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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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It appears that Erdrich has written several more books in Omakayas’ ongoing journey, much in the same vein of Wilder. Thank you for your feedback. Omakayas is very friendly louiae has a connection to animals. I thought it was well worth the read. Jan 04, Elliott Austin rated it liked it Shelves: Once I got half-way I enjoyed this book but the begining was dry. Get to Know Us. Oct 16, Heather added it.

The Birchbark House

Eedrich only wish I’d had this series of historically accurate tales to turn to when I was ten; however, I can rest knowing that at least this generation will have them to love.

She thinks her younger brother is a pain, she’s jealous of her older sister, and she wants to avoid chores. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. While definitely written for young people, I birchbatk found it engaging and sometimes insightful to see things from the historical view of somebody so different than myself. Share your thoughts with other customers. This is a gorgeous book – a year in the life of Omakayas, a young Ojibwe girl who lives at the edge of Lake Superior in White people rarely interact with the book’s characters birchbrk they do moreso in later books in the seriesand racist language or misinformation don’t figure into the story.


This had a lot of beautiful description but also plenty of character development and action. I learned about the hard work of tanning hides, the craft of decorating special garments with intricate beadwork, the cycles of hunting and gathering, and the dangers and joys of living fhe close to nature.

This book will be going up on the shelf for a few years.

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

The Birchbark House I bought this book for my 7 year old. The characters become a part of your heart, and I look forward to setting some time aside to finishing the series. At times in th This is a beautifully written book about Native American life in the time of Westward Expansion.

This book is very appropriate for grades There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Nokomis tells stories in the cold of winter. It is beautifully written and shares the humor and deep sadness that life must have had back then.

However, this makes for a very slow beginning. The story doesn’t feel like it’s driving toward any specific end, but it’s pleasant. He spends most of the year traveling by canoe trading along Lake Superior to provide for his family. Quotes from The Birchbark House. Paperbackpages.

The rest of the story comes full circle very successfully and I ended up liking the book much more than I thought I would. I love the all the birds, bears, and even the dogs.

He also is one of the members in the community who is learning to read the tracks of the whites. Who do I recommend this book to? One man, Fishtail, is going to the mission school to learn their language so that he will know what the treaties say. Through Andeg, readers have a sense of the connection Omakayas has with animals. Sign up for our Free Newsletter.


The Birchbark House is what many of us have been seeking for many years: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It is definitely a middle grade sort of book, so you don’t get quite the same depth that you get in an adult novel, but for middle grade this is a very solid read.

View all 8 comments. I don’t have any intention of continuing this series, but it was nice to dip my toes into it for a while. Although the others are amused, they take care not to hurt his feelings. I often felt as if I were there, listening to a story told by Nokomis on a cold winter’s night even though I actually read it on a warm June night.

But it’s also the same in that you get compl I heard this described as Little House on the Prairie with the Ojibwe and that is completely accurate. Why is he different than the rest of their tribe? He has a strong personality tempered by moments of tenderness and care.

While definitely written for young This is a story that covers a year in the life of Omakayas, a young Ojibwe girl who lives at the edge of Lake Superior in Language – Language is a second prevalent theme within this novel.

Our certified teachers provide encouraging feedback. Andeg provides much of the humor throughout the novel. Books by Louise Erdrich.