Title: Doe SiaDoe Sia
Author: Kenneth Thomasma
Illustrator: Rusty Talbot
Pages: 203
Reading Level: 8 & up
Star Rating: ★★

Pioneers and Indians meet in this unique story.

The Story.

Doe Sia, a young Indian girl, becomes known for her bravery when she and her dog, Otterdog, save a little boy from drowning. On the other side of the Atlantic, young Emma saves a man from burning in a conflagration. Although neither of them knows it, they will soon meet.

Emma’s family decides to travel to America and then migrate west to begin a new life. Their trail takes them past the camp of Doe Sia’s people, many of whom come out to trade with the pioneers. It is here that Doe Sia and Emma meet, becoming quick friends through their love of animals. When they wave goodbye to one another, neither knows that they will soon be meeting under far more desperate circumstances.

When Emma becomes separated from the cart train, she is helpless and afraid. Worse, a blizzard begins to blow. And then Doe Sia finds her – can the two of them survive?

Discussion.

The story alternates between the life of Emma and Doe Sia. Each are strong, courageous girls who are heroes in their own right. Doe Sia is an Indian who worships the Great Spirit. Emma and her family are Mormons who are traveling west.

It really is a pity, that. Emma and her siblings are kind, considerate, and responsible. They pray when they are in trouble and thank God when they’re out of it. They respect their mother and other adults. But all of these excellent character qualities are exhibited in the name of the Mormon religion.

The preface contains a pretty complete history of the Mormons. Then the story begins. Emma and her family are from Denmark. Her father is a Mormon missionary from England. He died a year before the story begins, and so the rest of the family is completely under the leadership of the Mormon elders. The elders decide to emigrate to America and travel to the settlement in Salt Lake City. From thence forward, every time the company is referred to it is under the appellation of “Saints”. The Saints this, the Saints that. The Elders said, the Elders commanded. And Saints, Saints, Saints, and more Saints.

Now other than these two, no doctrines of the Mormons are actually stated.

The girls eat raw meat in order to survive.

Conclusion. I wish a story could be written with as interesting a storyline about Christian children. It would definitely be worth reading.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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