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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Life in seventeenth century Jamestown, Virginia is beautifully depicted in the amazing historical novel, Catch the Watercolored Wind by Jan Frazier. After his father dies in 1616, eleven-year-old Jeremiah Clements, his sister and two brothers sail from London to Jamestown with their newly widowed mother, Lady Elizabeth Clements. Soon after their arrival on the forested shores of Virginia in 1617, Jeremiah befriends Miakoda, the brother of Pocahontas. Miakoda teaches Jeremiah how to hunt and survive in the wilderness. Jeremiah's mother welcomes Miakoda into their home as her son, and he is a well-loved blessing to his new family. When Jeremiah's younger brother Ezechiel goes missing, they discover that he has been kidnapped by another tribe. Can the boys figure out a way to rescue their brother? Or will the oncoming winter prevent Ezechiel's rescue?
Catch the Watercolored Wind by Jan Frazier is a brilliantly written historical novel that artistically portrays the fierce elements of seventeenth century North America's shores and the fortitude of those first settlers who fought to survive them. Confronted with the bitterly cold winters, starvation, disease, and native uprisings, the family manages to carve a home for themselves out of the wilderness in the New World. The extraordinary adventures that Jeremiah and Miakoda experience are unbelievably fantastic and exciting. It is a well-written book with a captivating storyline and engaging characters. Lady Elizabeth Clements was an astounding and admirable woman, with equally remarkable children. Their story is compelling, and it is easy to get lost in the tale of their lives and the era. I love history and was pleased that the author researched her family's background and based this novel on the lives of her ancestors. Although written for children, this book will delight readers of all ages.