Pocahontas: Princess of the New World

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She was the favored daughter of the Chief of the Powhatan Indians, and a girl in motion; always laughing, teasing, and dancing. But from the moment John Smith and the colonists of Jamestown set foot into her world in 1607, her life would change forever. She soon became an ambassador and peace keeper between the Powhatan and the colonists. Because of her curiosity and courage, Pocahontas became the bridge between the two worlds.

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Overview

She was the favored daughter of the Chief of the Powhatan Indians, and a girl in motion; always laughing, teasing, and dancing. But from the moment John Smith and the colonists of Jamestown set foot into her world in 1607, her life would change forever. She soon became an ambassador and peace keeper between the Powhatan and the colonists. Because of her curiosity and courage, Pocahontas became the bridge between the two worlds.

Four hundred years after this world-changing clash of cultures, the true story about America's original "Founding Mother" is finally revealed. Reunited for the first time since Wilma Unlimited, Kathleen Krull and David Diaz deliver a visually stunning, fascinating birth-to-death account of this true American Princess.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Radiant illustrations and an attention-grabbing narrative introduce the short life and times of Pocahontas, the spirited Powhatan princess of John Smith fame. Krull and Diaz, who collaborated on Wilma Unlimited, here unite their artistic and storytelling talents to provide an accessible portrait of the Native American girl who helped maintain a fragile peace between her tribe and English colonists. An easygoing and sometimes playful tone draws readers in: "...Pocahontas was quite the royal princess... she knew how to get her own way-as a proper princess must." With speculations based on her research, Krull personalizes the girl who found herself at the crossroads of two cultures. For example, "Princess Pocahontas probably avoided certain jobs. She couldn't be seen burying garbage. Perhaps she helped to make pottery . . . perhaps she just cartwheeled and joked her way out of chores." Diaz's computer-colorized lithographs glow with vibrant yellow, green and purple hues. Each brown and tan character cut-out emanates a shimmering yellow aura, and faces are always in profile (with the exception of the front and back covers that feature a young and older Pocahontas, respectively). Backing the large, rectangular text blocks and facing illustrations are jungle-like floral motifs that resemble iridescent wallpaper, the organic shapes complementing carefree, dancing images of Pocahontas and her people. A source list and epilogue round out this story of a princess who eventually ended up in England and lived to the age of just 22. Ages 6-11. (May)

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Kirkus Reviews
Lush jewel tones illustrate this exploration of the short life of one of the most intriguing figures of colonial American history. Extrapolating from the English sources that are the only documentary accounts of Pocahontas's life, Krull imagines her subject as a spirited, willful child, very conscious of her status as daughter of Chief Powhatan, and curious enough to engage with the new arrivals at Jamestown. Conjecture surrounds the central event in what has become the Pocahontas myth. The narrative economically continues the intertwined stories of Pocahontas's maturation and the travails of the white settlers, depicting a woman forced by circumstance into the role she played but nevertheless accepting it with grace and intelligence. Diaz's stylized illustrations are undeniably gorgeous; however, his rendering of Pocahontas is one of idealized beauty, fuzzy outlines relegating her back to the world of mythology and working against the carefully balanced text. They lack the specificity of Rosalyn Schanzer's illustrations in John Smith Escapes Again (2006) and leave the question of authenticity unresolved. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802795540
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 3/20/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 972,109
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHLEEN KRULL is an acclaimed biographer for young readers. Her books have received rave reviews and won numerous awards, including the Boston Globe/ Horn Book Honor Award. She is also the author of Houdini and A Woman for President. Kathleen lives in San Diego, California, with her husband. www.kathleenkrull.com

DAVID DIAZ attended the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. His illustrations for Smoky Night by Eve Bunting won the Caldecott Medal in 1995. David currently lives in Carlsbad, California.

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