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.
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
However, am I getting too old for this kind of book? As a parent, I kept thinking Catherine was whiny and immature! Moreover, a last minute deliverance gave the book a romantic but improbable ending.
It is written in diary format which is so popular for this age group...more
We went on to the autograph party and met Karen Cushman. After reading her book, I’m thrilled to have a signed copy!
Catherine, or Birdy as she’s nicknamed is a loveable, spirited character. She’s part dreamer, part rebel-rouser, part in-search-of-herself.
As the daughter of a knight, she does everyt...more
'Tell me the way again, more slowly.'
'How much for wine? Too much.'
'Have you herbs for my aching head?'
'You cheat. You lie. You son of a dog and a camel.'" -- pg 27
"I put a toad in George's bed. I don't know why. I cried at dinner and left the table before the almond cream. I don't know why. I looked for Perkin to pinch him but he was gone with the goats. I cannot be a monk nor a...more
Catherine is the youngest child of a knight. It means that she lives in a castle (though not too big) and her father owns land that were rented to around 30 villagers.
Catherine is a smart young lady and befriends all the villagers, but her best friend is Perkins the goat boy who want to be a scholar.
She loath knitting, and she prefers to be anyone but the lady in the mano...more
The story is told through Catherin’s diary beginning in Se...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
SUMMARY: This book is about a girl names Catherine who lives on a manor in 1290 with her parents Sir Rollo and Lady Aislinn. He brother Edward who is away at the abbey becoming a monk asked her to keep a journal of her daily activities. Her father is determined to sell her off "as a pig" she states to a rich suitor. Catherine is not the typical lady of 1920. She would rather be rolling in the mud, writing or being a "pig boy" than spinning...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
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 good and very easy to follow and be engaged in. The only real fault that I found with it was that there wa...more
Catherine is witty and wry; she complains a lot, hates her parents, and thinks a lot of things are stupid; in short, she is like every other fourteen-year-old I know. Her big pl...more
Karen Cushman had me laughing from the first page. In "Catherine, Called Birdy" young Catherine's greedy father is constantly bargaining to arrange betrothals for Catherine in hopes for riches sublime. But from the very beginning, she devises clever and impressive schemes to avoid these dreadful betrothals. Through her daily diary, we quickly fall in love with Catherine and her spunky personality. I empathized with her detestation of marrying the awful men her father was b...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