When the Breath Maker took pity on the sea turtle, giving him land to rest on, the turtle took deep breaths-cracking his smooth round shell. From out of the cracks came the people. Following this creation story come the history, way of life, and ceremonies of the Seminoles. Read how they earned the name of "the people who never surrender." The Seminoles' way of life and proud history are beautifully illustrated in watercolor.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-A stylistically superior book written in a clear expository manner and complemented by Himler's painterly illustrations. Sneve asserts that ``Like the white men, they [the Seminole] had black slaves, but they treated their slaves with respect...The blacks had been trained in agriculture on white plantations, and this knowledge helped the Seminole farmers thrive.'' This seems to slight both the Africans and Indians' millenia of farming practices. On the whole, though, the text is good and covers the Seminole Wars; Osceola; and such aspects of life as clothing, children, the Green Corn Dance, and the Seminoles today. A map of current lands precedes the narrative, but there is no map of their historical territory or current population figures. Himler's illustrations are the book's high point. Although he has a tendency toward indistinct rendering of his subjects' facial features, his figures and landscapes are both aesthetically pleasing and pertinent to the discussion. Overall, this is an inviting and readable title, with plenty of information for reports.-M. Colleen McDougall, Kayenta Boarding School, AZ