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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I very much appreciated that it ersrich a real name taken from a census. I work in a library and very occasionally recommend the Little House series, but, with a couple caveats.

The Birchbark House

They had such distinct personalities, and I know that I, for one, want to read more about this family. He also is one of the members in the community who is learning to read the tracks of the whites. I’m surprised to say that this story is so much richer than Laura’s, though. Feb 14, Catherine rated it it was amazing Shelves: It then diverges from that tale to follow the life of a 7-year-old Ojibwa girl named Omakayas.

She lends her knowledge of the land to Omakayas through mentoring her as well as through magnificent storytelling.

It conveyed a powerful message about how Native American’s lived and how white travelers affected their lives. It’s the kind of book I would have been fine reading around age 9 or An example of this is the storytelling.


She’s smart beyond her years, but she’s also just a normal kid, and that makes her relatable to her read So, not only can Louise Erdrich write excellent adult fiction, but she is also a master at children’s stories. See all 8 questions about The Birchbark Houseā€¦. Old Tallow refuses to have anything to do with them. Our favorite toys for everyone on your list Top Kid Picks. Around the louisw is teh things get interesting but extremely sad.

There is no artificial separation between the generations, other than the younger people being required to follow the directions of the older people and the young people engaging in some play. Please provide an email address. If I ever open a bead store, that’s houxe name of it. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Summaries and Excerpts: The birchbark house / Louise Erdrich ; with illustrations by the author.

She also interacts with animals, most especially a crow that becomes a sort of pet. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The housf become a part of your heart, and I look forward to setting some time aside to finishing the s What a lovely book! There is some sadness, with wonderful descriptions of grief and depression.

Language – Language is a second prevalent theme within this novel. It would also be a good book an art class.

The Birchbark House is what many of us have been seeking for many years: I especially liked the bits that explain how Omakayas’s community does things like make their houses, create their food cache, etc.


Fishtail compares them to greedy children, always wanting more. But since this is set in an Ojibwa village it’s more new-to-me information, and I louie Omakayas’ reflectiveness and honesty as a narrator.


Pinch is also something of a trickster, often using his wits to get out of undesirable tasks. As it is written for adolescent readers, or even a little younger, it describes their life through the eyes of an 8 erdrichh old girl and the author captures her innocence authentically. The family and especially the children relish story telling time.

I love that the author researched and wrote this story after learning about one of her early ancestors in the tribe. The scourge he brought is smallpox.

He says little and appears ill.

It could also be used as a read aloud, when dealing with the issue of death. At 12 years old, they are the target audience so that is fortunate. Louiise of the Longhouse. Erdrich has sprinkled Ojibwe words throughout the novel, and there is a very useful glossary at the end of the book, with pronunciation help. It is not the case until about half-way through.