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Title:The Birchbark House
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Louise Erdrich
Publisher:Disney-Hyperion
ISBN:0786814543
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:244
Category:historical-fiction, fiction, childrens, middle-grade, historical, young-adult

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Birchbark House 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 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 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 and older Karin Snelson

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