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New Story! The Tale of Pocahontas and John Smith ~ Legends Folktales for Kids

Pocahontas Story

The Story of Pocahontas and John Smith  ~ Folktales Stories for Kids

This is the story of Pocahontas, John Smith and the leader Powhatan. The story told of Pocahontas that is most famous tells about the time she saved the life of settler John Smith, as seen in the Disney version and in our version below. It is brought to you by Stories to Grow by. 

In the spring of 1607, three ships landed on the shore of what is now America.  About 100 men – no women were asked to come – stepped onto the sand to start a new life.  The men built 20 cabins and a fort to go around them all.  They called their new town Jamestown.   But they were not the only ones living on that land. Up and down the coast and for miles into the woods lived tribes of Native Americans.  Today, the area is called Virginia.  Back then, it was called the Powhatan Confederacy.  Over 30 tribes in the Powhatan Confederacy were ruled by one chief.  His name was Powhatan.  Chief Powhatan’s scouts told him that new men had landed on the shore.  They told him the men had built a fort.  They told him the new men spoke in words no one had heard before.  They wore clothes no one had seen before.  Powhatan knew all that.  What he did not know – and what he wanted to know most of all - was, where did they come from?  Why were they here? And what would it be like to be their Chief?


But they were not the only ones living on that land.


His scouts told him some other news, too, that was most odd.  No crops had been planted around the fort.  No canoes were anywhere near the fort, and the men did not even stand by the river to fish.  The men did not go into the woods to hunt, either. Said Powhatan, “These men do not know how to plant, ride a canoe, fish or hunt.  It will be easier than I thought to be their Chief. We will bring food to them – corn, beans and squash. Without us, they will starve.  And I, Powhatan, who rules 30 tribes, will rule over them, too!” “Father let me come with you!” said Powhatan’s daughter Pocahontas.  No one had seen her slip into the longhouse. “I want to see the fort, too.” “Surely not!” said her father.  “You have work to do here.  When you are done, you may play with your sisters.”


“I, Pohawtan, who rules 30 tribes, will rule over them, too!”


 “I play with them every day!” said Pocahontas.  “Father, please! I’ll be good!”   Powhatan smiled.  “Ah, my princess,” he said.  “How can I say no to that face?” At last, an adventure for Pocahontas!  She felt sure that if she had to sew beads onto one more moccasin, or fill one more basket with berries, she would burst! So Chief Powhatan, with scouts carrying baskets of corn, beans and squash, and with Pocahontas beside them, all went over to the fort. When they got there, they set down the baskets.  And stepped back. In a minute, men burst out of the fort with big smiles on their faces.  You can be sure there was much joy!      Pocahontas saw something else that made her smile, too.  Four boys a bit older than she came out with the other men.  She waved to the boys.  They waved back!  When the grown-ups were trying to talk to each other with their arms and hands, she said to them, “Want to play?”  



Teaching the Theme of Honesty while Comparing/Contrasting Similar Texts with Cinderella

Teaching the Theme of Honesty while Comparing/Contrasting Similar Texts


“The Native American Cinderella” and "Cinderella"

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Looking for a great text on teaching the Theme of Honesty? Would you also like to teach Elementary students (Perfect for 2nd-4th) how to Compare/Contrast Similar Texts? At the same time, would you like to build student engagement, fluency and comprehension? Then we have the lesson plan for you! Utilize the below lesson plan with our Reader’s Theater Script, “A Native American Cinderella” and our Classic Tale "Cinderella". It would also work nicely with the Story version as well. A positive message while teaching an important literary skill: this is what you will find in all the Stories to Grow by Stories and Reader’s Theater Scripts. This week’s Honesty story is The Native American Cinderella from Canada:

The Native American Cinderella:

A unique version of a classic tale: A tale out of Canada from the Abenaki tribe: a Native American warrior with very special gifts searches for a maiden who is honest and worthy to be his bride. After a series of beautiful but deceitful maidens, he finds a maiden who is truly honest, but is she worthy? Find out here! Read the Script or the Story.

The content of this lesson plan & tale prompts skill-building for the Common Core Standards CCSS.ELA-LITERACY. RL.2.2, 2.6,3.2, 3.3, 3.6, 4.2, 4.3, 4.9


Moana's Maui the Demi-God

NEW: Bedtime Story for Kids: The Tales of Moana’s Maui the Demi-God

Moana's Maui the Demi-God

Tales of Moana's Maui the Demi-God ~ Legend Stories for Kids 

These are short  Legend Tales of Moana's Maui the Demi-God. It is part of our Classic Bedtime Stories for Kids Collection. It has been adapted from the Tales of Maui as well as Disney's version of Moana. This version is brought to you by Stories to Grow by





If you saw Disney’s movie Moana, you know the song “You’re Welcome.”    

In the song, Maui told Moana about his amazing deeds.  Why - he pulled up the islands from the sea, he lifted the sky, he even found fire and gave it to humans!  As a demi-god, Maui was born with special powers. Demi-god means one parent is a god and the other is human.  Maui’s father was the god and his mother was human.

People from the Pacific islands tell many stories about Maui the demi-god.  Their stories about Maui are not quite the same as what you saw in Moanna. The way they tell it, Maui may have three or four brothers. Or he may have a sister named Hina.  If someone from those told you stories about Maui, they may sound like this:


Maui pulls up the islands

One day Maui said to his four brothers, “Come fishing with me  today!  Let’s go far out to sea. The fish are much bigger and better there, than they are close to land.”  

“Okay!” said his brothers.  They were good fishermen and wanted those big fish.  The four brothers and Maui jumped into their canoe and started to row.  When they got far out to sea and could no longer see land, Maui jumped onto the end of the canoe.  He drew out his magical fishing hook. When his brothers were looking ahead, he cast the hook over the side of the canoe.  The hook sunk down deep into the blue water.  


When his brothers were not looking, he cast his hook into the blue waters.


Soon, the magical hook stuck fast to the bottom of the sea. Maui pulled the fishing line tight.  He called out, “See that tug? I must have hooked a giant fish!”

“Wow, I see that!” said one brother. 

"That is some fish you caught!" said another.

“My brothers!” Maui called out.  “Paddle hard so we can bring up this great fish!”