The Birchbark House

The Birchbark House

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Grand Central Pub
"[In this] story of a young Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847, Louise Erdrich is reversing the narrative perspective used in most children's stories about nineteenth-century Native Americans. Instead of looking out at 'them' as dangers or curiosities, Erdrich, drawing on her family's history, wants to tell about 'us', from the inside. The Birchbark House establishes its own ground, in the vicinity of Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' books." --The New York Times Book Review

Baker & Taylor
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

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& Taylor

Chronicles the experiences of an Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, and her family as they live their lives quietly on an island in Lake Superior in 1847, until the white man comes and begins moving her entire tribe off their land. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 2002, c1999
Edition: 1st Hyperion pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780786814541
Branch Call Number: J FIC ERD
Characteristics: 244 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.

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jrbubbles1 May 10, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a lot of interesting information about the culture of the Ojibwe tribe. Part of the story was sad, but that was the reality of those times. I liked the way Omakayas was so open with the reader about her thoughts and feelings. I would highly recommend this book to a third through sixth grade reader.

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1tjrob
Oct 14, 2016

The Birchbark house is a splendid book. It's about a girl who lives in a place where she must collect her own food by hunting or picking berries. As the story goes along, the girl faces hardships, such as hunger, and cold. This book is sad, but also very interesting and engaging. I think that anyone who reads this story will love it, just like me!

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Starpoem
Sep 10, 2016

Poetic writing style. Lovely illustrations. Reminds me a bit of Ignatia Broker's Night Flying Woman, which I also like. Sensitive portrayal of a child's grief & depression when a sibling dies.

Tulipwood2 Jan 27, 2016

I read this book to my 7 year old. The protagonist is 8 years old, so seemed appropriate. We both loved the book and I cried too, it was so moving. Always nice to read about completely different lives to our own and especially important for children.

PimaLib_MaryG May 06, 2015

This book is a great antidote to the “Little House” books. It tells the story of Omakayas and her family during a time of great upheaval for the Ojibwe people. It drew me in and kept me.

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Mum_of_2
Feb 12, 2012

This was the best book I've read this year! The story is engaging and informative. Excellent read!

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Feb 12, 2018

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Omakayas, a seven-year-old Ojibwa girl, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. Sequel: The Game of Silence.

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