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Age: Over 65
4 Stars Out Of 5
True rendering of the tale of Pocahontas
September 4, 2012
Age: Over 65
Author, Wendy Lawton, has written a detailed, informative biographical novel of the historical person, Pocahontas, from the early settlement period of American History. It is written for the young 8-12 year old reader or reluctant reader and will engage them in the activities and conversations of the characters as well as the subtle historical facts that they will surely glean from a reading of this tale.
This particular rendering of the tale of Pocahontas does not sensationalize nor create a "fairy tale" of sorts out of the life of a young daughter of Chief Powhatan, a "Princess" in real life. The story shows her living a life respected as the chief's daughter and as one who receives special attention and favor by all.
Her interest in the English ship and it's inhabitants who begin living on the shore develops into a concern for and friendship with them and in particular with John Smith whose life she saves. Carefully researched by Wendy Lawton, the historical information is reliable and interesting. There is a glossary of Powhatan words as well as a listing of names and places which are helpful in enabling the reader to fully understand about which person and which place they are currently reading.
The Captive Princess is only one of the eight books in Wendy Lawton's Daughter of the Faith series. This is my second book in the series to review. I highly recommend the series for the young or reluctant reader. These are historically accurate and well written books.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of "The Captive Princess" by Wendy Lawton from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. There was no requirement for a positive review.
This story is based upon the life of young Pocahontas. Wendy Lawton follows the same format of using a glossary to help readers with words that are important to the story and that need to be explained. Her writing again is engaging and interesting. I could picture what Pocahontas' world was like. I have to admit that I knew very little about Pocahontas until I read this story. It again is a historical novel based on what is known about Pocahontas' life. I was drawn in more by Mary Bunyan's story, but both stories are good reads. They are books that I would feel comfortable with my daughters reading. I know that they will remember who Pocahontas was after reading this story. Heart of Dakota's reading program also recommends this book as part of their 4th-5th grade optional selections for girls. Knowing that confirms to me that this book is appropriate for girls in grades 4-8.
There are 8 books in Ms. Lawton's Daughters of the Faith series. They are each set within 1600-1950. These books could be a great supplement to your homeschool history curriculum or reading for historical/biographical fiction. Some of the stories, I suspect, are more based upon fact than others simply because there are some figures in history that more is known about than others. If you're not homeschooling, I would also recommend these books to parents who have children in school and are looking for good books for their daughters to read.
I highly recommend this series for girls in this age range. Yes, I did say "girls". I happen to be one of those people that believes girls are more likely to be interested in some books than boys--and that the same is true in reverse about other books.
Please note that I received complimentary copies of these books for review from Moody Publishing.
Everyone knows the story of Pocahontas - or at least "a" story of Pocahontas. Pocahontas WAS intelligent, capable, curious, and brave, but real life isnt as palatable or black-and-white as the Disney-ized version of the story. Wendy Lawton continues her "Daughters of Faith" series with "The Captive Princess," a respectful portrayal of Pocahontas and the people of her world, a story that recognizes the ambiguity of life. As the great Powhatans daughter, Pocahontas enjoys both special privilege and responsibility within her family and her tribe. When Englishmen come to the Powhatans shores, Pocahontas is both curious and wary. She knows there will be eagerness and distrust from both those new and those familiar to the land. She works to bring peace and trust between the two, but is betrayed. As she struggles to come to terms with the grayness of all she has experienced, she learns, in the words of a minister who befriends her that, we battle between what we long to be and what we fall back into. When Pocahontas learns to accept Gods forgiveness, she learns how to forgive herself as well."The Captive Princess" is a must read for fans of the "Daughters of Faith" series and new readers alike. Wendy Lawtons well-researched, attention to historic details and her always present glossary of terms make The Captive Princess the perfect choice for a fun read or as part of a larger study of American history.