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Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving av…

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving (utgåvan 1999)

av Eric Metaxas (Författare), Shannon Stirnweis (Illustratör)

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Describes how the Massachusetts Indian Squanto was captured by the British, sold into slavery in Spain, and ultimately returned to the New World to become a guide and friend for the Pilgrims.
Titel:Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving
Författare:Eric Metaxas (Författare)
Andra författare:Shannon Stirnweis (Illustratör)
Info:Thomas Nelson (1999), Edition: 1ST, 32 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving av Eric Metaxas



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A simple story that misses some of the historical nuances, but hey, it's a kids book! Greatly enjoyable to read to my children and to the children at our church. ( )
  Cbogstad | Aug 27, 2020 |
Describes how the Massachusetts Indian Squanto was captured by the British, sold into slavery in Spain, and ultimately returned to the New World to become a guide and friend for the Pilgrims.
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
This is a wonderful heartfelt book about a young brave American Indian named Squanto who is kidnapped at the age of twelve and is sold into slavery. It tells about his journey from his home land to Spain, then to London, and then back home again ten years after his capture. He is heartbroken when he returns home to find that his entire village and family has been wiped out by sickness. However, he is introduced to a group of the pilgrims living on what once was his family's land and his heart is and faith is alive again seeing his families land occupied and alive again. The pilgrims and Squanto both believe that God has brought them together to bless each other and live side by side. Squanto goes on to teach the Pilgrims about growing crops and living off the land. This wonderful book ends in the first Thanksgiving and giving thanks to God for journey and Squanto and the Pilgrim's ultimate destination together.

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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very inspirational and educational. I love his spiritual references. The pictures in this book are also very bright and illustrate the story well.

1. I could use this book to teach children about the history of our first Thanksgiving and how it came about.
2. I could use this book to teach children that we could learn from people how are different then us.
3. I could use this book to teach children about working together as a community and how it could help everyone succeed. ( )
  AngelaBates | Mar 23, 2014 |
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas
ISBN: 9781400320394
This is a colorful illustrated book about how a Native American Indian was kidnapped when he was a young child
and taken to Spain to be sold into slavery. He did make his way to England where he was among the monks and then
made it back to Plymouth, MA where he was from originally.
Upon returing he sees tragedy has struck and he finds other tribes and works with them to educate those people and families who have left
England because of the church. He can teach them how to fish and grown food and that's how they were able to survive and have Thanksgiving. ( )
  jbarr5 | Jul 25, 2013 |
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas. Library section 9 C: Juvenile (K-5), Holidays. This book chronicles the life of Tisquantum, or Squanto, a Patuxet Native American Indian living on the coast of Massachusetts in 1608 when white traders arrived. They kidnapped Squanto and a few tribesmen, taking them to Malaga, Spain, where they were sold as slaves. Some monks bought Squanto, then freed him and treated him kindly, giving him a place to stay in their monastery.
The monks knew that Squanto longed for his home so five years after he’d arrived they placed him on a ship bound for London. From there he could find a ship going to his homeland. After ten years Squanto, whom I assume was now fluent in both Spanish and English, returned to his Massachusetts coast, only to find his native town deserted. White man’s diseases had killed his tribe! Squanto lived alone in the woods all winter. The next spring he returned to his settlement to find new white settlers, who were astonished when he addressed them in English! Squanto learned about the settlers’ struggle for survival that first harsh winter. Squanto taught them how to plant crops and live off the bounty of the land. He liked seeing people in his village that had once been desolate.
Squanto thanked God for the Pilgrims and the Pilgrims thanked God for Squanto. God had used Squanto as part of his great plan – “who but the glorious God of heaven could so miraculously weave together the wandering lives of a lonely Patuxet brave and a struggling band of English Pilgrims in such a way that would bless the whole world for centuries to come?” So ends this tale.
I have mixed feelings about this book as I do about much history written for children. I am no expert on Squanto, but I do know that history is written by the victors. Metaxas assumes the monks freed Squanto. Did they really free him or was Squanto treated as a menial? I would think he probably had to work for his keep. I doubt if he sat around swapping religious ideas with these monks as shown in the book. Spain was the land of the Inquisition; non-Catholics were killed. I suspect they pressured him to become Christian. By this time, Squanto was probably a survivor who could read people, and did what it took to remain alive to somehow return home.
I also wonder if Squanto was actually happy about the white settlers taking over his desolate village. Adults know that the overall history of Native Americans is one of extermination and dispossession. This book alludes to the white man’s diseases that killed off the Patuxet. This spelled doom for Squanto’s tribe as tribespeople died and whites seized their land, homes, animals, and possessions. The traditional story is that Squanto helped the whites, showing them how to live off the land. Perhaps he did. This book makes me want to learn more about Squanto. Sarah Vowell’s book, The Wordy Shipmates, in our library, is a very good place to start. It is about the Puritan settlement of Massachusetts Bay colony.
Metaxas says that it was God’s plan all along to have Squanto captured, taken as a slave abroad, suffer and wander abroad, just so he could come back to America and hang around, waiting for the perfect moment to communicate in English with the Pilgrims, right when they needed him most. That is an awfully simplistic view and certainly Pilgrim-centric. Were the Pilgrims really so important to God? They certainly thought so – they were absolutely solid rock-sure of their importance to God. Why did that give them the right to steal an entire land, or kill off the natives with measles and blunderbusses? I think this is a much more complex story – about a Native American (also a child of God) whose life was stolen from him, who was dispossessed of a country, kinsmen and a future by evil traders. It is a story of survival in spite of abuse and brutality.
So why include this book in the library? Well, for one thing, it can provide a basis for discussions later in life with our kids about what REALLY happened in early colonial history – who won, who lost, who survived and who died; how knowing who wrote the history can inform us about what REALLY happened, and why stealing from others, kidnapping and killing is morally wrong, even (and ESPECIALLY) in the name of God.
Metaxas is also the author of our library’s tome on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. After seeing his speech that was simulcast at our church, I realize he is a religious conservative, and I can now see that rather chilling, offhand treatment in this book. I did not recognize it before but it’s there. ( )
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