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Publisher's Summary

Set in the Lake Superior region in the mid-1800s, The Birchbark House is a vital novel providing fascinating details of a year in the life of young Omakayas, a girl of the Ojibwa.

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Beautiful

Beautiful story of a young girl coming into her own and living her truth. Written by a Native author, the representation of Ojibwe life is authentic. Ojibwe words and cultural understandings enhance the authenticity.

The narrator did a fine job, although paced a little slow for my liking. My constant comment about books with Native content narrated by nonNatives is that they need to learn the proper pronunciation of indigenous words and their meanings. It is very frustrating to hear repeated mispronunciations and intonations that do not match the word meaning. Miigwetch is “thank you” but is repeatedly intoned as if to mean “I’m sorry.”

Overall, the narration did not take away from the story itself, which is lovely.

~Lynn (Shoshone/Paiute/Chippewa (Ojibwe)/Cree

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A remarkable book

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.

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My children loved listening to this story with me

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.

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I'm a speaker of Ojibwe.

the actress should've been taught the language correctly. she butchered the words. very disrespectful! not good!

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Excellent

A marvelous story in the style of the Little House books. Highly recommend for true book lovers.

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Helped with literature class reading

I loved being able to listen to this story and following along as I read the book so I could fully understand the story. I loved this story and it really helped me understand the words and so on so forth.

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truely wonderful

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.

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love this story

love all the characters and complex family and learning about grief and the bears 💓

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Such a great listen

Such an amazing book written so beautifully. A must listen that you won’t want to put down.

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Beautiful story; non-native reader

This is a beautiful, joyful, sad story, skillfully told by Erdrich. The narration by someone so clearly not conversant in Anishinaabe / Ojibwe was jarring, and a little frustrating as I was hoping to hone my ear before reading this book aloud with my own children. This reader is not without general skill, but a recording by an individual with more than a glancing knowledge of both languages would have made this a truly outstanding audiobook.

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We loved this story so much as a family!

This is a very moving story but does have a few spiritual bits in it. Overall it is a good story and very exciting.