My three boys (5, 7, and 9) Loved this story as a read aloud! The older two have re-read it on their own several times. They talk about it, and it has become part of their outdoor imaginative play. It’s a fun adventure that introduces cultural understanding. All-around a win!
We started this as a read aloud, but my 8 year old wouldn’t wait for us and finished it on his own. I loved it as much as the kids did. It’s a beautiful story of friendship and adventure.
We read this book as a family read-aloud, and the whole family was engaged. This book is filled with wonderful messages, such as friendship, faith, respect, hard work, and family.
My 9-year-old son stopped me after the following passage from the book and said, “I love that; I just love that!”
“When summer has been slain by winter and her blood has stained the leaves of the oaks and maples…”
It makes a mama heart happy to see her boy (once deemed as a reluctant-reader) to be taking so much enjoyment in good and beautiful writing.
Adventure, friendship, hardship, and family are just some of the themes in His Indian Brother. As the boys work together, learn about each other without being able to speak each other’s languages and they learn how to get along and teach each other.
Wow, what a great tale of a young teen boy left to care for a new homestead all alone while waiting for his father and family to return. I didn’t want to stop reading about his hardships and to see what would happen next. I can’t imagine having to leave my boy alone in the woods like that to fend for himself for so long. The book also speaks of hard won respect and friendship with the native people. Definitely worth reading.
Brad and his father paddle up the river to the land they have just purchased in the wilds of Maine. After building a simple cabin and starting a garden, Brad’s father leaves to get the rest of his family. Brad is brave and industrious while his father is gone, but the young teenager starts to worry when he sees signs of Indians passing through the area. Things, however, go terribly wrong for Brad, and it appears his father may never return. Will he need the help of the Indians to survive?
Based loosely on a true experience, this exciting book shows how two very different teenage boys, both who think they are superior to the other, learn important life lessons about respect, tolerance, humility, brotherhood, hard work, and appreciation.
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 3 course.
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