The Sign of the Beaver

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  • Book Title: The Sign of the Beaver Author: Elizabeth George Speare Storyboard Created By: Sarah Kota
  • Hi! My name is Matt.
  • I am Matt's Father.
  • My name is Sarah!
  • I am Marie.
  • I am Matt's Mother.
  • I am Attean's Grandma!
  • My name is Ben!
  • I am Attean!
  • I am Saknis!
  • Setting The setting of the story is in Maine Woods, off the Penobscot River. This place has a lot in common with the characters in the story. They are all in transition or on the brink of doing so.
  • Rising Action Matt's happy-go-lucky attitude swirls down after the arrival of Ben. The wanderer not only helps himself to Matt's hospitality and dinner, but he takes off with his riffle. Adding insult to injury, Matt scuffles with a beehive, landing himself in a venom-induced coma. Saknis and his grandson, Attean, watch the beehive brawl and jump into action in time to save his life. After that Matt and Attean are forced to meet regulary for reading lessons though this quickly turns into hunting/survival lessons for Matt.
  • Conflict As Matt joined the Indians he found out that Attean's grandmother if not a fan of him. Matt stumbles upon Attean's good-for-nothing pooch in the woods and he's in a steel trap. The dog happens to hate Matt, so he can't get near him without loosing a hand, but this doesn't prevent Matt from saving the pup. He runs to the Indian village to ask for help but all he can find there is Attean's grandma and his sister. It turns out that their interaction goes pretty smoothly
  • Solution After Indians leave, Matt makes a decision to stay on his family's land. That caused three things to happen that wrap up the story: -He earns Attean's lifelong respect -He's ready and waiting when his family shows up -His Dad is very proud of him.
  • My Reaction The Sign of the Beaver is a wonderful book. Lots of exciting scenes filled with a variety of characters and adventure. I like the theme of friendship, compassion, and forgiveness. This was an excellent introduction to life among pioneers and Native Americans in the 1700's. I would recommend this book and rate it five stars.
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