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Squanto And The Miracle Of Thanksgiving [Hardcover]

By Eric Metaxas (Author), Thomas Nelson Publishers (Author) & Shannon Stirnweis (Illustrator)
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Native American Squanto returns home ten years after being sold into slavery to find his entire village gone, but God makes him an intricate part of the Thanksgiving story by placing the English-speaking Squanto just where the Pilgrims land in the New World.

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This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world.

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Squanto And The Miracle Of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas, Thomas Nelson Publishers & Shannon Stirnweis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 09/27/1999 page 50

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 9.2" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Grade Level  Grade School  
Age  4-8
ISBN  0849958644  
ISBN13  9780849958649  
UPC  023755058645  

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More About Eric Metaxas, Thomas Nelson Publishers & Shannon Stirnweis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eric Metaxas is a senior fellow and lecturer-at-large at The King's College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Eric Metaxas currently resides in New Canaan, in the state of Connecticut.

Eric Metaxas has published or released items in the following series...
  1. VeggieTale Movie (Board Books)

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > Picture Books
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Colonial & Revolutionary
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Thanksgiving > Nonfiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Squanto And The Miracle Of Thanksgiving?

If you want your kids to really know the full story of the first Thanksgiving, then you cannot forego this book. Squanto is one of those stories that has not remained at the fore front of Thanksgiving tales. And, that fact is a crying shame. This story will not only speak facts, it will teach several moral lessons that the child in all of us needs to learn. It is a reminder of how we can be thankful no matter what life hands us in the way of trials. Read this book to your kids and inspire them to live their best lives!
Very nice  Dec 2, 2006
This is an excellent book for teaching the history of Thanksgiving. The story is well told, and the writing is well crafted. The pictures are remarkable; you can spend a lot of time looking into the faces of the characters, which are rich with emotion and humanity and realism. This book is a great investment.
Beautiful  Sep 29, 2005
This was an incredibly beautiful rendering of Squanto's life. I highly recommend the book to all ages.
Excellent Thanksgiving book!  Oct 24, 2003
This is an excellent resource to teach children the true meaning of Thanksgiving and how much God loves each of his children and has a wonderful plan for all of them. I would definitely recommend this book!
A Pleasant Addition to Any Thanksgiving Tradition  Nov 24, 2002
It is hard to predict how the politically correct police will respond to the publication of this engaging children's book. While the lead character is an Indian (or Native American or whatever p.c. term is in vogue these days) which they generally view positively, he is also a Christian which they generally view negatively. The plot twist that has Squanto embracing the Christian faith should truly ruffle some feathers (so to speak) because faddish dictates say that all religions save Christianity and Judaism are beneficial. Obviously by finding his new faith, he leaves the old one behind.

Well, it's too bad that the censorious elites may go on the warpath over this uplifting true story, because they will miss out on a great read. While Squanto's name is relatively familiar, his biography is penumbral to even many well-educated Americans. His story should be better known because he personified the American Spirit before there was a United States.

Kidnapped as a boy of twelve and taken across the ocean as promising chattel in the slave trade, he was blessed to have been "purchased" by some monks who took pity on him. (In a truly irritating development to the p.c. crowd it is his liberators who are portrayed as religious while his evil captors are not.) The Italian monks strive to return Squanto to his family but the homecoming takes ten years. Sadly that is too late as a plague has wiped out his entire village before his return. The remainder of the story summarizes the famous part of Squanto's life--his mutually salvific interactions with the Pilgrims. Charmingly illustrated this American tale may not be the best for very young children because it deals honestly with depravity of the slave trade although that is a tertiary focus of the story. And though the target audience is much younger, adults will enjoy this salutary narrative of a remarkable life that knew devastating heartbreak and ultimately redemptive joy.


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