Friday, August 04, 2017

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

The Birchark House by Louise Erdrich

In the first book of Louise Erdrich's award-winning series, Omakayas (or Little Frog) is seven years old. The year is 1847, and Omakayas and her family are part of the Ojibwa tribe near Lake Superior.

Erdrich details the daily life of Omakayas and her family through all four seasons, describing how they prepare food, tan furs, and more. Omakayas relationship with each of her siblings is fully realized.

This series is set around the same time as the Little House on the Prairie series (one of my childhood favorites) and would be a great companion to that series -- giving young readers a detailed and relatable look into the life of some Native Americans at that time.

I will also recommend listening to this one as an audiobook (or perhaps as a read-aloud) some of the names and phrases may be difficult for young readers to sound out, and the audiobook eliminates this difficulty.

This series continues with The Game of Silence, The Porcupine Year, Chickadee, and Makoons.  Interested in reading more about Native American experiences (both historical and current)? Check out the American Indian Youth Literature Award.

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