“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Encounter. Author: Jane Yolen/Illustrator: David Shannon. Harcourt Brace, c. 1992.
Reading Level: 680L
Synopsis: Encounter is the story of a young Native American boy who shares his point of view of the historical arrival of the explorers to the New World. The night before the settlers arrive, the boy has a nightmare that foreshadows their arrival. Despite his warnings to the others, the Native Americans welcome them with open arms. What follows is an interesting take on an important historical event.
Rationale for Use: Vibrant, detailed illustrations. Unique point of view of an important historical event.
Content Area Connections: Native Americans, culture, New World, settlers
Possible Problems/Concerns: Depicts a historical event in a way that may be offensive to some as it depicts the explorers in a negative light.