- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 14, 2007

By Kaneisha M. Goodman, age 10

Friendship Edison Public Charter School, Chamberlain campus

“Pocahontas: Princess of the New World” is a story about Pocahontas’ life growing up as a princess. Princess Pocahontas’ life was free from chores, working and cooking. The only thing Pocahontas was responsible for was living her life fancy-free with everyone else waiting on her, making sure she was happy and wanting nothing. Princess Pocahontas was raised near the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.

As a baby, Princess Pocahontas had many mothers that cared for her. She never knew who her real mother was. She was given baths in cold water every morning to toughen her up. As she grew older, her legs became powerful from her sprinting through the forest. She never went to school. She learned all she needed to know from her elders. She was very smart for her age.

Princess Pocahontas was a curious, brave and courageous girl who enjoyed dancing, laughing, and teasing others. As her life continued, she became more adventurous and wandered off into danger.

Princess Pocahontas runs into danger three times in this story. In one incident, she stumbles into ships and meets the crew. She becomes familiar with the men of the Virginia Colony. The captain teaches her their language, and she, in turn, teaches them her language. When her father learns of her adventures, his men capture the Colonists. Princess Pocahontas saves the captain’s life.

One of the other incidents is similar, and she saves that crew as well, but not before also learning their language and culture. Her last adventure lands her in captivity, and she later learns her captives’ culture and language. Princess Pocahontas also ends up marrying one of the Englishmen and has a son.

I recommend this book to all of my friends and classmates because it’s very interesting and adventurous. After reading this book, I imagined myself being a princess for a day, and it was cool.

This book was written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz.

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