Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Illustrator: Greg Shed

Publisher: Harcourt Books

Publication Date: 2000

Genre: Multi-Cultural, Picture Book, Historical

Audience: 3+

Awards: ABA’s Pick of the List, Knickerbocker Award, NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Overview: A story about Squanto and his interactions with the English settlers. While he encounters hardships and triumphs, he is able to become a peacemaker between Indian tribes and the English, and eventually they are able to indulge in Thanksgiving together.

Activity: Have students write a thank-you letter to Squanto, for keeping the peace and for creating the first thanksgiving. Then have students write cards to others whom they are thankful for.

Reviewer’s Name: Kristen