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
Karen Cushman absolutely captures the awakening of a child from sleeping in a dung heap to discovering that she can do things and make decisions about what she wants to do. I loved the book.
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.
Wonderful medieval tale
The end - when Alyce understands that only by her own determination will she realise her dream of becoming a midwife.
They are all fantastic, but I loved when cat revives and the time Alyce and Cat spend together.
When Alyce leaves the village in despair of ever becoming a midwife and her sense of loss.
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.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books based in middle ages.
I would compare this book to parts of Ken Follet's "The Pillars of the Earth"
Yes as it makes the story more real
It was fast pased and never got boring.
No, This is the first one.
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
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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