Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

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Hiawatha, a Mohawk, is plotting revenge for the murder of his wife and daughters by the evil Onondaga Chief, Tadodaho, when he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists his help in bringing the nations together to share his vision of a new way of life marked by peace, love, and unity rather than war, hate, and fear. Includes historical notes.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015
ISBN: 9781419712203
1419712209
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio,accompanying audio disc
digital,optical,stereo,accompanying audio disc
48 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Additional Contributors: Shannon, David - Illustrator

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WAJorgensen
Jul 16, 2017

My 9-year-old grandson and I enjoyed reading this book together. We both love the story, which has similarities to the stories he hears at church (Christian Orthodox), about peace, forgiveness, and healing. The illustrations are fantastic, bold and emotionally charged. The story itself is told with Robbie Robertson's characteristic mastery of artistic language. I would recommend this highly for all children (elementary and older) and the adults in their lives.

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skyekilaen
Nov 19, 2016

Robbie Robertson is of Mohawk and Cayuga descent. In this book, he shares a story he heard growing up. It's based on true historical figures, and it's about how the oldest known participatory democracy on Earth was formed. It's also about personal healing after tragedy and turning away from violence.

The writing works so well because Robertson focuses in on his two title characters, and most deeply on Hiawatha, a man struggling with pain and grief due to the murder of his family. He agrees to travel with the Peacemaker and help him share a vision of peace even though he doesn't believe it yet himself. His emotional journey during the book is profoundly real. It takes him over half the book to even remember the joy of his lost family, instead of being consumed by anger.

Despite these big themes, it's totally appropriate for elementary school aged children. They may not get the full depth of emotion here that adults will, but the message of peace and forgiveness will come though clearly. It's also absolutely gorgeous. David Shannon absolutely wins here. So many of the pages could be paintings hanging in an art museum.

(If you're familiar with Longfellow's poem about Hiawatha, don't get confused. Longfellow got the name of his character totally wrong, as well as many other details.)

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