School Library JournalGr 1-3-Each of these books contains simple, large-type print with plenty of white space. There is usually one picture or illustration on every spread, and the illustrations are either photographs or what appear to be hand-tinted engravings. Unfortunately, the texts are a bit wooden. The first paragraph in the first book reads: "Pocahontas is a famous peacemaker. She helped early American settlers get along with American Indians. Another word for American Indian is Native American." Isn't that two words? The book does go on to explain that Pocahontas may have saved John Smith's life and later married John Rolfe and sailed to England where she died at the age of 22. Sitting Bull describes the leader's attempt to save his people's way of life, the Battle of Little Big Horn, and his death. These books are accurate per se and will be useful for young researchers or beginning readers but they lack the competent writing of Joseph Bruchac's A Boy Called Slow (Philomel, 1995) or even David A. Adler's A Picture Book of Sitting Bull (Holiday, 1993; o.p.).-Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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