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Who's Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas…
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Who's Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage?

by Jean Fritz

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Jean Fritz has an interesting Forward in the book explaining why she writes biographies. The book is written about a little known translator from the Jamestown colony who lived with the Algonquians off and on until he was in his teens. Although the story is about Thomas Savage's life, it is an interesting account of the struggles of Jamestown and of its leaders. It is amazing the colony survived. This would be a good supplementary book for those studying Jamestown and American history. There are a few illustrations scattered throughout but the book is more information oriented. It reads somewhat like a text book. I wish she had added links for teachers to learn more about Jamestown. Some sites I found are: http://historyisfun.org/History-Jamestown.htm and
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/05/jamestown/jamestown-standalone. The target grades are most likely 4th grade through high school. ( )
  SuPendleton | Feb 9, 2014 |
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Thomas Savage was just thirteen when he sailed to the New World and was sent to live with Powhatan to learn the Algonquian language and be an interpreter between the Indians and the colonists. Pocahantas was a friendly teacher, and soon he was relaying messages. But as the tensions grew between the groups, Thomas’s job became difficult no matter how hard he tried not to take sides. Throughout the violent history of Jamestown, Thomas’s position provided a unique view of early America, now illuminated through the incomparable lens of Jean Fritz.

Jamestown is celebrating its 400th anniversary throughout 2007, and this child-centered account of history will draw young readers right into the drama.

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A biography of Thomas Savage, one of the early colonists of Jamestown, Virginia, who was sent to live among the Indians in order to learn their language and become an interpreter.

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