The Sign of the Beaver

The Sign of the Beaver Although he faces responsibility bravely thirteen year old Matt is than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness When a renegade white strange

Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen year old Matt is than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand theirAlthough he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen year old Matt is than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier.Elizabeth George Speare s Newbery Honor winning survival story is filled with wonderful detail about living in the wilderness and the relationships that formed between settlers and natives in the 1700s Now with an introduction by Joseph Bruchac.

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  1. I was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1908 I have lived all my life in New England, and though I love to travel I can t imagine ever calling any other place on earth home Since I can t remember a time when I didn t intend to write, it is hard to explain why I took so long getting around to it in earnest But the years seemed to go by very quickly In 1936 I married Alden Speare and came to Connecticut Not till both children were in junior high did I find time at last to sit down quietly with a pencil and paper I turned naturally to the things which had filled my days and thoughts and began to write magazine articles about family living Then one day I stumbled on a true story from New England history with a character who seemed to me an ideal heroine Though I had my first historical novel almost by accident it soon proved to be an absorbing hobby Elizabeth George Speare 1908 1994 won the 1959 Newbery Medal for THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, and the 1962 Newbery Medal for THE BRONZE BOW She also received a Newbery Honor Award in 1983, and in 1989 she was presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her substantial and enduring contribution to children s literature.

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  1. 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 de [...]

  2. 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 fighting.I 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 togeth [...]

  3. 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 around.I would say this also qualifies as The Literature of Honor for Middle Boys which I have not put together yet.

  4. I read this book years ago before I started my 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 H.A.T.E 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Both my daughter and I found this book captivating We re both fans of Native American stories, and of stories of survival We got both with this one Highly recommended for younger readers with a taste for pioneer life fiction.

  9. A quite enjoyable read for a Sunday afternoon It s simple and easy, asking relevant questions 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 keeping the book, so I d like to add this back to my shelves someday.

  10. 3 stars Nice story for ages 10 and up.It s educational about surviving in the wild Indian style and seeing a friendship develop between Indian boy Attean and Matt who is 12 years old Attean s grandfather wants Matt to teach Attean how to read and write in white man s language Attean teaches Matt how to trap, fish, make a bow and arrow, etc I liked learning things that the Indians did It s a pleasant read, but it didn t excite me or surprise me the way Hatchet by Gary Paulsen did Hatchet was the [...]

  11. This was an awesome book I love reading books like this that show how friendships can develop even when you re of different cultures.

  12. I read this book as a kid Fourth grade maybe, it s hard to remember All I remember is that I loved it I loved anything about survival in the wilderness I had wanted to run away with my dog into the woods as a kid and recall reading this voraciously I would like to re read it for my inner child.

  13. I ve loved The Witch of Blackbird Pond since I was about twelve, but I had somehow never read The Sign of the Beaver A teacher friend outed me for not having read it in front of her whole class of fifth graders, so then I clearly had no choice And it was good It s no Witch, but very few things could be This is aimed at a slightly younger audience, and it s about a boy and rather action oriented.13 year old Matt and his father have traveled to the Maine wilderness to build a homestead then the f [...]

  14. Ok I had heard various Native American reviewers pan this book for its stereotypical portrayals I m still not that great at evaluating Native American literature but I ll list some things that stuck out to me 1 Usage of the word squaw I m pretty sure that s generally not ok.2 Going off 1, Speare gives the impression that women were not valued in Indian culture.3 I don t think a tribe name is ever mentioned The Indians are referred to and refer to themselves as Indians from context I think they a [...]

  15. It was a good book.It had these sad moments in the book,but the rest of it was good.If our you I would read this bookchokengtitik

    titikchokengs its historical fiction.

  16. I liked this book the begining was ok but then it started to get way better I wanted to keep reading this book because all of us wanted to find out were his parents where they were WAIT that would be a spoiler alert but you would know if you read the book.

  17. The end was awful The baby was dead and Attean was gone forever But the general survival story was pretty neat, but nothing any average person couldn t handle I had really hoped that Attean would come and stay with Matt for the winter and matts family would never return but hey I m not the writer I m the reader I read the book I was disappointed.

  18. I really enjoyed this adventure with Matt I wish that my boys had been able to read this one when they were younger This is just the type of book and hero that my guys love If you have young men in your life, this would be a wonderful read aloud together.

  19. A 12 year old boy named Matt is moving into the forest with his family He and his father went there early to build a cabin while his mom and sisters stayed home His father has to leave him alone for multiple weeks so he can go get Matt s mom and sister His father left and Matt had to fend for himself When he was fishing one day a bear came into his cabin and ate everything Matt saw a bee s nest and tried to steal honey, he got stung and fainted Then an Indian found him and gave him medicine and [...]

  20. For my 8 yr old son s school, every year he gets a list of like 20 books he can choose from, and has to read around 4 5 and do a book report on them I usually make him read them all Except evil ones like Old Yeller This year, I realized there were many I hadn t read, or hadn t read in a very long time, so I m working my way through them so we can enjoy them together After he s read them, we plan on having movie nights for those that have movies This is the first one I read I d never read it befo [...]

  21. A children s book that doesn t pretend to be than it is the fairly tame story of a 12 year old boy left alone in the wild frontier of Maine He is befriended by and learns from a neighboring tribe of native Americans.Written in 1984, Sign of the Beaver is a bit dated in the way it portrays the native Americans and their pidgin English, but still offers a sympathetic portrait of their plight as white settlers push them from their hunting grounds In one especially clever stroke, the Newbery Honor [...]

  22. This is a wonderful book by the Newberry award winning author Elizabeth George Speare It tells of a family who make a claim for land in Maine The father and their son about 14 go out to the claim and built a small log cabin The father then leaves the boy there to keep hold of the claim whilst he goes back to collect his wife and younger children Nothing goes as the father plans and the boy is left alone far longer than was intended.He is befriended by a small group of Indians and is taught how t [...]

  23. The author tried to do show that the boys could be friends and Matt ends up rejecting some of his prejudices against Native Americans, but I really had a hard time understanding why Matt used slang words and why the Indians call themselves Indians Aren t they supposed to refer to their tribe I didn t feel like I learned a lot about Attean or the tribe so I m a little confused as to how he and Matt became brothers The fact that Matt refers to Attean as his Indian brother to his sister is a little [...]

  24. Read this book as part of the kids curriculum and we all really enjoyed it It s rare that my kids ask me to keep going when I finish a chapter I love teaching history through stories and this was a great insight into what life was like for both settlers and for the native american indians, without being particularly biased either way It was hard to live back then, and it gave both my kids and myself an appreciation for what it took to establish this country and to survive We also did a few activ [...]

  25. WOW Awsome book I read it as a school requirement, all night It s a shorter book but has so much meaning you really have to think about what Matt Main Character goes through.In the very beggining of the book you find out that Matt who has lived in Massachussetts all his life, now has to move to the Territory of Maine Takes place in the late 1700 s Together Matt and his dad build a cabin, plant crops and set up their land It is then that Matt is told by his father that he ll be left alone at thei [...]

  26. This was a great book if you love to read about hunting and adventures You will be left hanging at the end of chapters and you will want to keep reading until the end The ending is very shocking but very realistic I would definitely recommend this book

  27. An amazing story of a young man left to dfend his family s new homestead in Maine as his father travels back to MA to bring back his mother and siblings During his time alone, he is comes to depend on the Native inhabitants of the region and learns about cultural differences between them.

  28. I liked the book but I didn t like how the baby died and they didn t explain about Ben the person who stole Matt s gun and never came back any I would give it 4 stars if the rating was 1 5 stars for the book.

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