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 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.