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Po-No-Kah An Indian Tale of Long Ago   By: (1830-1905)

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Po-No-Kah An Indian Tale of Long Ago by Mary Mapes Dodge is a captivating and beautifully written story that takes readers back in time to the era of Native American tribes. Set in the early 17th century, the book provides a glimpse into the fascinating world of the Native Americans, while also exploring universal themes of friendship, love, and the power of nature.

The tale follows the life of Po-No-Kah, a young and fearless Native American boy who, despite facing numerous challenges and obstacles, is determined to prove his mettle to his tribe. As he embarks on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, Po-No-Kah encounters various characters who shape his destiny, including Nah-nee, a courageous young girl who serves as a source of inspiration.

One of the key strengths of this book is Dodge's exceptional storytelling skills. She effortlessly weaves together adventure, folklore, and historical elements, creating an immersive reading experience that transports readers to a different time and place. The author's vivid descriptions of the natural world and the Native American way of life are both insightful and evocative, painting a rich and detailed picture.

Furthermore, Dodge weaves important messages throughout the story. The book explores the importance of respecting and preserving nature, as well as the significance of understanding and appreciating different cultures. Through Po-No-Kah's encounters with settlers and their conflicting beliefs, the author subtly addresses the theme of cultural assimilation while highlighting the beauty of Native American traditions.

The character development in Po-No-Kah An Indian Tale of Long Ago is another aspect that shines. As readers follow Po-No-Kah's journey, they witness his growth from a curious and headstrong boy into a wise and compassionate young man. His interactions with other characters, such as his bond with Nah-nee, add depth and emotion to the narrative, making the story even more relatable and engaging.

While the book may be aimed at younger readers, Mary Mapes Dodge's writing has a timeless quality that appeals to readers of all ages. The story's gentle pace and clear prose make it a delightful read, and the moral lessons embedded within are relevant for readers from all walks of life.

In conclusion, Po-No-Kah An Indian Tale of Long Ago is a truly enchanting book that effortlessly transports readers to a bygone era. Mary Mapes Dodge skillfully combines adventure, history, and profound insights into human nature, crafting a tale that stays with readers long after the last page is turned. Whether you are interested in Native American culture, enjoy historical fiction, or simply appreciate a well-told story, this book is sure to captivate and inspire.

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By Mary Mapes Dodge






We who live in comfortable country homes, secure from every invader, find it difficult to conceive the trials that beset the hardy pioneers who settled our Western country during the last century.

In those days, and for many a year afterward, hostile Indians swarmed in every direction, wherever the white man had made a clearing, or started a home for himself in the wilderness. Sometimes the pioneer would be unmolested, but oftener his days were full of anxiety and danger. Indeed, history tells of many a time when the settler, after leaving home in the morning in search of game for his happy household would return at night to find his family murdered or carried away and his cabin a mass of smoking ruins. Only in the comparatively crowded settlements, where strength was in numbers, could the white inhabitants hope for security though bought at the price of constant vigilance and precaution.

In one of these settlements, where a few neatly whitewashed cabins, and rougher log huts, clustered on the banks of a bend in the Ohio River, dwelt a man named Hedden, with his wife and three children. His farm stretched further into the wilderness than his neighbors', for his had been one of the first cabins built there, and his axe, ringing merrily through the long days, had hewn down an opening in the forest, afterward famous in that locality as "Neighbor Hedden's Clearing... Continue reading book >>

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