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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
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Feb 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: literature-for-middle-grades

Erdrich captures the daily lives, the environment, and the spirit of Native American culture. Through her well-developed characters, a young audience can connect with the past through the eyes and experiences of the Ojiwba tribe. In telling this story, Erdrich’s research also traces her family’s past and brings it to life in heartrending fashion. With fine prose and dynamic characters, Erdrich shows how the Native Americans understand and believe in the strong triumvirate connection existing among the dream world, spirits in nature, and human survival. The main character, Omakayas, hears voices in nature as she learns about medicines and how to become a healer in the circle of life. But also Erdrich explains how the Ojiwba have a great reverence for nature, exemplified by their giving blessings and offerings to the waters, forests, and foods. Full of wisdom and insight, The Birchbark House is a solid piece of historical fiction for young readers to connect with the past.

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