Paperback – Chapter Book

The Sign of the Beaver

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Reading age 9 -12 years
Print length 135 pages
The Sign of the Beaver

Book Description

In this Newbery Honor Book, a thirteen-year-old boy struggles to survive on his own in the wilderness of eighteenth-cen... Read more

Book Details
  • Reading Age: 9 -12 years
  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Book Format: Paperback – Chapter Book
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395338902
  • Item Weight: 3.7 oz
  • Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.71 x 8.25 inches

Reading Guide for Parents

Summary: This is the story of a 13-year-old boy who befriends Indians and learns from them how to survive for almost six months on his own while waiting for the rest of his family to arrive.
  • Character Development: In this book, set in 1700s Maine, Matt learns self-reliance while guarding his family's new homestead. His father's absence teaches him patience and discipline. When a stranger steals his rifle, Matt must find courage and learn to survive without it.
  • Parental Themes: The father has to leave Matt by himself to go and pick up his mother and siblings. It will take his father six months before he returns. 
  • Reglious Themes: On page 107, the Indian boy who teaches Matt to fish and hunt in the forest explains his spiritual beliefs to Matt. This is an opportunity to talk with your child and explain to them how Indians have different beliefs and how, throughout life, we will encounter people who hold different beliefs than what is stated in the Bible. In another instance the indian boy says a prayer.
  • Sexual Content: None
  • Substance Use: None
  • Violence/Gore: Matt and the indian boy kill a bear.  
  • Language: None
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