Hiawatha: Messenger of Peace

Dennis Brindell Fradin, Author, Arnold Jacobs, Illustrator Margaret K. McElderry Books $16 (48p) ISBN 978-0-689-50519-5
In Fradin's enlightening work, readers will learn about the real Hiawatha. This courageous, kind man--and inspiring speaker--ensured the survival of his people for 300 years after his death. The author recounts the childhood of this celebrated Iroquois Indian, the tragic murder of his family, stet comma and the incredible strength and forgiveness he found within himself to become a peacemaker between his people's fighting tribes. Hiawatha and a Canadian Indian named Degandawida encouraged the Iroquois to form their own government, which , in turn, created tranquility and humanity throughout that nation. Unlike literary works that describe Hiawatha as godlike or supernatural, this text accurately explains the role he has played in our history. Although Fradin's research and intent are admirable, his prose evinces a flat, pedestrian tone. And while some of the historical illustrations prove absorbing, others seem dry and uninformative. Ages 7-11. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/31/1992
Release date: 09/01/1992
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