Saturday, April 19, 2008
Book Review: The Red Heart
Another one of my passions besides graphic design, gardening, and other things is reading! I always had my nose in a book growing up and nothing is different now besides my lack of time to read. But with my husband working all sorts of funky hours at his new job I have found ample time catch up.
I chose to read the Red Heart based on Carol from May Dream's Garden blog suggestion. I had posted about the assortment of arrowheads I have collect over the years and how it is so intriguing to think back about those times and the people who used the tools I had found and she mentioned the book I might enjoy in her comment - and it was great! Thank you, Carol!
I didn't quite know what to expect from the book at first, but let me tell you, I was captivated. It has been a long time since a book has kept me up past midnight or traveled with me to work to read during my lunch hour. I couldn't keep myself from diving into the next page. Such an enthralling tale based upon the true story of Frances Slocum, a pioneer girl who was abducted from her Quaker family at the age of 5 and grew up with the Miami and Lenape Indians. The book has particular interest because a portion of it takes place in Indiana (not very far from where I found all those arrowheads). Her family kept trying to find her over the years but she always disappeared with the displaced tribes. She did end up connecting with her Quaker birth family just before she died 59 years after she was first taken - but she never went back - she choose to live out her remaining years with her Indian family. Very amazing story. A must read!
The story inspired me to learn more, of course:
OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE MIAMI NATION OF INDIANS OF THE STATE OF INDIANA
Frances Slocum Ancestry Website
Posted by Stacy