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Malian's Song (The Family Heritage Series)

by Marge Bruchac

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Malians Song is a book about a girl whose life changes in an instant one night. Her father grabs her from her bed in middle of night and takes her to the woods gives her instructions to head for their tribes winter camp. That would be the last time she ever sees her father again. This book is a true story whose lives were turned upside down because of the attacks by English Major Robert Rogers.
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As I was reading this book, I felt tears. This is a sad story that actually happened back in 1759. I love learning about history of our ancestors. This book is inspiring and will make you want to keep reading until the end.
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• Ask my class to write about what they believe happened in 1759. If they believe that it was right or wrong for the father to put his little girl in the woods alone or let her stay with them.
• Ask my class to think about home and to think about how they would feel if they had to leave home and be on their own.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0916718263, Hardcover)

Young Malian lives contentedly with her parents and extended family in an Abenaki village near Montreal in the mid-eighteenth century. One night, Malian's life changes abruptly. Silently, her father carries her off to the woods, blanket and all, and orders her to run to their tribe's winter camp. Malian obeys, but not before she turns to watch her father slip back to the village through the trees. She never sees him again.

Malian's Song is based on the true story of a deliberate attack by English Major Robert Rogers on Quebec's St. Francis Abenaki community in 1759. Malian's account of "Rogers's Raid," passed down through generations of Abenaki oral tradition, reveals that many Abenaki people survived the attack that destroyed their village, in direct contrast to Rogers' journal accounts. Jeanne Brink, a descendant of Malian living in Vermont, told the Vermont Folklife Center the little-known Abenaki version of the brutal attack. In this first Abenaki and English picture book, preeminent Abenaki historian Marge Bruchac and illustrator William Maughan portray Malian's story of a people's strength and fortitude in the face of unspeakable loss.

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