Reviews for Sequoyah : Inventor of Written Cherokee

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 July

Gr 5-8-- Basel discusses the persecution and criticism Sequoyah faced--even from his wife, who burned down his house to stop him from working on the project--while persistently trying to capture the sounds of his language on paper. Seemingly to meet the 100-page assignment requirement for many students, a spacious 6-page "Life and Times" time line compares events in Sequoyah's life to world events. The book includes colorful period paintings, scanned primary-source documents, and modern-day color photographs on topics related to the Cherokee tribe. Sidebars are scattered throughout with sometimes oversimplified definitions or explanations of related topics, e.g., "The Delaware Indians were a group of Native Americans who had once lived along the Delaware River." While probably not a top choice for pleasure reading, this book adequately fulfills report needs. It has more detail than C. Ann Fitterer's Sequoyah: Native American Scholar (The Child's World, 2002).--Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

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