The Loves of Pocahontas
This illustrated poetry tracing the loves in Pocahontas's life from infancy till her death (b. 1595 d. 1617) as a young adult is written for all ages. Her loves follow the love pattern of English writer C. S. Lewis: affection, friendship, romance, and charity. Though the poetry will likely appeal mostly to adolescent girls, he book is also reader-friendly for adults and recommended by teachers. This is likely due to its historical accuracy and the use of both (1) a Map of Pocahontas's dwelling places and (2) an Appendix of Algonquian words translated into English. This Algonquian Native American young female is best known for her generosity in feeding the hungry English people who arrived uninvited to her homeland and established James Fort on her father's land. Legend commends Pocahontas for her strong willed spirit in assisting Captain John Smith, while occasionally incurring the intense displeasure of her father Chief of the 15 Powhatan tribes. After a brief marriage to the brave Kocoum, Pocahontas was befriended by kind English womenfolk and met her future husband John Rolfe. She traveled with him and their young son Thomas to England to meet King James and Queen Anne, where she was reunited with Captain John Smith for a short memorable visit. The book emphasizes the loving heart that motivated all of Pocahontas's behavior and is dedicated to the beloved deceased adolescent granddaughter of the author. Clara Elizabeth Forrest was born exactly 400 years after Pocahontas (1594/95 & 1994). Pocahontas and Clara were also born and reared in the same Powhatan tribal land area of what is now called Gloucester County, Virginia. It was Clara's love for Pocahontas and interest in attending the 400th Commemoration of the first English settlement in Jamestowne in 2007 that motivated the production of this fascinating short story poetry book.
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