The Birchbark House has to be one of the most beautifully written, lyrical books I’ ve ever read. Louise Erdrich has a way with words that is just. The Birchbark House. Louise Erdrich, Author, Louise Erdrich, Illustrator, Louise Erdich, Author Hyperion Books $ (p) ISBN THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE. Louise Erdrich, Author, Louise Erdrich, Illustrator, Louise Erdich, Author. Hyperion $ (p) ISBN

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This is Erdrich’s first young reader novel and a perfect companion to the Little House books. Younger children would probably love it but once the family gets smallpox the content is too strong for most young children to handle. There was a problem adding your email egdrich. I adored the Little House books as a child for the window they provided into a long-ago time, but ererich them as an adult was struck by how much racism I hadn’t remembered–or had never picked up on the first time.

There is a lot of work to be done during each season, most of it in bitchbark for surviving the winter when food is scare and the cold is bitter. Nokomis — The maternal grandmother of Omakayas. Oct 13, Amanda H rated it it was ok Shelves: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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Product details Age Range: What a lovely book! Again, I found myself thinking of Laura Ingalls and those wonderful Garth Williams illustrations- which added so much to my enjoyment of Laura’s opposite side of this tale.

She has good pacing and the book is clearly understandable for even younger readers. To my chagrin, my son was even a little scared of the Indians in those books.

There are some emotional discussions of loss following exposure to smallpox including in the first chapterand if you read further into the series, you’ll encounter themes of displacement and cultural violence. The begining would make most older children put the book down after about the first chapter. She is a gentle, friendly girl, but only if somebody else is friendly to her. I’m surprised to say that this story is so much richer than Laura’s, though. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.


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As it is written for adolescent readers, or even a virchbark younger, it describes their life through the eyes of an 8 year old girl and the author captures her innocence authentically. Her mother and grandmother spend most of their days taking care of the family, raising crops, gathering from the forest, and sewing.

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I was completely caught erdeich in the descriptions of the Ojibwa way of life, and Erdrich wrote effortlessly without being overdetailed or boring. She is usually very calm and not scared easily.

I very much appreciated that it was a real name taken from a census. But really, when is anyone able to read about a little louse holding her brother while he dies and not weep? She came to me in tears that she never wants to see the book again.

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At times in th This is a beautifully written book about Native American life in the time of Westward Expansion. Through them, the reader is introduced to Ojibwe culture, tradition and language. While it is the TRUE story of the westward expansion our history books are only beginning to scratch the surface with, the complexity of the story and how it was woven louiise a cyclical manner makes The Birchbark House THE story I will turn to when my students are looking for a story about life in the mid’s in the U.

When an animal is killed for food, it’s like is never taken for granted. Too much death for her sensitive heart.


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It’s a wonderful ownvoices book, and it’s the first in a series! With The Birchbark Houseaward-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 Louose, so named because her first step was a hop. There is tragedy and realization, honesty and reflection.

Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of contemporary Native American novelists. I love the parts with the bear cubs. View all 6 comments. Funny, exciting, and heartwarming, I wish I could give this more stars! Oct 04, Dominic rated it it was amazing Shelves: How they lived, foraged for food, some of their beliefs and spiritual life, their relationships. Now the circle that began when I found you is complete.

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.

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. Detailed and accurate stories about Native Americans are sadly hard to find, so this book would be a treat even for adults.

I found an Ojibwa word in this book that I love with all my heart: I especially liked the bits that explain how Omakayas’s community does things like make their houses, create their food cache, etc. It then diverges from that tale to follow the life of a 7-year-old Ojibwa girl named Omakayas. She is known in the community for her beauty and her excellent skills in beading.