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Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims (Scholastic Biography) Paperback – November 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scholastic Biography
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590440551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590440554
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was very interesting.
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I would recommend it for those wanting to read something to their kids about the origins of Thanksgiving.
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I used this book to supplement our homeschool history program.
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64 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book, although a resource used in many classrooms across the United States, has been overused. This book has an improper representation of the history of Squanto's life. Research has not been done at all in the development of this book.The way in which the author portrays Squanto is very poor as well. This book was written in 1954, a time in which the idea of what an Indian was supposed to be was stereotypical. Squanto is portrayed as unable to speak proper English even after 9 years in England. I would not recommend that this book be used in the classroom unless it is to address the stereotypical view of Indians. There are more recent publications that are much more suitable for reading.
For a book with accurate historical information and reference items in the back of the book, see Joseph Bruchac's Squanto's Journey.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
Clyde Robert Bulla does an excellent job with bringing the content of the book down to the readers level. This book is emotional as well as informational which is probably why younger children love it.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1998
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I liked this book because it was a very interesting story about Squanto and his journeys with the English in the New World and in England. I found it sad the way he was put on display and mistreated by Captain Weymouth. In the end it was wonderful that he found a home in the New World with the pilgrims.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
The book is about an Indian that helped the Pilgrims by teaching them how to fish, hunt and grow crops. He learned to speak English beacuse he had been captured and taken to England when he was a boy. He wants to help the white men because they first helped him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Lyles on October 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
We are studying American Indians this year via Sonlight curriculum. This book was on the list of historical fiction readers to accompany our studies and we were thrilled. My 8 year old devoured this chapter book--just couldn't put it down. As soon as he let it go, I took my turn. Although we just read this, we will read it again as a family before Thanksgiving.

This story follows Squanto from America to his brave journey to Europe. It reveals the different forms of culture shock he had to endure including his being put on display for folks to see the "real Indian" and to fear him unfoundedly. It shows of his courage, his loyalty to his friends and his ability to learn and apply new knowledge quickly.

Readers, especially those previously unfamiliar with Squanto's biography, will be shocked when Squanto finally is able to return to his family in America only to be kidnapped immediately by a slave trader and taken away to Spain to be sold.

In the end, (you'll have to read it yourself to fill in the details!), it is easy to see why Squanto adopted the New World Pilgrims as friends. This is a must-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gregory on February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book was first copyrighted in 1954 and it is still an excellent introduction for young readers. Published by Scholastic Books, it doesn't have a recommended grade level, but I suggest it be used for 2nd-4th grade reading levels. This is not only a good introductory book for social studies, but it can be used to improve reading skills and interest in reading. Although the tempo is a staccato-type presentation, that works well for 2nd and 3rd graders.

The story is heart-wrenching, but has a hopeful tone throughout as Squanto seeks to gain knowledge and then impart his skills in the end. Highly recommended! Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims (Scholastic Biography)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Farm Girl on September 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
I used this book to supplement our homeschool history program. My son ate it up. I love that he was particularly drawn to how amazing it was that many of the awful things in Squanto's life turned out for good. He found it very encouraging.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlie's Mom on December 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is historically inaccurate. It claims that Squanto voluntarily left with the English. In fact, he was kidnapped by a Captain Hunt to be sold into slavery. Don't read this book to your kids. It misrepresents the facts and white washes history. A much better book is Joseph Bruchac's _Squanto's Journey_.
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