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Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Gorgeous picture book brings timely peace message.

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A long-overlooked, still-timely story, which Robbie Robertson first heard as a child from an Iroquois elder, comes to life in stately language and rich, brilliantly colored illustrations. Robertson complements the book's strong, poetic narrative with an audio track, "The Peacemaker," in which he tells another version of the legend. Kids too young to read the book themselves or to understand all the vocabulary will be drawn in by the sound and rhythm of the words, as well as by David Shannon's magnificent illustrations.

Sensitive or nightmare-prone kids may have trouble with some situations, especially the killing of Hiawatha's family, or images, especially of monstrous villains and characters in face paint.

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