Sunday, October 05, 2008

Children's Book Monday

Pocahantas: Princess of Faith and Courage
Written by Maja Ledgerwood
Illustrated by Tyson Ledgerwood

This simple story of the life of the Algonquian princess, Pocahantas, will be a sweet addition to your early elementary child's library! It was written by a friend of ours, and we're so thankful she has used her talents to share with us all the life and faith of this often misrepresented historical figure.

With simple prose and watercolor drawings, the story of Pocahantas comes to life with a little-known fact: her original name was Makoata, but she was soon called Pocahantas by her father, Chief Powhatan, because she was so playful and mischevious - it means "Little Wanton"!

Maja portrays the process of Pocahantas' baptism and Christian faith, peppering the story with fun characteristics of the young princess. The illustrations accompany the story with symbols that change from Native American to Christian as the story progresses; my boys particularly enjoyed exploring the symbols and researching their meanings. In fact, the thirty-eight page story concludes with several pages of fact questions, questions for discussion, and notes from the illustrator, explaining his use of the Native American and Christian symbols!

If your library doesn't have this book yet, please request it- what could be more encouraging than an historical story of faith- princess included? (Eliana loves that part!)

Happy Reading!

6 fellow travelers shared:

~nanashouse~ said...

I love being the first to request a book for our library that proclaims our Faith. Thank you for this review.

Wendy said...

thanks for the review!

Sheila said...

That book sounds terrific! I have been looking for books about Native Americans but so many are filled with native spirituality.

Karly said...

Oh, I always "enter!" :-) This sounds great. Since your friend wrote it, did you still get it at the library?

Bethany said...

Miss you all! That picture above is beautiful! Oh, by the way I have an award for you on my blog.
Love to you all,

Jennspiration said...

It's a great book isn't it?! I'm excited to read her next one.

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