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BEWARE! REVISIONIST HISTORY
on November 9, 2013
This book is a misleading piece of revisionist history. The second page of this book states that the people of Squanto's tribe were "friendly and peaceful," while various other sources state that the people of Patuxet killed all the white men with whom they came in to contact. No doubt Ms. Kessel is pushing the liberal narrative that the Native Americans were "friendly and peaceful" while the bad, bad white man came and not only took away their land, but also was so very cruel. The truth is that there were atrocities committed on both sides. I do not consider this book appropriate for my five year old as it is written and will have to cross out the lies before doing so.
Page 44 says, "Usually the Pilgrims thought that games were a waste of time, but on this day they gave in." I need to do some more studying, but I don't know that this is accurate either as the author may have been confusing the Pilgrims (Separatists) with the Puritans. I know I have read in a couple of sources that the Pilgrims did not dress in brown or black as they are often pictured, but that the Puritans did. And yes, the Pilgrims are pictured that way in this book.
Were the author and the illustrator trying to deceive the children for whom this book is written or were they just sloppy in their research? I don't know. Either way, it is not accurate.