The Sign of the Beaver

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Elizabeth George Speare

The Sign of the Beaver is a Newberry Honor book every boy should read. Matt is left alone for months to protect the log house he and his father have built in the Maine wilderness in 1769 while the father goes to fetch the rest of the family. It is beautiful story of the strength of a young boy as he confronts the challenges of survival with limited resources. Matt is befriended by a local Indian boy, Attean, who teaches him the ways of his people in trade for teaching him English. Matt uses his copy of Robinson Crusoe to teach Attean English, in doing so he is challenged to think about his perceptions of the relationship between the settlers and the native Indians. The story is full of adventure to make it an easy read and full of depth for great discussions. It would also be a great read aloud book for a family as the imagery is wonderful.

Cindy A., Circulation

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