THE SIGN OF THE BEAVER BOOK
The Sign of the Beaver is a children's historical novel by American author Elizabeth George Speare, which has won numerous literary awards. It was published in February , and has become one of her most popular works. The idea for this book came from a factual story that Elizabeth George. Sign of the Beaver. Published by Teacher Like this book? You can publish your book online for free in a few minutes! View in Fullscreen. Visit Scholastic, the world's largest children's book publisher. Whether you need a classic kids book or classroom-proven teaching materials, discover it at.
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The Sign of the Beaver book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Twelve-year-old Matt is left on his own in the Maine wild. The Sign of the Beaver [Elizabeth George Speare] on cittadelmonte.info Sold by: Book Depository US #1 Best Sellerin Children's Native American Books. Editorial Reviews. cittadelmonte.info Review. When his father returns East to collect the rest of the The Sign of the Beaver was a Newbery Honor Book; author Elizabeth Speare has also won the Newbery Medal twice, for The Witch of Blackbird.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Matt and his father have spent the spring building a cabin in the wilderness of Maine where they will be among the first settlers on lands occupied by the native Americans. Now that the cabin is habitable Matt's father is ready to leave to collect the rest of the family and Matt is going to stay and look after the cabin. This is a big responsibility for a twelve year old boy and Matt is initially apprehensive but after a good night's sleep he begins to enjoy the solitude. He had been concerned that time might drag by but finds that there are barely enough hours in the day for all of the tasks he has to accomplish in order to keep the cabin running.
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Need help? Last edited by ImportBot. August 12, History. Add another edition? The sign of the beaver Elizabeth George Speare. The sign of the beaver Close. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove The sign of the beaver from your list? Matt and Attean were going to visit the beaver damagain.
Matt was carrying the rabbit and swinging it backand forth. Suddenly, Attean stopped. He heard a sound in thebushes. It was a smallbear cub. It looked funny and Matt almost laughed outloud, but next came a larger bear with an angry look in itseyes. Matt had the sense not to run. A bear could catch arunning man in three jumps. The bear stood up on his legsand showed her claws. Then Attean leaped with hisknife. Matt followed with his own knife, but the bear wasalready dying.
Attean stood over the bear saying words in a soft voice. He told Matt he was saying that he was sorry. He had notbeen hunting the bear. He asked the bear to forgive him. Attean told Matt he had moved just like an Indian. Mattknew that Attean had killed the bear, but he did feel like hehad helped. He was very proud and wished he could have They let the cub go, but took the rabbit home. Matt knewhe could not waste the animal he had hunted. Indians donot hunt for sport.
He wanted to tell his father about the bear. He wanted his father to be home. Something moved at the edge of the woods.
Matt leaped tohis feet. He saw a stranger with an ugly, painted face. Itwas Attean. He was going to go to the Indianvillage. It was a long way. They walked for more than anhour and then they got in a canoe and headed across thesilver river. Matt followed Attean toward a light in thewoods until they ran into a wall of tree posts.
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Attean lead him through a gateway into an open space. There was a circle of cabins and cone-shaped wigwams. In the center of the circle was a fire with three iron pots. Matt could smell boiling meat. Then he saw the Indians. Women were in their bright clothskirts and wore silver armbands and silver necklaces. No one seemed to notice Matt. They seemed to bewaiting. After a long pause, Saknis came toward him. Hisface was streaked with paint.
He wore a long red coat anda crown of feathers. Matt thought he looked like a king. Saknis welcomed him. A squaw cameto him with something to drink. The Indians waited. Then Attean began to speak. He was telling the story ofthe bear. He told how Matt had thrown the rabbit at thebear. Attean was a good storyteller. He made it very exciting. When he was done, the Indians jumped to their feet. Theymade a long line and started to dance. Then the womendanced. And then the children were dancing, too.
Matt joined the dance, filled with excitement andhappiness. A squawbrought him a wooden bowl filled with thick, hot stew. Itwas bear meat, and it tasted good. Matt had two full bowlsand then got very sleepy. The celebration was very noisy, with lots of laughing. Atlast they fell silent and another story began. He had almost fallen asleep while sitting up. Attean laughed and lead him away. They did not go home. He took Matt to a wigwam and showed him a bed coveredwith animal skins.
Matt heard the Indians dancing again,but happily fell asleep. Chapter 17When Matt woke up, he could hear people outside thewigwam. He looked around the wigwam and saw cookingpots, rolled up mats, baskets and a heap of ashes sendingup a wisp of smoke. He came outside and saw the villageas it looked in sunlight. He saw a few cabins covered withbark, and wigwams that looked flimsy and weak.
There were rows of drying fish hanging from branches, andheaps of shells and animal bones on the ground. Atteancame to take Matt home. Matt looked around at the Indians.
The Indians werewearing their everyday clothes. Women were workingwith corn. Two women were pounding corn and otherswere grinding it with stones. Some old men sat in front oftheir tents smoking. Children were playing. Guns cost a lot of beaver skins. Hesounded very angry.
Matt followed Attean to the canoe.
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He really wanted tostay, but he could see that Attean was ready to go. As he Matt could see now why Attean was very quiet around him. He saw that the Indians were poor and needed all thebeavers. He knew the white man had hurt the Indians. Could they ever be friends?
