The double life of Pocahontas

Author: Jean Fritz
Illustrator: NA
Publisher: Puffin
Year: 2002
Grade level: 2-5 (amazon.com)

SOL:

K.1The student will recognize that history describes events and people of other times and places by
a)identifying examples of past events in legends, stories, and historical accounts of Powhatan, Pocahontas, George Washington, Betsy Ross, and Abraham Lincoln;

Summary: Most everyone has seen the movie of Pocahontas, but is that what really happened? No! This book is one of the few children’s books which gives an accurate description of the life of Pocahontas. Torn between two different peoples, Pocahontas had to make the hard decision of staying with her native American family or going with John Smith. This book truly shows her struggles and the impact her relationship with John Smith had on her people and his.

I chose this book most importantly for its accurate information. There were other books about the same topic that I looked at but they had incorrect information. I also like how in this book both perspectives are given.

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