Anacaona, Golden Flower

Brief Description: Diary of Taino princess when Columbus lands, depicting daily life of Taino people before arrival of Christopher Columbus. Part of The Royal Diaries series

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Date Range: 1490-1493

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Original Publication: 2005

Suitable for Grades: 5-8th

Target Audience: Middle Grade

Librarian's Review

This Scholastic Royal Diary book teaches us about the peaceful Taino people of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (modern day Haiti and Dominican Republic) before their encounter with Christopher Columbus.  Despite the lack of written historical records, the author has done a good job imagining the life of the popular queen Anacaona and her people.  Things do not go well for the Taino after Columbus and his men arrive in 1492, and the novel ends on a sad note.

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