Thursday, June 5, 2014

Book Review: Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgving

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas illustrated by Shannon Stirnweis, Thomas Nelson, 1999.
This is a children’s story, but it is an incredible story I had never heard before.  I was not aware of the relationship of Squanto to Thanksgiving.  He was taken slave by Spanish profiteers, and taken back to Spain to be sold.  However, a group of monks purchased him.  In helping him return home, he was sent to England with a family, waiting for a ship.  It took him ten years to finally make it back home.  When he finally did, all of his people had passed away from disease.  He lived with a neighboring village for a time, and then grew depressed and went to live on his own in the wilderness.  While there, the pilgrims arrived, and Built a village where his own people formerly had a village.   He decided to help them, teaching them where to hunt, how to gather crab, and how to plant corn.  After a profitable summer, he joined them, along with members of his adopted village, for a large feast of Thanksgiving.

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