Chapter 18Matt looked at the sticks. There were ten. That meantAugust was long gone, and September was almost over.
Where was his family? He left trail signs to find his way back andlooked for Indian signs. One day he saw a tree with thesign of the turtle. He knew it was time to turn back. As he started back, he heard a sound like a dog crying. Then he heard a low whining. It was the sound of a fox ina trap. Attean had told him not to mess with a Turtle trap,but Matt could not ignore.
Matt found the sound, but it was not a fox.
It was a dog,an Indian dog. He tried to open the trapand the dog snapped at him. He tried again, and the dogsnapped again. This was not going to work. He had toget Attean. He ran through the woods, following the signshe had left. He got to the river that was near the villageand swam across. When he got to the village, he stoppedwhen the dogs began barking.
Out hunting. They tookhim to see her. Matt started talking very fast. The woman stared at himThen a girl came from inside. She looked a lot likeAttean. She was Marie his sister. Marie understood the problem and she told thegrandmother. She pleaded with the grandmother until itwas OK. She left for a few moments and came back witha blanket and a large chunk of meat Before they could go,the grandmother made Matt come in so she could fix thecut on his hand.
Matt thanked the grandmother, but really wanted to go. Soon Matt and Marie were on the trail and back to the dog. The dog knew the girl and started wagging his tail, but hewould not let them open the trap. Mattopened the trap and the dog jumped out. The dog hobbled on three legs, the fourth one stuck out at afunny angle. It was broken. Halfway to the river, theycame up to Attean. He tried to be angry, but he reallyloved the dog. He took the broken paw into his hands.
Chapter 19Two days later, Matt was invited back to the village Hewas invited by the grandmother. She was surprised that awhite boy would do so much for an Indian dog. She saidhe was welcome. So once again Matt crossed the river and went to the Indianvillage. He did not feel so much like a stranger. Saknisheld out his hand to welcome. The grandmother did notsmile, but she did not frown either. Marie smiled, but didnot speak.
The old woman gave the men bowls with fishstew and corn. After they ate, Attean took Matt around the village. He wanted toknow how they fixed the food, made baskets that could boilwater, and more.
Attean did not want to talk aboutsquaws. He wanted to play. He took Matt over to agroup of boys. They played a game with stones likemarbles. They played a game like soccer. Then theywent swimming. When it was time to go, the grandmother gave him a pieceof cake.
The dog was waiting outside. When Matt gotinto the canoe, the dog jumped in next to him. He hadnever done that before. Attean told him that the dogremembered what Matt had done, how he had saved himfrom the trap.
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Matt reached down and pet the dog. Attean let Matt out of the canoe, but did not follow. It wasdark and Matt was a little worried. Attean was notworried. He believed in Matt. Matt felt like he hadpassed a test. For the first time since his I father had gone,he did not feel alone in the forest. Chapter 20For the next few days Matt waited for Attean to come backand invite him to the village. Attean did not come for aweek. He did not come to listen to a story. He had otherthings on his mind.
He was going to go on a hunt. Every year, in the fall, the Indians hunted the great moose. Whole families moved away from the village to follow theanimal Attean was leaving the next day. He was not goingto hunt moose he was going to find his manitou. Manitouwas a spirit. Every Indian boy had to find his manitoubefore he could be a man.
He was to go into the forest alone. He would build awigwam out of branches, and stay there alone for manydays. He would not eat anything at all. He would drink alittle water, and sing the songs that his grandfather at taughthim. If he did this, his manitou would come to him. Hewould have a new name. He would be a hunter. This was something Matt could not understand. Whatwould the manitou sound like, look like?
Would Attean still be a friend? Matt walked that night and the nights that followed,thinking of Attean. He knew that Attean had been afraid. He knew that Attean must find his manitou. He hopedAttean would.
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Chapter 21One morning Attean came back. Matt had been waiting,but when he saw Attean, he was worried. Attean was notalone. He was with his grandfather, Saknis. Matt wentout to greet them. Saknis did not smile. Matt looked atAttean. He did not smile either. He stood taller andstraighter. He looked older. Attean had found hismanitou. Also, he carried a shiny new rifle. Attean was now a man, but he still got excited when heshowed Matt his gun.
The old man came to tell Matt that the Indians wereleaving. They were going north to hunt the moose. Hewanted Matt to come with the Indians before the snowcame. Matt was very excited. Saknis was asking him to go onthe big hunt. But he could not go. He had to wait for hisfather. Saknis did not argue. He held out his hand andshook hands with Matt. Then the two Indians turned andwent away. He had heard storiesof people wha had lived with the Indians and did not wantto go back to He had always liked the life that Atteanhad and he would like the people of the village.
He justcould not leave his family. He could not believe theywould not be there. And why had Attean walked away? Was he angry withSaknis? Was he tired of the white boy now that he was ahunter? Chapter 22Every morning Matt still kept an eye out for Attean.
After four days he decided that he would never see hisfriend again. He thought the Indians must have left theirvillage and started the hunt for the moose. So he was very happy when he saw Attean come walkingup with his dog behind him. But Matt told Atteanhe must wait for his father. Attean had a gift from his grandfather to give to Matt. Itwas a new pair of snowshoes.
Then Attean pulled out agift from his grandmother. It was a small birch basket ofmaple sugar.
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