The Double Life of Pocahontas

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In a story that is as gripping as it is historical, Jean Fritz reveals the true life of Pocahontas. Though at first permitted to move freely between the Indian and the white worlds, Pocahontas was eventually torn between her new life and the culture that shaped her.

A biography of the famous American Indian princess, emphasizing her life-long adulation of John Smith and the roles she played in two very different cultures.

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Overview

In a story that is as gripping as it is historical, Jean Fritz reveals the true life of Pocahontas. Though at first permitted to move freely between the Indian and the white worlds, Pocahontas was eventually torn between her new life and the culture that shaped her.

A biography of the famous American Indian princess, emphasizing her life-long adulation of John Smith and the roles she played in two very different cultures.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Fans of Fritz's lively nonfiction will be disappointed that this audio adaptation falls a bit flat. Perhaps Hughes is fettered by the historically accurate style of Fritz's prose, which is smoothly crafted but lacks dramatic dialogue. Hughes is primarily cast in the role of narrator, having little actual character work available to her to add color. Overall, her reading, though pleasant, is placid and restrained. Some listeners may draw comparisons with the experience of hearing a not particularly dynamic elementary school teacher reading a book to the class: one can follow and enjoy the tale, but the reader doesn't bring much to the story other than to act as a conduit for the author's text. Ages 9-up. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This real story of a woman caught between two cultures may be very useful to counter the current Disney version of her life. Pocahontas as readers learn was exploited by her own people as well as her friends in the "white" world. Award winning author, Fritz, has an knack for presenting historical facts in an engaging and informative way.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7 - Jean Fritz's award-winning book (Putnam, 1983) provides an historically accurate account of the life of Pocahontas. The favored daughter of Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas finds herself torn between two worlds when the British settlers come to Jamestown and she becomes a link between the two diverse cultures. In a move engineered to save the life of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas performs a ritual that marks Smith as her kinsman-a relationship she honors with devotion but that he does not truly understand. Her father's appetite for weapons and the British need for food and desire for wealth led to multiple conflicts in which the princess was used as a pawn by both sides. Pocahontas left no written record of her experiences, and much of the information presented in the book has been gleaned from Smith's journals. While there is very little dialogue, narrator Melissa Hughes does an excellent job of varying her voice to express emotion and hold listeners' interest. This well-written account of Pocahontas's life will educate youngsters.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698119352
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 130,686
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

"The question I am most often asked," Jean Fritz says, "is how do I find my ideas? The answer is: I don't. Ideas find me. A character in history will suddenly step right out of the past and demand a book. Generally people don't bother to speak to me unless there's a good chance that I'll take them on." Throughout almost four decades of writing about history, Jean Fritz has taken on plenty of people, starting with George Washington in The Cabin Faced West (1958). Since then, her refreshingly informal historical biographies for children have been widely acclaimed as "unconventional," "good-humored," "witty," "irrepressible," and "extraordinary."

In her role as biographer, Jean Fritz attempts to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character she researches. "Once my character and I have reached an understanding," she explains, "then I begin the detective work—reading old books, old letters, old newspapers, and visiting the places where my subject lived. Often I turn up surprises and of course I pass these on." It is her penchant for making distant historical figures seem real that brings the characters to life and makes the biographies entertaining, informative, and filled with natural child appeal.

An original and lively thinker, as well as an inspiration to children and adults, Jean Fritz is undeniably a master of her craft. She was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her "substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature," and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2006

    Boooooooooooring

    I really didn't like this book!We had to read it for school.Half the time I wasn't even listening.But,if you like that stuff it's ok,I guess.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Ehh

    I didnt like this book at ALL its really boring if you dont like to read about history. We had to read it for school and my classmates difnt like it. Good book if you looking for 1600 type fir stuff. Itherwise dont fread it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Good history book

    I liked the book it had good details but not my favorite

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It was exiting and fun and really helped me with my Jamestown test at school today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Anoymous

    Love the book and the movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Good book

    Its a really great bok. Full of exitment and suspense. I couldnt stop reading it. Pocahontas is a free spirited girl who loves to help people. Her curiosity invites her to meet Captian John Smith. She feels he has left her world when an English slave tells her of an accident that he think has killed him. Years later they meet back up but she is mad at him for sending her no word that he was alive. She is brought to England through a marriage. Read the book and find out what happens in between the basic events and find out who else is involved in the story.-nook lover

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Shot and sweet

    Nice book bu a tad short. Makes me wonder if it's the real book.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    amazing

    this was a riviting book you have got to read it. the true stiry is well..... true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2005

    Pretty Good

    I read this book and I did a Book Report on it and it was a little boring but intersesting a tiny tiny bit it wasn't that great but it was pretty good for an olden days kinda book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2004

    It was okay.

    The book is pretty good. It is about a Native American Girl called Pocahontas and her father adopted an English man. Then the English lied to Pocahontas and said John was dead. It was okay.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2002

    Okay

    This book was okay except for it was jampacked with facts which was cool.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    Pocahantas who?

    The double life of pocahontous writen by jean fritz was an excellent book! its about a young indian girl who lives in the northern american woods where it is humble and enlightened with the picefull bliss of paradice. With her tribe they stay near the eastern coast. Every thing is fine and dandie until a ship of english men come to build a settelment so that they can expand their empier. soon the english man (Jhon Smith) meets the indian princess (Pocahontous) and they become friends. If you are at all intrested than you should definetly read this book itwill be worth your time! I give this book 5 stars

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2000

    Great Book!

    I've only got 2 chapters to go and I can't wait to finish it! In social studies we are learning about the first colonies and they went over pocahantos briefly and I got interested so I found this book to read! It is a very well written book!

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