Wild Rose: Nancy Ward and the Cherokee Nation

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There is nothing, to me, that can put a bearable face on America's treatment of its original occupants, the Indians. But Furbee's account seems to be a very good try in this biographical account for "young adults." The motto that governed Nanye-Hi's treatment both of whites and her own people was—"The same house shelters us and the same sky covers us all." Nanye-Hi, the heroine, is eight years old when the book begins, and the final scene is on her deathbed, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. The make-up of the book should be accessible to young readers—language, type and binding. The book includes a bibliography and an index. 2001, Morgan Reynolds, $20.95. Ages 11 up. Reviewer: Carolyn DCL Michaels
Nancy Ward was a Cherokee Ghigha, or Beloved Woman, who was a warrior and an advisor to her people from before the French and Indian War to her death in 1822. An afterword describes the Trail of Tears in 1838 and what happened to the Cherokee Nation. She fought with her tribe, was one of the most vocal peacemakers, and faced constant disappointment as the Cherokee Nation was divided when treaties were broken. She witnessed many historic meetings and speeches as both the French and British lobbied for Cherokee loyalty and land. This serviceable biography will help fill a niche for middle school reports, although mediocre writing mars what could otherwise be exciting choices for girls seeking unusual historic figures to write about. It quotes extensively from speeches and documents, and although there is an extensive bibliography, there are no footnotes for a scholar to find the entire speech. A chronology and a glossary also would have been helpful. It provides a nice addition to an area that is sparse for middle school students, but better writing would have made this book fly off the shelf. Index. Illus. Biblio. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2002, Morgan Reynolds, 112p. PLB
— Hillary Theyer
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Consulting numerous sources, Furbee has woven a linear, somewhat romanticized story that captures both the adventure and scope of her subject's life. Born during the 1737 smallpox epidemic that killed half of her people, Ward was given the name Nanye-hi for Nunne'hi, the legendary name of the Spirit People of the Cherokee, and seemed to be destined for something great. As an adult, she became a heroic and respected leader who was chosen by the clans as Ghigha, or Beloved Woman of the Cherokee. In that capacity she headed the Women's Council and sat on the Council of Chiefs. She later became a peace advocate who adopted the ways of the white settlers; they called her Nancy Ward when she married a white trader. The style is lively, engaging, and accessible, and the story is fascinating. Small black-and-white maps, line drawings, and spot art are included. Surprisingly, there are few biographies on this important figure. Pat Alderman's Nancy Ward: Cherokee Chieftainess, Dragging Canoe, Cherokee-Chickamauga War Chief (1978) concentrates on the tensions between Ward and her warrior cousin whereas Charlotte Ellington's Beloved Mother: The Story of Nancy Ward (1994, both Overmountain) is a much more fictionalized account. A useful addition to biography sections for middle and high school collections.-Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883846718
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Women of the Frontier Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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