Soft Rain by Cornelia Cornelissen
A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

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In Soft Rain, a 9-year-old Cherokee girl finds herself in the same situation as Sweet Leaf as soldiers arrive one day to take her and her mother to walk the Trail of Tears, leaving the rest of her family behind. 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. 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.

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About Cornelia Cornelissen

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Cornelissen is of Cherokee descandent.
Published August 31, 2009 by Yearling. 132 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cornelissen (Music in the Wood, 1995, etc.) relates a tragic chapter of American history, the removal of the Tsalagi, or Cherokee, from their land in North Carolina and their march westward to Oklahoma, as seen by a nine-year-old Tsalagi girl.

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In what PW called ""an eye-opening introduction to a painful period of American history,"" a Cherokee girl recounts the hardships of 1838 leading up to and including the journey along the Trail of Tears.

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