Would it truly bring a curse upon the one who found it?
The little bit of romance between Mandie & Joe is so sweet but some parents might not want their younger daughters reading it. *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author.
Thought it was interesting how now I can see people getting offended at the Indian and Cherokee parts and how now everything would have to be politically correct. Both were my little girl heroine's.
When I was cleaning and re-organizing my bookshelf last week, I went through all my Mandie books. I really enjoyed re-reading this old favorite!
I admit it: I am reviewing these books years after reading them. My battered and faded copies of these books testify to how many times I read them growing up and plots and entire passages are seared in my memory forever.
I was surprised when Mandie said it was terribly wrong, but a long time ago that the Cherokees were removed,& the white people living now had nothing to do with it. Oh, Morning Star, you are learning English." I was surprised she'd say 'love' by itself like that. If gold hadn't been found in Georgia, the white people might not have ever made the Cherokees move from their land. Bad Cherokee!" Sallie says "He is a bad Cherokee." White people calling them Injuns & squaws is probably accurate, but with everything else, even it sounded stereotypical. Joe says they don't have a way to defend themselves,& Mandie's like remember when we prayed, have you forgotten so soon? Like Sallie saying "That is an Indian boy." 'The boy's eyes lit up when he saw the blonde-haired girl. I didn't like Elizabeth telling Morning Star to pray. She said Cherokees always looked up to god in the sky rather than bowing their heads when they prayed. So I didn't like that she didn't tell on Tsa'ni for leaving them in the caves. It really bugs me when characters do stupid things, like when Mandie blurted that there was gold in the caves in front of Tsa'ni. Love!" Wirt says "Love, Papoose." It was interesting to see the Cherokees opinion on the gold. Sallie didn't want anything to do with it, saying it was bad luck for the Cherokee. Ned said Cherokee don't need the gold. Joe says Tsa'ni came for their gold, which I didn't like, because it isn't their gold. They tell the adults that Tsa'ni is hurt, & Uncle Ned 'gave his whistle for help.' All Ned has said is "bad Indian" "Tsa'ni bad Cherokee" about Tsa'ni, never saying why. So of course when Mandie shows them the rope used to get to Tsa'ni he says "Papoose good Indian." They couldn't look for the gold anymore because they needed the wagon for Tsa'ni, & I couldn't believe Mandie felt hatred again at Tsa'ni for interfering with their plans. Joe says too many people knew about the gold, & I was thinking, they wouldn't have if you hadn't said anything in front of a group of people. I couldn't believe Joe & Mandie both felt that Tsa'ni faked his injury so he wouldn't get in trouble looking for the gold. When Mandie said it was a long time ago that the Cherokee were forced from their lands, that no one was alive from those days, then it turns out Mandie's grandma was alive then. I felt like rolling my eyes when Morning Star says "Jim Shaw's papoose have gold!" "My gold Papoose's gold." Of course when she says a sentence in English, it's to give Mandie the gold. It was nice when Uncle John says the Cherokee could use the gold to build a hospital, or school, or church with it. I thought Tsa'ni would change after the kids didn't tell on him for leaving them in the cave. Someone finally asks Uncle Ned why he says Tsa'ni is bad. They find a message on the wall saying "This gold left here for good of Cherokee after white man makes peace. I liked when Dimar said "He did not forget his people. In the first book idr it saying Morning Star was Ned's wife. When Uncle Wirt asked if it was Tsa'ni who started the fire, Joe says "yes, uncle Wirt," which was weird because it isn't his uncle. It was so annoying when Joe says what other reason would Tsa'ni have for lying about not being able to move,& coming to the barn the not if the fire, & Mandie says "'Judge not, lest ye be judged.'" That wasn't judging, that was putting two & two together. I really liked the line 'the great Indian hero who had remembered his people even in death.' The Cherokee sounded like robots: "Rockslide. "Cave gone," uncle Wirt repeated, shakin his head in bewilderment.' Uncle Ned said the gold is bad luck, & Mandie says "Not the gold, Uncle Ned. It's the greedy people." That was mature of her to realize that. I really didn't like when Mandie asks "what about us"and uncle John says "this is man's work, child." They wonder about Tsa'ni and it says: 'Tsa'ni had never reached home. "Isn't it good to be able to pray and trust God for everything?" "It sure is, Mandie," she answered, smiling happily.' 'The girls wanted to help, but were waved aside as the men and boys loaded the gold into the wagon.' Of course they were. I didn't like the foreshadowing: 'little did Mandie know how close the two boys would come to shooting someone.' Considering Tsa'ni was caught in a trap, with a swollen & bloody foot, I thought it was really insensitive & mean of Joe & Dimar to make him think they weren't going to save him. Mandie says you should never tell a lie. Cherokee no want gold." "But you did get all the chiefs to agree to let the Cherokee people vote on what to do with the gold, didn't you, Uncle Ned?" John asked. "Cherokee vote pow-wow tomorrow, council house," the old man answered.' I also didn't know they had more than one chief. When John asks in surprise that they could get all the people together so fast to vote Wirt says "tell one Cherokee. Even though Mandie is only 1/4th Cherokee, & a kid, of course she gets to go to the council & vote. Jerusha walks in saying one word, "Vote." Then "Gold. People need things." She says "vote" again, then tells Dimar "vote." Morning star says "sit. Elizabeth says "I know you will all agree on something you need" & Meli says "we agree what to do with gold" sounding like a robot. We vote." 'Joe was determined Mandie would be his wife when they grew up, & he didn't want anyone else making eyes at her.' That's rich coming from him, considering he made eyes at Polly. The Indians say the very repetitive "Jim Shaw's Papoose vote." "Papoose find Cherokee gold." I was surprised they had books & paper there, & voted by writing it down on paper. We have counted all votes." Then can suddenly speak a full sentence: "I will read the decision of our people on what to do with the gold found in the cave." Which was the first full sentence by a Cherokee in this entire book. They leave it to Mandie even though Joe & Sallie also found it. She thanks god, saying "my people do love me." They already did, cause apparently Jim Shaw was amazing to them. Even though Tsa'ni was sulky just that morning, Tsa'ni voted for Mandie, & suddenly says "Love, my cousin, love! Please forgive me!" She says "oh, Tsa'ni, my cousin, love!" If he hadn't changed when they saved him, why now? She was proud to be part Cherokee, and even prouder to be a Christian.' You're saying god completely changed Tsa'ni seemingly within minutes. I wish Mandie had gotten to know Dimar better, and liked him instead.
I loved rereading the first book. There were a few little things that bugged me, but, overall, it retained so much of what I loved about the series as a child.
Mandie is out on an adventure, with the goal being to meet her Cherokee kinspeople.
However, the book was not published until many years later.