The Sign of the Beaver (Newbery Winner on CD) Audio CD – Unabridged, April 27, 2004
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As the boys come to know each other Attean learns to speak English while Matt becomes a skilled hunter. Though many months have passed, there's no sign of Matt's family. Then Attean asks Matt to join the Beaver tribe and move north. Should Matt abandon his hopes of ever seeing his family again and move on to a new life?
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About the Author
- ASIN : 1400084970
- Publisher : Listening Library; Unabridged edition (April 27, 2004)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 3 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781400084975
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400084975
- Reading age : 10 years and up
- Grade level : 5 - 12
- Item Weight : 4.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.07 x 0.57 x 5.84 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #515,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A short summary : The Sign of the Beaver is about a young boy named Matt. Matt was left in his cabin while his dad went to go and get his wife and other kids. While he was gone Matt came upon a person and while they were sleeping the person named Ben stole his gun. Later in the story Matt was getting honey when he fell and ran into a lake which he fell into and almost drowned but an native American named Atten and his grandfather saved him.
Carter - Age 11
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.
Top reviews from other countries
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.