December 10, 2009

The Sign of the Beaver - by Elizabeth George Speare

Matt was just a boy when his dad took him deep into Maine territory to build a cabin in the wilderness. When his dad left to get the rest of the family from Boston, Matt was left alone... but not really. This is the captivating story of Matt's adventures in the woods, and it will have you on the edge of your seat. Angry bees and bears, nasty thieves, a mangy mutt, two books, and an unforgettable encounter with a local native tribe keep Matt more busy than he ever expected.

Not only will you enjoy this book, but it will make you think. How can two boys from totally different backgrounds move beyond their prejudices and become friends? What was it like long ago when white settlers began overtaking Native American land? How can a young boy survive alone in the wilderness? These and many more questions will be answered by the time you finish this timeless classic.

I'm reading this aloud to my class of fourth graders, and it's a hit.

1 comment:

Jessica Wheeler said...

Hi Mister K,

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