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Monday, November 24, 2014

Squanto's Journey

Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Greg Shed (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2000). 

This is a beautifully illustrated story that tells a slightly different version of the first Thanksgiving than what we usually hear. Joseph Bruchac is an Abenaki Indian who has written many wonderful children's books. I appreciated that he wrote of the atrocities against Native Americans in this book, although the end does maybe feel a little too hopeful.  Then again, it is a children's book, and a Thanksgiving story, so I understand why he would do that.  Although many reviews laud this as a historically accurate story from the POV of a Native American, I did see that was on Oyate's list of Thanksgiving books to avoid, so I wonder why (Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed with honesty and integrity.) 

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