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The Sign of the Beaver
The Sign of the Beaver
Author: Elizabeth George Speare
Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.
ISBN-13: 9780440800385
ISBN-10: 0440800382
Publication Date: 7/1984
Pages: 135
Reading Level: All Ages
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Wonderful book about a boy who is on his own in a cabin in the wilderness. He makes friends with a young indian boy. Great family read-aloud...even my husband is waiting to hear the next chapter every day! :)

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When his father returns East to collect the rest of the family, 13-year-old Matt is left alone to guard his family's newly built homestead. One day, Matt is brutally stung when he robs a bee tree for honey. He returns to consciousness to discover that his many stings have been treated by an old Native American and his grandson. Matt offers his only book as thanks, but the old man instead asks Matt to teach his grandson Attean to read. Both boys are suspicious, but Attean comes each day for his lesson. In the mornings, Matt tries to entice Attean with tales from Robinson Crusoe, while in the afternoons, Attean teaches Matt about wilderness survival and Native American culture. The boys become friends in spite of themselves, and their inevitable parting is a moving tribute to the ability of shared experience to overcome prejudice
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My daughter absolutely loved this book about a young boy who is left by his father in their wilderness log home in the Colonial times to fend for himself. He meets an Indian boy who shows him how to survive and their friendship flourishes. Your children will love this book.
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Captivating story full of emotion and suspense as two young boys from different worlds come to learn and appreciate one another's ways. Wonderful inside look at the daily life of Native American Indians during the beginning of the Westward Expansion of the U.S.
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There was a movie made of this book called "Keeping The Promise". The movie was pretty good but could have held a truer picture to the book. The book was better (isn't that usually the case?)
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Umpteenth story ever written of a 12 year old boy separated from his family who ends up being raised by Native Americans (who always seem willing to take these strange looking white kids under their wing). You have a better chance of being abducted by aliens these days than by our hard-pressed Native American brothers.
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I have not personally read this. I have just found it in my attic. Would advise to those who like Native American stories.
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This is a Dell yearling book. Two young boys: one indian, one English learn about each other and the different cultures.

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