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The Birchbark House Paperback – May 13, 2002 by Louise Erdrich (Author)

There was a baby girl on an island called Spirit Island. Everybody was dead from small pox. Who is this girl? Find out in The Birchbark House. Omakyas, Nokomis, Neewo, Pinch, Angeline, Yellow Kettle, Dey Dey, Fishtale, L’Patrue and Andeg are some of the characters. My favorite part is when L’Patrue said "I dreamed I had lice. " It was really funny! I also liked when Pinch ate all of the berries that they were saving for the winter. Winter is the scariest season in my opinion. It touched me when Omakyas found out that she was a healer, that is why The Birchbark House is a great book! I recommend this book to children in 4th grade and up because it has a lot of tough words and people dying. Check it out! Review Nineteenth-century American pioneer life was introduced to thousands of young readers by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books. With The Birchbark House, award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s first novel for young readers, this same slice of history is seen through the eyes of the spirited, 7-year-old Ojibwa girl Omakayas, or Little Frog, so named because her first step was a hop. The sole survivor of a smallpox epidemic on Spirit Island, Omakayas, then only a baby girl, was rescued by a fearless woman named Tallow and welcomed into an Ojibwa family on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island, the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. We follow Omakayas and her adopted family through a cycle of four seasons in 1847, including the winter, when a historically documented outbreak of smallpox overtook the island. Readers will be riveted by the daily life of this Native American family, in which tanning moose hides, picking berries, and scaring crows from the cornfield are as commonplace as encounters with bear cubs and fireside ghost stories. Erdrich–a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwa–spoke to Ojibwa elders about the spirit and significance of Madeline Island, read letters from travelers, and even spent time with her own children on the island, observing their reactions to woods, stones, crayfish, bear, and deer. The author’s softly hewn pencil drawings infuse life and authenticity to her poetic, exquisitely wrought narrative. Omakayas is an intense, strong, likable character to whom young readers will fully relate–from her mixed emotions about her siblings, to her discovery of her unique talents, to her devotion to her pet crow Andeg, to her budding understanding of death, life, and her role in the natural world. We look forward to reading more about this brave, intuitive girl–and wholeheartedly welcome Erdrich’s future series to the canon of children’s classics. (Ages 9 and older) –Karin Snelson –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Birchbark House Paperback – May 13, 2002 by Louise Erdrich (Author) Review

bought for battle of the books. We live in Michigan and the story takes place in Michigan. Good story about the devastation of small pox and the trials of life living hundreds of years ago. -Read Reviews-

This book was on the summer reading list for my daughter who’s entering seventh grade. I try to read her assignment books, because she can be a reluctant reader of books the school requires her to read. And sure enough, it was like pulling teeth to make her keep up with her daily reading schedule. I, on the other hand, was drawn into the story from the prologue. The story is set around the Anishinabeg tribe through the voice of Omakayas, a young girl of seven winters. As the story begins, we are introduced to Omakayas and her family who during winter live in a cabin at the edge of LaPointe. LaPointe is an island in Lake Superior that her people call Moningwanaykaning, Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. Through the eyes of Omakayas, we are taken on a journey through a year in her family’s life. The author makes a point to include many words from the Ojibwa native language, originally a spoken language, to bring the reader closer to the daily life of this family. The author paints a verbal picture of this part of Minnesota, from it’s wildlife to it’s people. It is not until later in the story, after the reader is well-acquainted with the family, that we learn the year is 1847. This is a time very significant in our Native-American and American history, and Ms. Erdrich cleverly draws the reader in. While it is clear that this is a time of transition for Native-Americans, and that they have their suspicions of the white settlers, the author tells the story without taking sides. Clearly, the focus is the family, their village, and how changing circumstances are beginning to alter the way of life of the American natives. Ultimately, there are sad moments, as with any family. It is that the story is so engrossing, and heartfelt that my daughter claims as reason for her resistance with wanting to continue to read. But, not only does she continue to read, she notices details that even I miss. That is the beauty of sharing this book with my daughter. We had some great discussions about the family, and Omakayas’ way of life in vast contrast to our own. My daughter insists on rating the book a solid 4 stars, because it made her feel too much. As for me, I give it 5 stars, so together that’s a solid 4. 5 in my book. Ain’t reading grand!

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