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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker Hardcover – Sep 8 2015

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Har/Com edition (Sept. 8 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419712209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419712203
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1.3 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
(Booklist)

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"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."
(School Library Journal)

"Shannon’s penetrating oil paintings expressively capture the initial tension and uncertainty with which these messengers of peace are met, and the tranquility that replaces it...a CD that includes a song written and performed by Robertson underscore the author’s evident emotional connection to this story and passion for passing it on."
(Publishers Weekly)

"Expressive, handsome, and well-documented."
(Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Robbie Robertson was the lead guitarist and primary songwriter of the legendary musical group the Band and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in Los Angeles.

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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By Storywraps TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 28 2015
Format: Hardcover
Robbie Robertson is widely known for his work in the icon group, The Band, and was born of Mohawk and Cayuga decent. He creates a story of Hiawatha, and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, to pass on as part of the Iroquois oral tradition.

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.
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Beautifully illustrated. I've always loved the story of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker and this book certainly brought it to life. I'm so happy that Robbie Robertson shared this story of love and peace with the rest of the world.
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Ordered this as a gift from BWBCanada - it arrived quickly and was in pristine shape. The story itself treats a little-known incident in the history of Canada's First Nations with the European invaders, beautifully illustrated. Have not heard the accompanying CD as it was sealed in the book and it was after all a gift!
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I was a bit concerned becasue the book was supposed to arrive by Mar 14 and I just received it yesterday Mar 29. It is great ..beautiful illustrations and wonderful story.
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Very entertaining and educational. Need more like it. The artwork was terrific. The story captivating.
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well done --good illustration to a story that is always good to hear
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