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Edwidge Danticat, the award-winning, best-selling author of THE FARMING OF BONES and KRIK? KRAK! offers a powerful addition to The Royal Diaries series with the story of Haiti's heroic queen Anacaona.

With her signature narrative grace, Edwidge Danticat brings Haiti's beautiful queen Anacaona to life. Queen Anacaona was the wife of one of her island's rulers, and a composer of songs and poems, making her popular among her people. Haiti was ...

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Overview

Edwidge Danticat, the award-winning, best-selling author of THE FARMING OF BONES and KRIK? KRAK! offers a powerful addition to The Royal Diaries series with the story of Haiti's heroic queen Anacaona.

With her signature narrative grace, Edwidge Danticat brings Haiti's beautiful queen Anacaona to life. Queen Anacaona was the wife of one of her island's rulers, and a composer of songs and poems, making her popular among her people. Haiti was relatively quiet until the Spanish conquistadors discovered the island and began to settle there in 1492.
The Spaniards treated the natives very cruelly, and when the natives revolted, the Spanish governor of Haiti ordered the arrests of several native nobles, including Anacaona, who was eventually captured and executed, to the horror of her people.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780439499064
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Royal Diaries Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2004

    Excellent new Royal Diaries book.

    Anacaona's story begins in the year 1490 when she is about sixteen years old. Her uncle is the cacique, or supreme ruler, of their province of Xaragua, located in what is now Haiti. Anacaona and her older brother, Behechio, have been raised to become the future rulers of Xaragua. But Anacaona gives up her birthright to marry Caonabo, the cacique of the nearby province of Maguana. Anacaona loves her husband and is happy in her marriage, and her joy only increases after the birth of their daughter, Higuamota. But life for their people is about to change forever when strange pale-faced men arrive from the sea and threaten their way of life and their very survival. The author has done an excellent job at bringing to life Anacaona and her Taino people, and their life before and after the arrival of European explorers. This book shows how tragic the 'discovery' of the Americas ultimately was for these native people, who were nearly all decimated within a few decades of Columbus's arrival. This book is an excellent addition to the Royal Diaries series, but it is not really for younger readers of the series. Due to some of the content, I would recommend it more to teen readers who enjoy this series or who are interested in this subject.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I dont know why people would waste their time to write a comment about history when they are so clueless about. The name haiti existed long before. It means high mountain and it was given that name by the the by the native indians that lived there....please people, educate yourself before posting comment so you dont make a fool of yourself

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Well written

    I enjoyed the whole series very much. There are only about 2 or 3 books that were tedious or boring because the writer wasn't a good pick, this one was not one of them.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    Love this Book, then and now.

    I read this book years ago, and i can still remember plenty of the abundant details this wonder author supplied. I really recommend this book for anyone that enjoy bright, vibrant books about this era, but can stand the darker side of it. And to the people that have read the other reviews, the island of Hispaniola has two countries, Haiti being one of them. Just because this story is way before the actual country of Haiti was created, doesn't mean that the island wasn't there, and that this isn't set in the area. This book is very actuate in my view, and I want everyone possible to read it. It's wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Haiti Did Exist

    I just feel it's important to point out that the name Haiti comes from the the indigenous people's name for the island, so all the reviewers that are saying that the book is historically inaccurate based on this alone need to re-learn their history. I've read many of the Royal Diaries books and loved them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Haiti did not exist then

    To say that Anacaona was from Haiti is completely wrong since Haiti was not in existence when the Spaniards colonized the Island known originally as Hispaniola and much later divided when African slaves, some set free by their masters and some that escaped, fled to that side of the island because it was vertually impenetrable thus making it safe as a refuge. After the French and Dutch were forced out by Spanish conquerors, the western side of the island now inhabited by the free slaves was taken over and colonized by the French, hence the French-Creole language presently spoken in that country. Just figured I would give some correct historical facts as to the setting or set up of the Island back in 1492 when Colombus arrived.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    A good history book

    I enjoyed reading how it was like for Indians to live in those times. All the hurricane damage! That must of been frightening for people back then. The book is mainely about Anacaona and her close reletives. It talks about her life before and after she married Canoabo, a distant chief. However, the book highly critzed and potrayed the Spaniards as cruel, barbaric savages. And also, this book gives a false picture of the Indians living back then, not all was peace and happiness. And the Spaniards would of come eventually, so no sense in slamming what would of come. And God did allow the Spaniards in there, and some good did come out of it, though the book does not mention it, and some bad things happened. But over all, I enjoyed this book and it's one of the better royal diaries, you just have to read with a perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    Poor facts!!

    This book does not have the right facts. Anacaona was an Indian from the island of Hispanola. This is before the island was called Santo Domingo or Haiti.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2005

    Boring as a Rock

    This book was about the most boring book I've ever read. It was totally unrealistic and if you analyzed the timeline and when Anacoana had her baby, it would not be correct. It was just plain terrible.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    One of the BEST Royal Diaries Books EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book was outstanding!!!!!! I loved the tales,the tropical setting and food,the cerimonies,her daughter,and the way they fought the spanish,and just Anacaona herself,and her life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Excellent book!

    ANACAONA, GOLDEN FLOWER was a absolutely excellent book! I would say that out of all the ROYAL DIARIES I've read (I've read all but four of them) this has been the best! I would definitely suggest that you read this book. It is truly excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Anacaona, Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490

    the writer did a great job on explaning Anacaona` teen years.for the royal direies I thought Marie Antoinette was the best of all.Until Anacaona was writen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    Anacaona, Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490

    out of all the books on royal diaries this is the best(the best of the nest!).the auther did a great job on explaneing the story(but not to the point that it`s boring)and the characters.

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