Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas
Genre: Christian Children’s Picture Book – Thanksgiving
Pages: 40 Paperback
Date Published: August 28, 2012 (orig. 1999)
Publisher: Tommy Nelson, a children’s imprint of Thomas Nelson
Experience the true story from American history about the spiritual roots and historical beginnings of Thanksgiving.
This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a twelve-year-old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims landed in a strange new world.
This appears to be a book originally published in 1999 with a new special softcover paperback for the 2012 season. In reading this through a loaned eGalley through NetGalley and ADE it is a bit difficult to read as the “page intentionally left blank” is missing and thus the obviously matched photos giving one of the best parts of picture book stories do no meet up. But from I do see, I enjoy the illustrations and the imagery.
Having a biographical story come from the perspective of a young Wampanoag Indian going from normal expectations of these strange Europeans from their ships to a terrifying condition of kidnapping, and then being sold into slavery is an interesting telling I would not have put with what I know of Thanksgiving. But this picture book is full of valuable historical detail and blessings of being bought by the monks and imagine, a Native American Indian boy traveling to London. With hope of returning home.
This book is so much more than I would have expected. There are so many elements from emotions, to historical detail that these pages are filled with possible learning experiences, both historically, literature-worthy and even sociological.
From the shores of America, to Spain, to London and America again, this is quite an adventure full of lessons to think about and learn from. Squanto proves to be a great biographical hero. I would be delighted to have a real copy of this after reading it electronically. I’m sure it would go over very well for the season with my preschooler and early learners.
*Thanks to Thomas Nelson for loaning an eGalley through NetGalley.*