The Cherokee is a children's book for grades four to seven about the history and culture of the Cherokee from the Indians of the Americas series published by Franklin Watts. Author Liz Sonneborn retells a brief version of the Cherokee creation story but refers to it as a tale. She does include the term Cherokee People use to refer to themselves and discusses their traditional homeland in the American Southeast. The first chapter covers their traditional culture only briefly and describes the Green Corn ceremony as a great feast to celebrate the new year. The remaining chapters cover Cherokee history after their contact with Europeans including the Spanish, English, and finally the Americans. Various conflicts are discussed including the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Throughout this period the Cherokee underwent tremendous changes brought about by unfamiliar diseases, the impact of missionaries, and loss of land. Treaties, the role of Cherokee leaders, development of the Cherokee written language, and the infamous Trail of Tears are covered. The changes also included Cherokee politics and divisions that led to the formation of the Eastern Cherokee and the Western Cherokee of Oklahoma. The final chapter describes contemporary Cherokee business developments and efforts at political reconciliation. The author incorporates archival and contemporary colour photographs throughout the text. The book contains a timeline of Cherokee history, a glossary of terms, map, bibliography, web site links, and an index. This Franklin Watts series on Indians of the Americas details the culture and history including present day life of a specific Native North American Nation. Unfortunately this volume's author did not consult Cherokee educators or historians for assistance. This title would have benefited from the Aboriginal voice but as it stands this volume merely provides the standard anthropological and historical perspectives of the Cherokee Nation.