With exquisite care, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Erdrich has fashioned a story rich in the way of life and heritage of the Ojibwa people, a story that begs to be told out loud. As each season in a year of Omakayas' life is lovingly portrayed, the satisfying rhythm of her days is shattered when a stranger visits the lodge one night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever.
©1999 Louise Erdrich; (P)2002 Audio Bookshelf
"Littrell's soothing, finely tuned reading of The Birchbark House evokes the atmosphere of this thoughtful, rich story about the daily activities of an Ojibwa girl." (Booklist)
"Nicolle Littrell narrates with a gentle and quiet voice. Her presentation is light and immediate, giving the listener to bear witness to each event." (AudioFile)
Simple gentle. If you like Willa Cather, you'll probably like this. My children loved listening to this story. Good for a long midwest drive.
I got this book for my granddaughter, but listened to it myself first. I became engrossed with the characters and story. Louise Erdrich brings to this story the same sense of place and depth of character that she brings to her books for adult readers. Enjoyable and worthwhile.
Chris, mom to Alex (born 2002). Audible account is for him, reviewing on his behalf. He's a fan of star wars, legos, cub scouts and now reading.
Maybe a girl, not a boy
This made the assignment a lot more bearable - the definitely improved the experience for am ADD, dyslexic 10 year old boy. But definitely not his cup of tea.
I have become quite impressed with the writing of Louise Erdrich, so when I saw this small older offering with no reviews I gave it a try. It is a young adult book, with a poor reader. The story is simple, not particularly well constructed and a bit jumpy as it does not follow emotional threads or action threads through for a "reader"s complete understanding. If you, like me, are an admirer of Ms Erdrich's novels, don't bother with this little, inexpensive offering. It bears no resemblance to her writing of the last decade, except it concentrates on Native American life.
Who survives the epidemic of 1848.
No, I wanted it to last and last!
Another Erdrich success!
I do almost all of my reading audibly so I can read while gardening, driving, etc., so I really enjoy almost every book I listen to because most of the time the reader or readers are fantastic with their different voices and accents. This one was no exception.
I love all of Louise Erdrich's books, love her writing and storytelling - so quirky. And its always a glimpse into another culture. This one was great because I didn't realized until 3/4 of the way through how the beginning of the story would relate to the main character. A wonderful story about a special young girl discovering her identity.
This book is totally awesome. It draws in you in and wans more. I recommed it to anyone wanting a true look at life as a young native girl. this is only part one of a series. The Game of Silience is next. The rest is not on audible yet.
Although I listen to children's books all the time I got so bored with this one I didn't finish it. The world of the Native American tribe seemed much less real than that of many fantasy writers for children. Although the construction was described I didn't get a good mental picture of the birchbark house, nor a feeling of identifying with the culture. The reader seemed to put all Ojibwa words into speechmarks, with little pauses, and the voice was a little too gentle, without engagement with story.No comparison to Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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