Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

eBook - 2015
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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: 9781613128480
Characteristics: 1 online resource (48 unnumbered pages) : color illustrations
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Additional Contributors: Shannon, David - Illustrator

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Nov 27, 2018

Incredibly beautiful and profound book! An absolute must read! Robbie Robertson is a brilliant story teller, and David Shannon's illustrations are just perfect.

Oct 22, 2018

Brilliant retelling by Robbie Robertson who shares the importance of oral traditions in his acknowledgment section at the back of the book, which is nearly as intriguing as the story itself. David Shannon's oil paintings are stunning! Every child has been affected by the Great Law of Peace and parents are wells served by introducing alternative models of democratic governance to their children at any age.

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.

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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