We loved reading Zeke and the Fisher-Cat. We have been teaching our children about loving all of God’s chidden and this is a book that shows a friendship that does that. We loved reading this book out loud.
This story follows Zeke, a young teenager as he heads west with his uncle and cousin to start a homestead while his uncle teaches at the school. Within his hard work he befriends a native boy and this story covers there friendship across the different cultures. It contains hard work and a good, strong example for boys.
One caution though: with the tension in America right now, this story does depict a couple of the different native tribes and one tribe is ready to go to war against other tribes and the owanux aka the white man. I think the term savage was used once to refer to the savage behavior of the hunger for violence and war.
The whole family enjoyed this story of courage, kindness, and friendship!
Zeke and the Fisher-Cat is a wonderful story of friendship with some adventure thrown in. It is positive, uplifting, and wholesome.
This is a story of an unlikely friendship during the early colonization. It gives a glimpse of how life changed for the pioneers and the Indians while following a boy and his quest to save his sister. I got it for myself but ended up reading it to my daughters (7 & 9) because the story line was easy to follow and the interactions showed friendship and loyalty in troubled times. Their questions confirmed it was a good decision – they loved it and wanted to know more. This would also be a great read for a young man looking for guidance in work ethic, friendship, and compassion.
Fourteen-year-old Zeke and his family leave the Plymouth colony to build a new life in the wilds of Connecticut. When Zeke and his younger sister are captured by Pequots, Zeke wonders if his new Mohegan friend, Nemox, will prove loyal. Follow the adventures or Zeke, his Native American friend, and the fisher-cat that they find in the forest.
“We are so pleased to be bringing back some books by Virginia Frances Voight, an author whose writing is truly ‘good and beautiful,’ featuring high literary, moral, and educational value. Books like this one can get even reluctant readers interested in worthy books.”—Jenny Phillips
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