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Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

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Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

by Cornelia Cornelissen


Quick Overview

This novel recounts the relocation of the Cherokee people in 1838 and their forced march westward across the Trail of Tears, as witnessed through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl who is forced to leave behind her blind grandmother, her father, brother, and even her puppy.


It all begins when Soft Rain's teacher reads a letter stating that as of May 23, 1838, all Cherokee people are to leave their land and move to what many Cherokees called "the land of darkness". . .the west. Soft Rain is confident that her family will not have to move, because they have just planted corn for the next harvest but soon thereafter, soldiers arrive to take nine-year-old, Soft Rain, and her mother to walk the Trail of Tears, leaving the rest of her family behind. Because Soft Rain knows some of the white man's language, she soon learns that they must travel across rivers, valleys, and mountains. On the journey, she is forced to eat the white man's food and sees many of her people die. Her courage and hope are restored when she is reunited with her father, a leader on the Trail, chosen to bring her people safely to their new land. Size 0.32" H x 7.72" L x 5.28" W, 115 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780440412427
Author Cornelia Cornelissen
Age Group 8-12
Book Type paperback

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