I never leave reviews but I had to for this book. We ended our 2020-2021 homeschool year with My Indian Brother and oh my goodness. Absolutely wonderful! Not only is it beautifully written (at times I felt like I was sitting in the woods) but it teaches REAL history. My kids are ages 6-13 and they all loved it.
WE LOVE THIS BOOK! Every day we read. Chapter for our history lesson, my kids begged me to read more. This captivating book is well written and so fun. We absolutely loved it and will definitely be reading it again and again!
Both my kids ages 9 & 5 loved it. It was hard book to put down.
I did this as a read aloud to go along with history 3 unit 2 and I wonder if it might have worked better as an independent read. Reading aloud felt choppy and I wasn’t engaged with the story until the last four chapters. Those four chapters make the book worthwhile but I don’t know if it was because the focus is on two teenage boys, and I was reading it with a 9 yr old girl, but I didn’t identify with the characters or find a lot of interest in their story till pretty far in. I think when my son is older he might find it interesting as it is essentially a teenager coming of age story. I did enjoy the progression of Brad and Sabattis’ relationship and the hard decisions Brad faced. I found the way Brad’s thoughts were conveyed in the story to be confusing, I had to keep mentally reminding myself he didn’t say them out loud. My daughter said it was a good story and I agree because of the last four chapters.
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!
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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