Hiawatha and the Peacemaker Hardcover – Sep 8 2015
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"Hiawatha and the Peacemaker adds a much-needed, authentic Native American voice to children’s literature. Its message of peace and Shannon’s incredible art make for a winning combination."
"Robertson offers a beautifully retold version of this tale...[t]he bright colors of Shannon’s full-page spreads add depth and volume, giving readers greater understanding."
About the Author
David Shannon is the beloved author and illustrator of numerous bestselling books for children, including the Caldecott Honor book No, David! He lives in Los Angeles.
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When Robbie was only nine years old his mother took him to hear an elder tell the story of Hiawatha which dated back from the 14th century.
The elder has his audience spellbound as he pours forth how Hiawatha is strong and articulate and is chosen by the Peacemaker to spread unity and peace amongst the five warring Iroquois nations.
Hiawatha's entire family has just been killed in a raid by the evil and dreaded Onondaga chief, Tadodaho. When the Peacemaker approaches Hiawatha he is in a state of shock and solitude and his one desire is to seek revenge on Tadodaho and his tribe. The gentle and persuasive Peacemaker convinces him that there is a much better way. He urges Hiawatha to be moved not by warring and destruction but by forgiveness and peace. He asks Hiawatha to take that peace that he can find deep down in his heart to the other tribes lest they all destroy each other in their violent acts of terror.
The pair travel together in the Peacemaker's stone canoe to the Mohawk, Cayuga, Seneca, Oneida, and Onondaga tribes. It is not an easy task to convince these strong, brave but unforgiving warriors to cast aside their weapons, put away their bitterness towards each other, and join together as one. Finally, overcoming many barriers and difficulties, they vanquish resistance and lay down the foundation of the1722 Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy.
The power of the spirit and unconditional love is so strongly presented that even the wicked, disfigured and evil Tadodaho is touched and transformed.Read more ›