Hiawatha’s spirit of forgiveness and peace matters today, reveals new children’s book
SAN FRANCISCO – How is it that one Native American’s vision for peace and willingness to forgive resonates in today’s world hundreds of years later? Children’s book author Demi takes readers through Hiawatha’s impactful life in her new book, THE SPIRIT OF HIAWATHA, published by Ignatius Press.
Demi, a renowned author and illustrator with more than 300 children’s books to her name, including George Washington, Mozart and Bernadette, uses vivid watercolors to create a world that appeals to both young and old audiences. Her expert use of interesting facts intertwined with imaginative illustrations is captivating for all ages but especially children.
THE SPIRIT OF HIAWATHA explores the story of the great leader of the Iroquois and his efforts to restore peace and unity to his people. The Indian tribes were often fighting and Hiawatha was inspired to bring the tribes together into a peaceful existence, which he ultimately accomplished.
The resonating themes of THE SPIRIT OF HIAWATHA are those of restoring peace to the Indian tribes and cultures, and forgiving others in big ways. Hiawatha was no stranger to sorrow and, ultimately, had to the make the difficult, supernatural decision to forgive a man that caused him deep and lasting pain. Hiawatha inspired many legends as he prepared the way for the Gospel to spread in North America through Jesuit missionaries that eventually led to the conversion of St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
Although written for ages 7 and up, readers of any age will recognize the messages of THE SPIRIT OF HIAWATHA as they relate to today’s broken world.
The art of THE SPIRIT OF HIAWATHA is just as captivating as the story. Demi’s vibrant artwork combines delicate mixed media — watercolor, ink and collages — to bring to life the inspiring story of Hiawatha.
For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Demi, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276) or [email protected]) of Carmel Communications.