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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Fall 2015 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Robbie Robertson
Illustrator: David Shannon
ISBN: 9781419712203
Hardcover Price: $19.95

Spun with a deft sense of drama and suspense, this tale is based on an unusual subject: the historical Hiawatha and the legendary Huron prophet known as The Great Peacemaker, as the two bring peace to the Iroquois through the unification of the Five Nations-an alliance of the Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, Cayuga, and Onondaga, peoples. (It became the Six Nations in the 18th century, with the addition of the Tuscarora.) Written by musician-songwriter Robbie Robertson, a member of The Band, who is of Mohawk and Cayuga ancestry, this fascinating piece of history and legend is boldly visualized in oil painting illustration by David Shannon (Caldecott Honor Winner for "No! David"). A CD featuring an original song by Robertson based on the story is included.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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