Saturday, June 25, 2016

Book Review: Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims

Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims, Clyde Robert Bulla, pictures by Peter Burchard, Scholastic Inc., New York, 1954.
I found this book and excellent read.  It is a youth book, and historical fiction as it tells the story of Squanto.  However I really found myself engaged with the character Squanto and the things that happened to him.  I had heard he was kidnapped, and it was a good read to see how that happened.  He was sold into slavery, and rescued by some Catholic Priests.  Originally he had gone to England willingly.  He enjoyed his time there, and found it difficult to get home.  When he finally did, his people had all died from disease.  His community had been where the Pilgrims settled, so he moved in with the pilgrims and taught them about how to survive in the new world.  His ability to speak English was a great asset.

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