritual might not matter, argues Jones. Pocahontas and her people were certainly responsible for keeping the English settlement of Jamestown from starvation. Relations between English settlers and Native people were uneasy at best, and the author traces these carefully, relating how Pocahontas was later kidnapped by the British and held for ransom. When none was forthcoming, she was converted both to English ways and the Christian religion, marrying the widower John Rolfe and traveling to England, where Pocahontas saw John Smith once again and died at about the age of 21. An excellent stab at myth busting and capturing the nuances of both the figure and her times. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 9-12)

 

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4027-6844-6
Page count: 124pp
Publisher: Sterling
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2010