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The Midwife's Apprentice | [Karen Cushman]

The Midwife's Apprentice

Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.
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Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

Brat has no name, no home, and no shelter against the 14th-century English winter except the foul warmth of a dung heap. So when Jane the Midwife wakes her with a kick and takes the half-starved creature to her cottage, a curious relationship begins. Jane teaches Brat to gather herbs and make the poultices used to ease the pain of childbirth for the village women.

The skinny young girl quickly learns to obey the sharp-tongued midwife, and secretly watches Jane practice her art whenever she can. But Jane is also teaching Brat unspoken lessons that will take longer - maybe a lifetime - to master.

©1995 Karen Cushman; (P)1996 Recorded Books

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    Ellen Paradise Valley, AB, Canada 05-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Journey in Knowledge"

    The author and narrator told a story of a young girl who grew into a woman with the progression of gained knowledge. She found herself through her experiences (ex. cleanliness) and was able to bring herself up in social status as she gained more knowledge about midwifery. She used this knowledge to help others but was not so conceited that she didn't realize there was more to learn. On the whole it as a wonderful read.

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    Shaynie Holland Park, Australia 05-14-12
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    If you could sum up The Midwife's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful medieval tale


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Midwife's Apprentice?

    The end - when Alyce understands that only by her own determination will she realise her dream of becoming a midwife.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They are all fantastic, but I loved when cat revives and the time Alyce and Cat spend together.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Alyce leaves the village in despair of ever becoming a midwife and her sense of loss.


    Any additional comments?

    A really interesting story. It's listed as a young adult's book, I think, but should appeal to all ages. It's never condescending or preachy in getting its message across. Jenny Sterlin's narration was perfect for the story.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books based in middle ages.


    What other book might you compare The Midwife's Apprentice to and why?

    I would compare this book to parts of Ken Follet's "The Pillars of the Earth"


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    anne nenagh, Ireland 04-30-12
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    "A good story for any age"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Midwife's Apprentice to be better than the print version?

    Yes as it makes the story more real


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was fast pased and never got boring.


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, This is the first one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 04-27-12
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    "Alyce inspired and inspiring"
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    Take the time for this little treasure. Alyce will inspire you and any girl or woman in your life. I wish there were a sequel! And I love this narrator's beautiful voice.

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    Elisa 10-23-11
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    Story ended too soon. We wanted to know what happened with all the rest of the characters! Jenny Sterlin, of course, is wonderful to listen to.

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