If You Were at . . . The First Thanksgiving

Day 117

I’m introducing Squanto and the First Thanksgiving (Rabbit Ears: A Classic Tale) to second grade.
Me: Does anyone know the name of the Indian who helped the pilgrims?
2nd grader (waving hand wildly): Paul!

Apparently if you were at the first Thanksgiving you’d know Squanto’s alias.

The books:

The books in the “If You” series (. . . If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King, If You Lived With The Iroquois) generally present a lot of good historical information in question and answer format, giving the reader insight through the era’s differences from the present time.  It’s approachable history, you might say.  I really enjoy the Squanto book both for the illustrations (bold, colorful, and stylistic) and for the pathos of the story of the real person who often is seen simply as a stock character in the Pilgrims’ drama.


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