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Betty Jane Wylie.

Windsor (ON), Black Moss Press, c1982.
Distributed by Firefly.
52pp, paper, $7.95.
ISBN 0-88753-091-5.

Grades 3 and up.
Reviewed by Nancy E. Black.

Volume 11 Number 4.
1983 July.

This is a simple, straightforward account of the short life of Indian Chief Tecumseh. Each brief chapter deals with the influences and events that led Tecumseh to attempt a union of all Indian tribes. Through such a union, the rights and lands of the Indians would be protected from the white man. The author outlines how Tecumseh worked towards this end by years of travel to meet tribal chiefs. In 1810, he met Governor Harrison to present the position of the Indians, and with the outbreak of the War of 1812, he joined the British, believing they would support his cause. Very little information as to the causes or reasons of the War of 1812 is provided. This is a disappointing flaw, as the lack of background causes some confusion. The emphasis is strictly on Tecumseh's role in this war. Also discussed are the mysteries surrounding his death at its end.

This is a light, readable treatment of Tecumseh. Included at the end of the book is a list of important dates, as well as a bibliography of further readings. However, of the six, only Tecumseh by Anne Schraff appears to be appropriate for the intended age level of this book. Pencil illustrations and maps accompany and add to the book. Betty Jane Wylie is the author of several books and plays.

Nancy E. Black, Dartmouth R. L., Dartmouth, NS.
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