- File Size: 665 KB
- Print Length: 149 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0395338905
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (April 27, 1983)
- Publication Date: April 27, 1983
- Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003JTHWNW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I don’t usually care for what I consider historical fiction, but this book held my interest, and even my sons. I questioned him on what message he thought was being taught, and he understood.
The story was written in such a way that many age groups can enjoy it.
I personally liked that the story was written in the eyes of a 13 yr old boy. Seeing the world through a young teenager was very interesting to me.
It has the feel of a classic tale, but seems a bit old fashioned in its tone and writing. My Minecraft and YouTube-loving son found it to be boring in some parts, but he got through it and did a great book report.
First, someone steals the gun that Matt's dad left behind for him. Then Matt meets some of the Indians in the area. The chief wants Matt to teach his grandson, Attean, to read English. Attean is two years older than the twelve-year-old Matt, and Matt looks up to him. As the weeks progress, Attean begins to show Matt how to live off the land. Will that help Matt survive until his family returns?
While this book isn't as famous as the author's two Newbery Award winners, it's still a great read. The characters of Matt and Attean are so real, and watching them change step by step is captivating. Even though I've read this book several times, I had a hard time putting it down on my latest reread.
Really, this is two coming of age stories, Matt's and Attean's. But underneath that is the story of race relations in 1768 Maine. There are so many layers to the story, which is part of what makes it easy to get into the story.
If you are looking for more books b Elizabeth George Speare, definitely pick this one up. You'll be captivated before you know it.
When I first started student teaching, my collaborating teacher gave me this 1983 YA novel to teach 5th graders. I fell in love with the characters and Elizabeth George Speare's writing style. Tight but descriptive, and full of emotional impact, there is not a wasted syllable. This is a story of innocence, wilderness survival, the kindness of strangers, respect, trust, and friendship. The characters of Matt, Attean, and the grandfather clearly "leap off the pages!" Multi-award-winning, "Sign of the Beaver" is well worth your child's reading time -- and yours too!
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This indian is a chief among his tribe and introduces Matt to his grandson Attean who becomes a very close friend, Matt discovers many new ways to survive in the forest and also begins to understand the way of life of the Beaver Clan and their problems in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier, an excellent and well written book.
Written by Ben Schlagbauer. Age 13.
The Sign of the Beaver is about the friendship between two boys: Matt, an America settler who has built a cabin in the forest with his father, and Attean, a Native American boy. When Matt is left at the cabin whilst his father goes to fetch the rest of the family he is alone for weeks. During an unfortunate incident with a bees nest, he meets some Indians of the local Beaver clan. Matt meets Attean when the chief of the Beavers makes a treaty with Matt: reading lessons for Attean in return for food. Over time the boys’ friendship develops. Attean teaches Matt how to hunt like an Indian and provide for himself.
This book is meant for children but I enjoyed it very much from an adult perspective too. I imagine it would send a positive message to children about friendship and breaking down boundaries. I certainly plan to give this book to a child in my family who will enjoy it.