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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She loves the characters, the imagery, even the sadness of it. The illustrations are in the same pen and ink line style.

The Birchbark House

This book comes up a lot in discussions of the Little House books as a readalike or read-instead-of, and it definitely appealed to me ths that same way, that same seems-like-it-should-be-sort-of-boring old timey historical daily routine stuff.

Write a customer review. Into the hard, but contented life, comes talk of the chimookoman or white people wanted to push further west and the possibility that the Ojibwe will have to be moved.

The language is either conveyed through direct translation or inserted within a sentence. It can easily be incorporated into units on Native Americans, American history, or early settlers, or survival.

I did love Laura, but I think I’d rather have bircybark Omakayas to grow up with. Aug 12, Kelly added it Shelves: The baby is rescued and brought to an Anishinabe or Ojibwe family to be raised on another Lake Superior island they call Island of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker, in a village called LaPointe.

In spite of her efforts, her baby brother dies. If you shop at Amazon.


Randomly Reading: The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

The author’s father is German American and mother is half Ojibwe and half French American, so she grew up experiencing and hearing about her native American heritage. Mar 06, Jennifer Peterson rated it really liked it. Teach US History using great kids books. If the whites keep chasing us west, we’ll end up in the land of the spirits.

From Publishers Weekly The author’s first novel for children centers on young Omakayas and her Ojibwa family who live on an island in Lake Superior in ; PW’s Best Books citation called it “captivating. They did a good thing when they took you in, and you saved them for their good act.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Published June 3rd by Hyperion Books for Children first published The story has more emotion to it than what I remember from Little House. The community in each season works together to hunt, build, gather, and survive.

The begining would make most older children put the book down after about the first chapter.

Old Tallow lojise to have anything to do with them. When we finished it, I prodded them to disparage it louie they defended the book heatedly. Omakayas’ life is rooted in her Ojibwe heritage, and there’s enormous value in seeing that no matter the presence bircybark traders, missionaries, priests, soldiers and settlers, her life is still oriented by the knowledge and values her community have passed down for generations – and that they have use for the things non-Indians bring into their midst, for often quite different reasons than non-whites would plan.


White people rarely interact with the book’s characters although they do moreso in later books in the seriesand racist language or misinformation don’t figure into the story. They live a hard life, as there is never enough food, no matter how hard they work.

Product details Age Range: As it is written for adolescent readers, or even a little younger, it describes their life through the eyes of an 8 year old girl and the author captures her innocence authentically.

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Sign up errdich to receive your FREE alerts. And, perhaps, far more interesting. Omakayas understands she is one of the only children Old Tallow respects. Omakayas, is one of the main characters of ‘The Birchbark House’.

This book would be a perfect way for young readers to branch out and explore different cultures, as well as different time periods. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


As a child, I read Little House and thought that the native references were a bit unkind, but, as an adult it’s just awkward reading some of that. Too much death for her sensitive heart. Younger children would probably love it but once the family gets smallpox the content is too strong for most young children to handle.

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