Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving

by Eric Metaxas

Other authorsShannon Stirnweis (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1999


Check shelf

Call number

E 92 Sq


Thomas Nelson Inc (1999), Edition: 1ST, 32 pages


Experience the true story from American history about the spiritual roots and historical beginnings of Thanksgiving. This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a twelve-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 landed in a strange new world.

Local notes


User reviews

LibraryThing member AngelaBates
This is a wonderful heartfelt book about a young brave American Indian named Squanto who is kidnapped at the age of twelve and is sold into slavery. It tells about his journey from his home land to Spain, then to London, and then back home again ten years after his capture. He is
Show More
heartbroken when he returns home to find that his entire village and family has been wiped out by sickness. However, he is introduced to a group of the pilgrims living on what once was his family's land and his heart is and faith is alive again seeing his families land occupied and alive again. The pilgrims and Squanto both believe that God has brought them together to bless each other and live side by side. Squanto goes on to teach the Pilgrims about growing crops and living off the land. This wonderful book ends in the first Thanksgiving and giving thanks to God for journey and Squanto and the Pilgrim's ultimate destination together.

Personal reaction to this book:
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very inspirational and educational. I love his spiritual references. The pictures in this book are also very bright and illustrate the story well.

1. I could use this book to teach children about the history of our first Thanksgiving and how it came about.
2. I could use this book to teach children that we could learn from people how are different then us.
3. I could use this book to teach children about working together as a community and how it could help everyone succeed.
Show Less
LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
Describes how the Massachusetts Indian Squanto was captured by the British, sold into slavery in Spain, and ultimately returned to the New World to become a guide and friend for the Pilgrims.
LibraryThing member Cbogstad
A simple story that misses some of the historical nuances, but hey, it's a kids book! Greatly enjoyable to read to my children and to the children at our church.


Original language


Physical description

32 p.; 9.2 x 9.12 inches


0849958644 / 9780849958649




Page: 0.2733 seconds