More Than One Ancestry

Part 2

Children - Grade 4th-6th
36 Pages
Reviewed on 03/07/2016
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Jeremy loves his history. In particular, he enjoys learning about his family's history. He knows quite a bit about his African-American ancestry. What he doesn't know is that some of his ancestors were American Indian. He discovers this link to the family tree when he sets out to retrieve his great-grandfather's glasses. Next to the glasses is a photograph of a woman, a photograph that Jeremy has never seen before and he wants to know who she is. When he gives his great-grandfather, Pop-Pop, the glasses, he asks about the photograph and learns that not only was she American Indian, but she was also one of Jeremy's many great-grandmothers. And there is a story and a history lesson to go along with this information. Jeremy is only too eager to listen and learn.

The lesson that Pop-Pop shares is the history of the first settlers and the first American Indians that interacted with these settlers. There are a lot of big names in this story, like Powhatan, the name of an Indian nation, and Paspahegh and Weyanock, tribes of the Powhatan, and Wahunsunacock, the name of Chief Powhatan, but these names only add character to the story and young readers will enjoy learning to pronounce such difficult words.

Once again, author Marion T. Lane has taken a story in one young American's ancestry and created a fascinating tale about early American history. More Than One Ancestry: Part 2 explores the multi-cultural ancestry of one American boy, but also points out that many Americans who can trace their ancestry back to the early settlers also have some links in their family tree to the American Indians and/or African-Americans. Very well done. Very informative and a pleasure to read. Nice illustrations.