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Pocahontas : princess of the New World

by Krull, Kathleen.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 15 Libraries 15 of 18 copies
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Biography J B POCAHONTAS 2007
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Summary

She was the favored daughter of the Chief of the Powhatan Indians, and a girl in motion; always laughing, teasing, and dancing. But from the moment John Smith and the colonists of Jamestown set foot into her world in 1607, her life would change forever. She soon became an ambassador and peace keeper between the Powhatan and the colonists. Because of her curiosity and courage, Pocahontas became the bridge between the two worlds.

Four hundred years after this world-changing clash of cultures, the true story about America's original "Founding Mother" is finally revealed. Reunited for the first time since Wilma Unlimited , Kathleen Krull and David Diaz deliver a visually stunning, fascinating birth-to-death account of this true American Princess.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: ""Picture-book treatments of Pocahontas have been rarer than novel-length titles, and it's not hard to see why. Between the increasingly high standards for sensitive, nonreductive portrayals of Native American culture and the picture book's inherent constraints, both of length and of reading level, the tale of the Powhatan princess who rescues Jamestown's settlers is full of challenges. So how does this title, which arrives just in time for the colony's 400th anniversary, chart a course through such choppy waters? The basic concept is admirable. Krull, whose previous picture-book biographies introduce Harry Houdini and Victoria Woodhull, moves beyond the narrow slice of the story presented in the Disney version, positioning Pocahontas' rescue of Captain John Smith from an apparent execution as one aspect of a broader life story. Her narrative sensibly notes that Pocahontas' intervention may have been a kind of role-playing, part of some strategy or ritual, then goes on to describe the princess' later capture by Jamestown settlers; her marriage to John Rolfe (not to Smith, a common misconception); and her early death in England, where she was regarded as an example of civilizing British influences. Krull's due diligence is clear from the concluding bibliography, mixing scholarly and children's titles, and she finds unobtrusive ways to bring in cultural facts readers learn that the Powhatans rowed dugout canoes and that women had high status. She also spends several pages characterizing Pocahontas as a young girl, with descriptions of the kind and compassionate . . . clever and fearless daughter of the chief, who perhaps might have joked her way out of chores, all details that will help children to connect with her subject. At other times, in reaching for a lyrical storytelling tone, Krull brushes close to stereotypical notions about noble savages frolicking in the wilderness: And always Pocahontas danced in the moonlight . . . the Powhatan Indians worked so hard each day that they had time for music and dancing almost every night. Readers who look to the endnote to determine the origins of this cultural insight will learn only that  all the information we have on Pocahontas is from English sources and that Krull  tried to make sense of the known facts, with the aid of material in the Sources section. The rest of the endnote deals primarily with the fate of Jamestown. The bibliography provided here is a great first step, but a separate, more comprehensive author's note about the story's blend of fact and fiction with a few specific examples of where the narrative diverges from historical record and where it rests on solid ground would have helped adult recommenders feel better equipped to field children's questions. Specific source notes would also have been helpful, at least for the several lines of main text that appear in quotes. More caution is needed when it comes to the striking artwork in Diaz's immediately familiar style. Making use of cut-paper designs finished on the computer, Diaz presents scenes in a mythic mode, reminiscent of Mayan or Egyptian figures in profile, set against swirls of pattern. Diaz's interpretations are bold, unexpected, and inventive, particularly in the jacket artwork. The front cover features a portrait of the young Pocahontas, braid flowing down one shoulder; flip the book over, and she appears in Elizabethan dress, her spiral facial tattoo ironically echoed in her formally rolled coiffure. However, when evaluating imagery of native peoples, it's impossible to ignore contemporary discussions on the matter, particularly the push toward avoiding pan-Indian representations (a problem beautifully explored by Jon C. Stott in Native Americans in Children's Literature, 1995). Controversy over Susan Jeffers' Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (1991), the cover of which showed a figure in Plains dress even though the text adapted words attributed to a Northwest chief, helped bring this kind of problem to light. Against this backdrop, it's disappointing that Diaz's pictures are too stylized to give readers a good sense of how Powhatan Indians might have actually looked, the environment in which they lived, or the traditions they might have followed. And although it may well be that Diaz researched native Powhatan costume and body decoration, or incorporated authentic Powhatan designs for his decorative borders, in the absence of an illustrator's note, it's impossible to know for sure. Picture-book authors have become increasingly aware of the importance of providing sources for their work, especially when dealing with cultures not their own; the same ought to be true for illustrators, whose contributions share equal burden in shaping children's impressions. Diaz's images also tend to imply a joyous, New Age-influenced oneness with nature that critics from within Native American cultures have long tried to dispel. Before her marriage to Rolfe, Pocahontas appears with blossoms and leaves tumbling from her long braid; in one fairyland-type scene, Powhatans dance in a moonlit grove, feet barely skimming the ground and backlit with a curious golden penumbra. Assuming that few children will possess much prior knowledge of Powhatan culture, a less fanciful approach would probably have been warranted. As an improvement on stock romance, and in light of the timely Jamestown component, this is a title full of good intention, and one with which many librarians will want to fill out their collections on Pocahontas. In light of the cautions cited, though, young readers ought to be encouraged to consider why it might be an entertaining tale more than a definitive portrayal of either the woman or her culture."--"Mattson, Jennifer" Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Radiant illustrations and an attention-grabbing narrative introduce the short life and times of Pocahontas, the spirited Powhatan princess of John Smith fame. Krull and Diaz, who collaborated on Wilma Unlimited, here unite their artistic and storytelling talents to provide an accessible portrait of the Native American girl who helped maintain a fragile peace between her tribe and English colonists. An easygoing and sometimes playful tone draws readers in: "...Pocahontas was quite the royal princess... she knew how to get her own way-as a proper princess must." With speculations based on her research, Krull personalizes the girl who found herself at the crossroads of two cultures. For example, "Princess Pocahontas probably avoided certain jobs. She couldn't be seen burying garbage. Perhaps she helped to make pottery," perhaps she just cartwheeled and joked her way out of chores." Diaz's computer-colorized lithographs glow with vibrant yellow, green and purple hues. Each brown and tan character cut-out emanates a shimmering yellow aura, and faces are always in profile (with the exception of the front and back covers that feature a young and older Pocahontas, respectively). Backing the large, rectangular text blocks and facing illustrations are jungle-like floral motifs that resemble iridescent wallpaper, the organic shapes complementing carefree, dancing images of Pocahontas and her people. A source list and epilogue round out this story of a princess who eventually ended up in England and lived to the age of just 22. Ages 6-11. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Pocahontas, -- -1617 -- Juvenile literature.
Smith, John, -- 1580-1631 -- Juvenile literature.
Rolfe, John, -- 1585-1622 -- Juvenile literature.
Pocahontas, -- -1617.
Smith, John, -- 1580-1631.
Rolfe, John, -- 1585-1622.
Powhatan women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Powhatan Indians -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
Virginia -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Juvenile literature.
Virginia -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Publisher New York :Walker :2007
Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers,
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Contributors Diaz, David.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780802795540 (trade bdg.)
0802795544 (trade bdg.)
9780802795557 (reinforced)
0802795552 (reinforced)
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