ENCOUNTER by Jane Yolen

This week we have been reading and talking about a book called ENCOUNTER.

This story is about a young native boy who had a dream, the dream was about giant birds in the water coming for the island he lives in. The next day 2 ships arrived at their island and people started coming out.Explorers. He warned his people that he had a dream about these big canoes but they didn’t listen, they welcomed the explorers to a feast and showed them what they do there because it was a tradition, but when the explorers started staring at their gold nose rings and bracelets. He and a few others from his tribe went with them on their boat and when they had just reached the point where he couldn’t see land anymore he jumped of because he changed his mind. He swam to the nearest island and started warning the people there to not welcome them , but they didn’t listen because he was a little child. At the end he is sitting on a tree log staring off to sea with a cute behind him.

It was very important for the boy to tell the others because he had a dream about it and was very scared, another reason is that he saw what the others didn’t see.Greed.

The lives of the locals changed because Christopher Columbus keep coming back and started to show them things they didn’t know and started building there and then it was over. The local people couldn’t get their lives back so they just helped Christopher Columbus make America.

I think it was a good thing for the Spanish because they got more money because of America, but for the natives it was good for the people who started to get bored of hunting and that stuff but for others they wanted to keep their culture but couldn’t do anything.


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