Catherine, Called Birdy
Catherine feels trapped. Her father is determined to marry her off to a rich man--any rich man, no matter how awful.
But by wit, trickery, and luck, Catherine manages to send several would-be husbands packing. Then a shaggy-bearded suitor from the north comes to call--by far the oldest, ugliest, most revolting suitor of them all.
It is written in diary format which is so popular for this age group...more
I first picked it up in 4th grade and started reading it for no particular reason, and I loved it so much I decided to read all of Karen Cushman's other books as well. The rest is history.
One of my favorite parts of the book is when Catherine complains about her brother Robert and how he likes to "drown ants by pissing on the anthill."
Ten-year-old Madeline: "...more
I wish Cushman had created a protagonist who was both engaging to the reader and able to provide illumination of how much people have changed over time. That's the book I want for my kids. You know, if I w...more
The problem, as I've noted with other great books such as 'Tuck Everlasting' and 'Dragonwings,' is that the joy of finding a good book that...more
On the other hand, the rest of the book does a fairly good job of presenting the horrors of life at the time. I mean, it is a book for kids so you don't want to scare them too much! Even attractiv...more
This book was a very fun read. I'm always a sucker for diary style fiction and this one was done especially well. Cushman really did her research about the time period and that's essential. I think this book wouldn't have been so effective if Birdy had modern ideals and attitudes.
I remember reading a book in high school that was supposed to be set during the Industrial Revolution but the main character acted as though she was living in modern times. She traveled where she wanted, did what she...more
Best YA historical fiction novel ever. Birdy is just as sassy as any modern girl but she's stuck in a medieval village where woman are property to be bought and sold. Her diary records the year before her marriage at age 13.
But still, Catherine finds a way to make her mark on the world.
Highly recommended. This book deserved to win the Newberry award.
I certainly did...more
Catherine called birdy is a book about a girl named Catherine who is a very strong independent woman, whose father is trying to give away her hand in marriage. She views the men her father brings into the home and then judges them silently. Then when she finds something wrong with them she makes herself appear unappealing and downright gross. She doesn’t like the life she lives because she always seem to be doing needle-work all cooped up in her room. Many different times...more
Unfortunately for her, a well-off young lady has but one aim in life, and that is to be married to a well-off man. Throughout the year...more
Catherine had many of the characteristics of Ella from Ella Enchanted, such as determination, wit, and assertiveness, but without the vivacity which came through in the characterization of Ella. I found myself not really caring what happened to Catherine.
The format of the novel was interesting. Over the years, I’ve realized that writing in first person without becoming repetitive, pedantic and downright boring is diffi...more
This is about the 14th year of the life of Catherine, called Birdy, "of the village of Stonebridge in the shire of Lincoln, in the country of England, in the hands of God...in the year of Our Lord 1290." Bir...more
The ambience of the Middle Ages is nicely rendered, and probably so close to how things actually were during those time...more
Do you think the daughter of nobility in 1200's England would be a vulgar snot nosed brat one minute and then kind to the outcast goat herd boy the next?
I do sympathize with Catherine as her father seeks to marry her off to the richest suitor regardless of Catherine's feelings. At the same time Catherine is so impossible, her father prob...more
She entered Stanford University on a scholarship in 1959 and graduated with degrees in Greek and English. She later earned master’s degrees in human behavior and museum studies.
For eleven years she was an adjunct professor in the Museum Studies Department at John F. Kennedy University before resigning in 1996 to write full-time.
She lives on Vashon Isla...more