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The Sign of the Beaver [Reading] ➸ The Sign of the Beaver ➮ Elizabeth George Speare – Twelve year old Matt is left on his own in the Maine wilderness while his father leaves to bring the rest of the family to their new settlement When he befriends Attean an Indian chief's grandson he i Twelve year old Matt of the ePUB ↠ is left on his own in the Maine wilderness while his father leaves to bring the rest of the family to their new settlement When he befriends Attean an Indian chief's grandson he is invited to join the Beaver tribe and move north Should Matt abandon his hopes of ever seeing his family again and go on to a new life.

10 thoughts on “The Sign of the Beaver

  1. Julie Julie says:

    It's the time of the American Revolution and new Americans like Matt and his family are heading out to colonize areas of virgin territoryMatt and his father head to Maine territory to stake their claim which involves declaring their land building a home and planting crops Once they've accomplished this Matt's father is tasked with returning to their home town in Massachusetts to gather Ma younger sister Sarah and the new baby so they may start their lives together in their new homeIn order for Pa to travel to retrieve the rest of the family he must leave behind Matt to protect their claimAnd poor Matt is only 13 when he realizes that He was alone with miles of wilderness stretching on every sideHe's alone without a good dog theirs has died and his only gun is stolen by a sketchy trapper in one of the very first chaptersShitIndians are around and they're both bitter and bemused by this lonely white boy defending his wood and mud castle They have awful lines like “Me no see 'um like white man do” But there's a dog in the story owned by the Indian boy and a fox and a bear and you can't help but cheer for young Matt because frankly he's been put in a lousy positionThis was a read aloud at our house a special treat for my 10 year old without her 7 year old sister—much arguing ensued and she's an animal NUTTER so the dog alone captured her interestI'm a dog nut myself and I own “only” three because I can't afford to feed than three the way I do organic and free range food but I would own ten if I could No I'm not kidding if I had money or land or staff I'd happily own 10 dogsSo the realization of how crucial it was to own a dog hit me hard in this story I can't even imagine being out in the woods with the bears and stinky humans without a loyal dogThe moral to the story a good dog is hard to find

  2. Karina Karina says:

    Great historical fiction novel for YAs The year is 1768 in Maine The white men are taking land from the Native Americans Thirteen year old Matt is left alone after the cabin home in the wilderness is built to grab his pregnant wife and young daughter in Massachusetts While Matt awaits for their return a sly white man steals his prized rifle When the rifle is gone Matt realizes he will starve if he cannot shoot his meals or protect himselfWhile in the woods one day he gets a hankering for honey climbing a tree with a honeycomb and many bees He has now pissed off the bees Matt dives into the water nearby nearly drowning Saknis a Native American chief has been taking care of this white boy through the forest and saves his life Matt and Saknis' grandson Attean form a friendship full of respect and learning It is because of Attean's teaching that Matt can survive his circumstances He also broadens Matt's ideals with uestions Matt thought he as a white person had rights to An uncomfortable doubt had long been troubling Matt Now before Attean went away he had to know 'This land' he said slowly 'this place where my father built his cabin Did it belong to your grandfather? Did he own it once?'How one man own ground?' Attean uestioned?Well my father owns it now He bought itI not understand' Attean scowled How can man own land? Land same as air Land for all people to live on For beaver and deer Does deer own land? PG 116 117White man now has homes in the low 500k LOLI wish history had been taught with truth instead of the boring half truths we received Did you know that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts paid bounty on Indian scalps? And they were considered the savages? Hmmm Shameful fact of American history my history teacher never told me about or I would have paid attention in class Enjoyed the story Short and to the point Teaching young kids the importance of seeing other humans no matter how different as beings worthy of respect Joseph Bruchac Introduction

