The Shrouding Woman
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The Shrouding Woman

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A young girl's awakening as she becomes an apprentice to a shrouder

It was once common practice for small towns to have a shrouding woman to help put their dead to rest. Still, when eleven-year-old Evie's Aunt Flo--herself a shrouding woman--comes to town, Evie knows little of a shrouding woman's ways and wants nothing to do with this aunt of hers, especially after her own...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks (first published April 1st 2002)
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I had the good fortune to met Loretta Ellsworth recently. Previous to talking with Ellsworth, I had only read "In Search of Mockingbird." I have been on a mission since our meeting to read all of her Young Adult books. I have not been disappointed.

This piece of historical fiction, appropriate for middle schoolers, is written by Minnesota author, Loretta Ellsworth. Set in 1870's Caledonia, Minnesota, it looks at the tradition during this time period of using "shrouding women" to prepare the dead...more
In the novel The Shrouding Woman a young girl named Evie, around the age of 11 is coping with the horrific event of her mother’s death. Evie and Mae soon find out that their father’s sister, Aunt Flo will be living with them. The girls have not met her, but have seen a picture of Aunt Flo and her father when they were babies. They thought she was very mysterious because she was tall, skinny, pail skinned and the girls had never seen anything like her.
The next morning upon Flo’s arrival the gir...more
Miss Amanda
gr 5-8 146 pgs

Caledonia, Minnesota post Civil War. 11 year old Evie misses her mother who died a year ago. When her Aunt Flo comes to live with them and help Evie's father take care of Evie and her 5 year old sister Mae, Evie wants nothing to do with her. She insists on doing things the way her mother always did them and won't let Aunt Flo help with the garden that she and her mother planted. Evie especially wants nothing to do with Aunt Flo's shrouding box. Her aunt is a shrouding woman who hel...more
(NS) Dana
When 11-year-old Evie's mother dies of consumption on the plains of Minnesota in the mid-1800s, Aunt Flo arrives to help take care of the family. Evie's little sister, Mae, is delighted to have an affectionate mother figure, but Evie remains remote, concealing her grief and bitterness by keeping her aunt at arm's length. The typical story of the child's inner struggle to accept someone in her mother's place is unexpectedly augmented here by the disclosure that Aunt Flo is a shrouding woman, a wo...more
This book is about a young girl whose mother dies and her aunt comes to live with the family to take care of them. The aunt is a "shrouding woman" which really freaks Evie out. She thinks nothing to do with death could be a good thing. The book is all about Evie's healing and grieving process. It is a children's book, and I'm not sure all children would love it, but I loved the hopeful, happy way Evie is able to move through her grief without is seeming trite. It's all set in Caledonia, MN and i...more
Grieving the loss of her mother who recently died from tuberculosis, Evie fears Aunt Flo, this woman who comes to care for Evie, her father and sister, and the farm. Aunt Flo is a "shrouder," one who cares for the dead. Over time Evie comes to love the woman and respect her calling, an important part of women's history. This book is on the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Aware Master List.
Taylor Bohman
i just got done reading it tonight Feb.1st, 2012 and it is the most awesomest book ever. it is so good and it want you to keep reading and it has short chapters on it which is good so you aren't getting to confusted. I would have people who love you read about the olden days because that is exactly what it is about.!!!
Little House on the Prairie-esque -- love this touching view of an antiquated (and important) feminine vocation. Recommended for fifth graders, but found it worth my time and tears. (Read July 2013)
Interesting. I think I enjoyed the author's explanation of why she wrote the book and shrouding rituals the best.
The relationship is bond between their family and their business. They entertwine the story well.
Only thing going for it is the short length. Death on the prarie. 4th grade and up.
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Loretta received her BA from the University of Northern Iowa, and an MFA from Hamline University in writing for children and young adults. A former middle and high school teacher, she's the author of three young adult novels, The Shrouding Woman, In Search of Mockingbird, and In a Heartbeat. She has four children and one granddaughter, and lives in Minnesota.
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