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Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde…

Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims (original 1963; edition 1954)

by Clyde Robert Bulla (Author), Peter Burchard (Illustrator)

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For use in schools and libraries only. An Indian goes to London with some of the first English explorers, is sold into slavery in Spain, and finally returns to America where he befriends the Pilgrims when they land.
Title:Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims
Authors:Clyde Robert Bulla (Author)
Other authors:Peter Burchard (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Book Services (1954), Edition: Unknown
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Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla (1963)


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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
In my opinion, this is a great historical fiction book about an Indian who befriends the English Pilgrims after a long journey. The big idea of the story is the significance of bridging the cultural gap between two different types of people, and working together to create peace and happiness. One reason why I liked this book is because it pushes readers to think about tough issues and broaden their perspectives. Because this is a historical fiction book that dates back to the early 1620s, it forces readers to think about issues that wouldn’t happen nowadays. For instance, slavery was an issue in which Squanto was sold in Spain. Therefore, I like how this book teaches readers about the history of the Native Americans and makes them think about the horror of these real issues that occurred in history. I also really liked that the characters in the story are well-developed and realistic, which adds to the authenticity of this fictitious book. For instance, Squanto is described as an “old man with deep lines in his face. His long gray hair was tied so that it hung down his back like a foxtail,” (9). The reader not only learns about Squanto’s appearance but also that he speaks another language from the English and lives in a village, which is explained in the story. These details all enhanced the character, which gave me a clear vision of Squanto and all aspects of his life, which I really liked. ( )
  akoches | Apr 5, 2015 |
First this was more of a back story...leading up to "friend of the pilgrims."

It is definitely NOT nonfiction. At one point V asked, "how do they know what he was thinking?"

I read this after she talked about the pilgrims and Squanto in school, hoping to get a bit more in depth. For a K-1 grade level this was good. I was impressed they mentioned anything about slavery.

The characters were extremely wooden (even more than a typical young reader book.)

I didn't know that much about Squanto and was glad to learn more, though I take the facts in the book with a grain of salt. ( )
  djenczyk | Feb 7, 2014 |
the book to me was a good book about the history of this country I like how the book tell you of the struggles of the indian man and woman of that time I also like how the book tells how the indian people where looked at by those oppressors in that time era
  phorrestjacob | Jan 21, 2013 |
This is a great historical non fiction book about a indian named Squanto that becomes friends with the english in order to work together to create happy and more peaceful lives. I like this book because it shows how people worked together and made deals in the past the same as they do now. This book would be a great read for fifth graders.
  TaylorOgne | Dec 11, 2012 |
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The book is formula storytelling, but the truth of the various Squanto stories must be questioned. The myth is so ingrained that it is difficult to challenge. It is important that the child reader is aware that there may be "fiction" in these tales.
[Under alternative title of "Squanto: Friend of the White Man"...] This is a fictionalized account of the life of "Squanto" (Tisquantum), his long sojourn in England, captivity in Spain, and subsequent aid to the newly arrived Pilgrims. In attempting to portray a lifelike character, the author attributes questionable attitudes to Squanto, for example, his admiration of the "wonderful white men."

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Clyde Robert Bullaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Burchard, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lowenbein, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rust, KätheTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For use in schools and libraries only. An Indian goes to London with some of the first English explorers, is sold into slavery in Spain, and finally returns to America where he befriends the Pilgrims when they land.

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