Sign of the beaver chapter 14 summary

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sign of the beaver chapter 14 summary

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Its the time of the American Revolution and new Americans like Matt and his family are heading out to colonize areas of virgin territory.

Matt and his father head to Maine territory to stake their claim, which involves declaring their land, building a home and planting crops. Once theyve accomplished this, Matts father is tasked with returning to their home town in Massachusetts to gather Ma, younger sister Sarah, and the new baby, so they may start their lives together in their new home.

In order for Pa to travel to retrieve the rest of the family, he must leave behind Matt to protect their claim.

And poor Matt is only 13, when he realizes that He was alone, with miles of wilderness stretching on every side.

Hes alone, without a good dog (theirs has died), and his only gun is stolen by a sketchy trapper in one of the very first chapters.


Indians are around, and theyre both bitter and bemused by this lonely white boy, defending his wood and mud castle. They have awful lines, like, “Me no see um like white man do.”

But theres a dog in the story (owned by the Indian boy) and a fox and a bear, and you cant help but cheer for young Matt, because, frankly, hes been put in a lousy position.

This was a read aloud at our house, a special treat for my 10-year-old (without her 7-year-old sister—much arguing ensued!!), and shes an animal NUTTER, so the dog alone captured her interest.

Im a dog nut myself, and I own “only” three, because I cant afford to feed more than three the way I do (organic and free range food), but I would own ten if I could. No, Im not kidding, if I had more money or more land (or staff), Id happily own 10 dogs.

So. . . the realization of how crucial it was to own a dog hit me hard in this story. I cant even imagine being out in the woods with the bears and stinky humans without a loyal dog.

The moral to the story: a good dog is hard to find.
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Sign Of The Beaver Summary

The Sign of the Beaver

We think you have liked this presentation. If you wish to download it, please recommend it to your friends in any social system. Share buttons are a little bit lower. Thank you! Published by Alan Daniel Hutchinson Modified over 4 years ago. Matt and his father had traveled to Maine that summer from their home in Massachusetts.

Matt finally completes his abridged version of Robinson Crusoe with Attean. Both boys are sad to see it end, and Attean admits that he has been relaying each day's lesson to the people in his camp around the fire each night. Matt realizes that he has only one other book, the Bible. All of sudden he remembers that many of the stories in the Bible have a lot of action and are very interesting. At the next lesson, Matt relays a Bible story to Attean, that of Noah and the ark. Afterwards, Attean says that his people have a very old story that is much like that of Noah.

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The main character learns survival skills from the Indian boy as they slowly form a trusting friendship. All without parents around! If your child has homework related to this book, below is the Sign of the Beaver summary of each chapter. You can discuss the book with your child to see how the comprehension is going. Chapter Twelve-year-old Matt and his father built a small cabin on their newly purchased land in Maine. Father left Matt at the cabin to guard it and tend the crops while he went back to get Mother, a sister and a new baby in Massachusetts.


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