Title: The Story of PocahontasThe Story of Pocahontas
Author: Brian Doherty
Illustrator: Thea Kliros
Pages: 91
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★★

Because I’ve already summarized Pocahontas’ life in my review of Pocahontas by George Sullivan, I will not do so again here. Instead, I’ll comment on the differences between the two books.

Pocahontas tells the story of Pocahontas’ life in a broader, more abstract, impersonal, here’s-the-big-picture style. Pictures are included of modern day monuments and paintings, so the distance between our century and hers is firmly emphasized. The tone is very biographical.

The Story of Pocahontas, on the other hand, concentrates on specific incidents and paints a flesh-and-blood portrait of the girl, Pocahontas. Her story is lived out instead of told. Although the bigger picture of what was moving and shaking in the 1600s is not reported, the pertinent (and fascinating!) story of the struggle for power amongst the Jamestown settlers is included – it provides us with a greater appreciation of the part Pocahontas played in the settlement.

While Pocahontas spends as much time describing Pocahontas’ married life and life in England, The Story of Pocahontas only touches on these briefly, preferring to focus on her role in saving the Jamestown settlement.

Several illustrations are included of Indians in revealing clothes.

Conclusion. A good resource – it will balance the somewhat stilted style of Pocahontas.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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