In 1620 an English ship called the Mayflower landed on the shores inhabited by the Pokanoket, 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 people feasted together in the spirit of peace and brotherhood. Almost 400 years later, the tradition continues.
"Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving" by Joseph Bruchac (Harcourt Books, $6) tells the Thanksgiving story from the point of view of the Native Americans who lived in New England before the arrival of the pilgrims.
"Squanto's is a tale that I think is inspiring," writes Bruchac. "Not only did Squanto escape slavery in Spain and make influential friends in England, but he was able to find his way back home."
Young readers will enjoy the beautiful illustrations by Greg Shed, as well as the simple yet inspirational story of friendship and the triumph of hope over hardship.