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Sequoyah

by Lillie Patterson
80 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Nienna

Good, interesting read.

Plot

Full Title - Seqoyah: The Cherokee Who Captured Words.

In the early 1800s, Sequoyah, a Cherokee Indian, dreamed of creating a way to write the Cherokee language and to that end worked for hours in a little hut. But, for his daughter Ayokeh, vainly defending her father's reputation to the other village children, life was not so easy. She joins Sequoyah's work, and this is the story of their facing great odds to give the Cherokee nation a written language.

Morality

Good. The father instructs the girl to love her friends even when they make fun of her, to not get angry at their neighbors, and to respect her mother. All of them care deeply about the welfare of their family and work for that above their personal desires. Persistence in what one knows is right, even through great opposition, is a key theme.

Spiritual Content

The Bible, magic spells, spirits, and such things are mentioned, but not particularly believed in by the main family.

Violence

A building is purposefully burned down and a pet rooster dies.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Sequoyah might smoke a pipe, but no other content.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

This is a delightful, interesting story with good morals. It is true that Sequoyah taught the written Cherokee language to his daughter, whose name was Ayokeh, and that she helped him demonstrate the language's usefulness. It is an enjoyable read even for those under its intended age group.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 8-10

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