Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving


Most American children know the story of Thanksgiving told from the perspective of the Pilgrims who arrived in the new land in 1620.  Few know the same story from the perspective of the Native Americans who were living on this "new land" and whose culture was highly evolved and flourishing.

This is the story told from the point of view of Squanto, a young Indian man who helped the Pilgrims survive their first difficult winter in America.  Squanto spoke English (as a result of having been kidnapped)  and was able to serve as a translator between his tribe and the newly arrived.   It was Squanto who persuaded Samoset to offer his people's help without which the Pilgrims may not have survived.

Joseph Bruchac delivers an authentic voice empowered by careful research and the important details that bring  this side of history to life.  Young readers need to hear this story of the traditional tale they know so well.

32 pages     978-0152060442    Ages 5-9

Keywords: Native American, Native American author, indigenous people, respecting others, understanding others, American history, culture, diversity, diverse books, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, history, Social Studies Curriclum

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com


In 1620 an English ship called the Mayflower landed on the shores inhabited by the Pokanoket people, and it was Squanto who welcomed the newcomers and taught them how to survive in the rugged land they called Plymouth. He showed them how to plant corn, beans, and squash, and how to hunt and fish. And when a good harvest was gathered in the fall, the two peoples feasted together in the spirit of peace and brotherhood. Almost four hundred years later, the tradition continues. . . .--from the publisher

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