Soft Rain – A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

In 1838 a young girl named Soft Rain is among the thousands of Cherokee people forced out west. She leaves behind her school, her blind grandmother, and her beloved mountains to embark on a somber and cruel journey to an unknown land.

Though a witness to death and terrible suffering, she survives to tell her poignant story.

Kids probably wouldn’t independently pull this book of the shelf – it is a sad story.

However, if you wish them to learn about this historic event, this would be a good book to have them read. It’s short, and allows them a chance to “walk” along side a fictional first hand witness to a momentous exodus. Harsh, but also hopeful.

Combine with additional extended study to enhance the learning opportunity.

Lesson Plans Page – Here are several good ideas for a unit on the Trail of Tears

PBS.org | New perspectives on The West – Trail of Tears

42explore2 – Trail of tears (A huge collection of links and resources)

Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

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