  3. Tima Tima says:

    When I read this book at a much younger age I adored it Let's be real I probably had an unrealistic crush on the fictional Attean Tall dark handsome strong intelligent good with hands ;Alright alright so he is 14 in this book but I was merely a young lass enad with the idea of a gorgeous Native American boy to sweep me off my feet Now about the book itself It is an easy read for 2nd 5th graders I would say It doesn't teach much but the plot is catching enough that young readers would devour it A young boy's father leaves him alone in a cabin surrounded by nothing but forest while he returns to uincy Maine to retrieve his wife and child In his absence Matt boy meets Attean Indian and against all odds they become friends As things progress he is invited to join the tribe in their move West Does he abandon the cabin he's guarded for almost a year or does he wait for his family's return? cue dramatic music You'll just have to read it to find out What I don't like is the inconsistent writing The author used very ridiculous speech for the Indians Me Attean We no like white man White man words bad She gives the boy's father a type of hybrid old english southern alabama accent while Matt's is plain ol' english At times she uses modern slang such as the village was awesome and now it looks lame

  4. Cindy Rollins Cindy Rollins says:

    For this category of book Historical Fiction Mid Elementary to Middle School this is a 5 Star book It is a great book to give a child who needs reading practice but likes good stories I had my recent studentsread it aloud to me and it was perfect for that also I have read it several times and still did not get bored this time aroundI would say this also ualifies as The Literature of Honor for Middle Boys which I have not put together yet

  5. Donalyn Donalyn says:

    I read this book years ago before I started my Goodreads account and added it to my shelves based on my long term memories of it but I have lowered my original rating from 4 stars to 2 stars after reading several newer articles about its problematic misrepresentation of Native Americans Please reference these articles in the comments below

  6. Aaron C Aaron C says:

    In my book Sign of the Beaver Matt an English teenage settler befriends and Indian named Attean I found this book interesting because during this time the English and the Indians had a relationship that could best be described as fightingI couldn’t get over the fact that Matt seemed to be realizing slowly that he wasn’t just bonding with Attean but slowly growing the relationship of a friend Once Matt started to get to know Attean through Attean’s father the boys started to do things together Attean taught Matt to hunt and trap Matt taught Attean to speak English They bonded further when Attean invited Matt to a tribal celebration Sharing these experiences made Matt comfortable with Attean and he knew he had someone he could count on He felt less alone in the wilderness Also he had someone to rely onI think this friendship was odd was because of their races This friendship would be crazy because Attean was an Indian It’s like a white man becoming friends with a African American man during civil rights Everything going on around them was against it but neither if them let that affect them I didn’t see much of that but I could tell from the first time Matt met Attean that he had never had an Indian as a best friend before In fact he never knew why That’s one of the reasons I think this author did that Not just to express how strange this relationship was for this time but too also show how easy it was for people of two different cultures could become friends and be okay with itFinally I think matt realized this friendship was different than others because he didn’t end up caring that Attean was an Indian he was just concentrated on him being a friend and a good one at that I felt that Matt found the true meaning of friendship to him That’s what I got from this book Someone you think is an enemy becomes a friend

  7. Kris Kris says:

    A uite enjoyable read for a Sunday afternoon It's simple and easy asking relevant uestions for any young kid in elementary school Historical without being too overwhelmingly detailed Heartfelt and sincere without being too sappy I feel like I read this back during my early homeschool days but I've no memory of it

  8. Sasha Sasha says:

    Great book for young men I liked the illustration of both sides of the story from the Native American point of view as well as the English settler I loved the continual comparison to Robinson Crusoe as well as the Bible references and similar Native American version of the story of Noah I cried when Attean and Matt had to say goodbye Great story of survival and hope

  9. Jenna Kilpatrick Jenna Kilpatrick says:

    This book was very detailed that almost made the book way interesting When I found out that the book was based off of an actual story well mostly I was shocked with surprise because I usually HATE with a capital HATE Historical Fiction The ending of this book took me by surprise because Ben never came back and take something else like Matt's fishing line He is such a mysterious character that the was surprise to me

  10. Liam Liam says:

    I thought the Sign of the Beaver was a five star book because there was so much action that made you wonder will he make it or something else We read this book during class It had so many wondering moments like Will Matts parents make it back to sleep the cabin? That's why I gave this book the amazing five stars because it was one of the best books I have read

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