Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"The Captive Princess: a Story Based on the Life of Young Pocahontas" by Wendy Lawton: book review

ISBN: 978-0-8024-7640-1
Paperback: $6.99
Author, Wendy Lawton, has written a detailed, informative biographical novel of the historical person, Pocahontas, from the early settlement period of American History.  It is written for the young 8-12 year old reader or reluctant reader and will engage them in the activities and conversations of the characters as well as the subtle historical facts that they will surely glean from a reading of this tale.

This particular rendering of the tale of Pocahontas does not sensationalize nor create a "fairy tale" of sorts out of the life of a young daughter of Chief Powhatan, a "Princess" in real life. The story shows her living a life respected as the chief's daughter and as one who receives special attention and favor by all.

Her interest in the English ship and it's inhabitants who begin living on the shore develops into a concern for and friendship with them and in particular with John Smith whose life she saves.  Carefully researched by Wendy Lawton, the historical information is reliable and interesting.  There is a glossary of Powhatan words as well as a listing of names and places which are helpful in enabling the reader to fully understand about which person and which place they are currently reading.

The Captive Princess is only one of the eight books in Wendy Lawton's Daughter of the Faith series. This is my second book in the series to review.  You may read my review of Almost Home by clicking here.  I highly recommend the series for the young or reluctant reader.  These are historically accurate and well written books.

DISCLOSURE:  I received a complimentary copy of "The Captive Princess" by Wendy Lawton from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  There was no requirement for a positive review.

1 comment:

  1. This book should keep their interest. I wish these were around when I was young. In fact, I wouldn't mind reading this one right now!


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