This is mostly fiction. But the author did state that in between the verified written historical documents, "I used my imagination." Her imagination certainly ran wild, to the point the book became obnoxious. I didn't finish it. I couldn't. I had already read "The Story of Pocahontas" by Charles Dudley Warner. Warner relied on historical documents for his account. I could identify with this approach. Watson seemed more of a work of fiction, with her characters actually having conversations with each other. One is left wondering, how did the author know what they said? It was too unbelievable. Today it would qualify for a children's cartoon.
I am a woman whose great grandmother was a Penobscot Indian from the State of Maine. I now live in Florida where one of my tennis partners nicknamed me Pocahontas because of my braids and my politics. I was curious about her life and was so taken by her life story. Virgina Watson is to be commended for her wonderful informative book.
I'm not sure how much this book stays true to history, but I really enjoyed it. The story follows Pocahontas and John Smith as they try to bring peace between the new city of Jamestown and the established homes of the tribes. I read a few reviews on other websites regarding this book, some claiming specific events to come from John Smith's own journals, but others criticized that it wasn't accurate. Whether it is fiction or not, I would recommend this book to anyone even if it wasn't free.
This is a very interesting, detailed and educated story. This book was originally for reading to my three year old to put him to sleep, -and it DOES put him to sleep- but it gets pretty graphic so I just ended up reading it myself. Having read and watched several versions of Pocahontas, I didn't expect to be impressed by this one, but I was. It really explains the native american culture, and way of thinking, and how it contrasts with the "white man's" culture. It really is worth the download.
A well written historical novel. Thankfully, the author never included the death of Pocahontas, it would have ruined the story for young readers. However the fortune teller Wansutis did cryptically foretold of Pocahontas death.
I am currently performing in the musical the Legend of Pocahontas with CYT, Christian Youth Theater. It is the true story. So my mother got this book. It is similar to our musical, though in here there is no eagle and no Keokum. I liked the book, though if it is true or not I have no idea.