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Children's LiteratureThis book is an excellent summary of the dangers and adventures surrounding the settlement of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America. The book is written in "chapter book" format and reads like a story. The author has included many black-and-white photographs, maps, and drawings. A concise timeline, reference books, web sites, and an index are included as well. "Source Documents" that are the actual writings of John Smith (from a journal) and other Jamestown residents give us insights about the feelings and reactions these people had to the events as they occurred. Many details are given about the arrival of the first three ships, the people onboard the ships, and their struggle to find a suitable site to begin their settlement. The early settlers had many problems—lack of leadership, famine, Indian attacks, and pressures from England. John Smith is depicted as one of the only strong leaders in the early development of Jamestown. The story of the relationship between John Smith and the Indian princess, Pocahontas is told. The importance of Pocahontas to the temporary peace between the natives and the settlers is also included. Although Jamestown struggled, it grew into a bustling town until it was burned during Bacon's Rebellion. The author visits today's Jamestown and tells what visitors to the site can do to experience a bit of the history there. Part of the "In American History" series.