Sequoyah: Inventor of Written Cherokeeby Roberta Basel, Basel
The United States was growing at a rapid pace. For the settlers who were pushing west to the frontier and the Native Americans who were protecting their lands, life was filled with danger and difficulties. People who wove their way into history overcame their challenges with a courage that defined an era and shaped a nation. Sequoyah, a Cherokee Indian, is best
The United States was growing at a rapid pace. For the settlers who were pushing west to the frontier and the Native Americans who were protecting their lands, life was filled with danger and difficulties. People who wove their way into history overcame their challenges with a courage that defined an era and shaped a nation. Sequoyah, a Cherokee Indian, is best known for inventing a system of writing for the Cherokee language. In 1821, after more than a decade of work, he succeeded in creating a set of symbols to represent the sounds of spoken Cherokee. The new written language was easy to learn and helped boost ethnic pride. Sequoyah won the respect of his people and was soon operating as a delegate in Cherokee dealings with the United States. He died in 1843 on a mission to unify the Cherokee people.
Basel discusses the persecution and criticism Sequoyah faced-even from his wife, who burned down his house to stop him from working on the project-while persistently trying to capture the sounds of his language on paper. Seemingly to meet the 100-page assignment requirement for many students, a spacious 6-page "Life and Times" time line compares events in Sequoyah's life to world events. The book includes colorful period paintings, scanned primary-source documents, and modern-day color photographs on topics related to the Cherokee tribe. Sidebars are scattered throughout with sometimes oversimplified definitions or explanations of related topics, e.g., "The Delaware Indians were a group of Native Americans who had once lived along the Delaware River." While probably not a top choice for pleasure reading, this book adequately fulfills report needs. It has more detail than C. Ann Fitterer's Sequoyah: Native American Scholar (The Child's World, 2002).
Madeline J. BryantCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
Roberta Basel began her literary career as an editor for a children’s nonfiction publishing company. She became an author in 2004 and has written several children’s books since then. In addition to writing, Roberta serves as a freelance editor, proofreader, and fact-checker. She lives in southern Minnesota with her husband, Dustin, and their son, William.
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