Book Review by Adam Boczek
Grade 3, St. William School, Calgary
I have read many books this month and it was hard to choose the only one to write about. Finally, I have made a decision. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson is a great book about indigenous people who send us a very important message.
At the beginning of the story, there is a war between five tribes. Hiawatha, the main character and storyteller, is the person who lost the whole family and can think only of revenge. Then, something unbelievable happens. He meets the Peacemaker who changes his heart. Hiawatha starts to believe that peace is better than war and forgiveness is better than hatred. However, it is not the end of the story. Both of them have to convince the tribes to stop fighting and to reunite. Does this plan succeed or fail? To know the answer, you will have to check the book by yourself. Also, I cannot forget to mention, that the illustrations made by David Shannon are very expressive, colorful and breathtaking paintings.
After reading this story, one thought came to my mind: “You cannot live in peace without forgiveness.”
For those who are interested in democracy, please see a Historical Note at the end of the book and also go to YouTube and search Hiawatha – Government for the People – Extra History – #1 and #2.
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