I am a bit of a snob about children's books. So many of them are fiddle faddle and I don't want my little children's minds filled will fiddle faddle. But this story is SO good!
The introduction read, "Every once in a great while, the hand of God is easy to see, and for a brief moment, fairy tales and history are the same thing. This story is about one of those times." The only thing I slightly disagree with is that it is "only once in a great while" that we see the hand of God... I think we see it if we are looking for it. But, I am getting side tracked.
It was a great book! I got all teary and got hand pats from little dimpled hands when I read this... "'It is like the story of Joseph from our sacred Scriptures. Like you Joseph was also taken from his home and sold as a slave. But, God had a plan for him. Through Joseph, God was able to save many people form starving. What man had intended for evil. God intended fro good.' Then Bradford smiled at Squanto. 'Perhaps God has send you to be our Joseph.'"
Gov. William Bradford wrote in his journal, “Squanto is a special instrument sent by God for their good beyond their expectations.”
The story is closed with these sweet words, "Hallelujah! Who but the glorious God of heaven could so miraculously weave together the wandering lives of a lonely Patuxet brave and a struggling band of English Pilgrims in such a way that would bless the whole world of centuries to come?"
Yes, who but God!
The Mayflower Compact
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN.
We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the faith, etc.
Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honor of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the llth of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth.
Anno Domini 1620.