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The Birchbark House

The Birchbark House

(1999)
(The first book in the Birchbark House series)
A novel by

 
Nineteenth-century American pioneer life was introduced to thousands of young readers by Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House books. With The Birchbark House, award-winning author Louise Erdrich's first novel for young readers, this same slice of history is seen through the eyes of the spirited, 7-year-old Ojibwa girl Omakayas, or Little Frog, so named because her first step was a hop. The sole survivor of a smallpox epidemic on Spirit Island, Omakayas, then only a baby girl, was rescued by a fearless woman named Tallow and welcomed into an Ojibwa family on Lake Superior's Madeline Island, the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. We follow Omakayas and her adopted family through a cycle of four seasons in 1847, including the winter, when a historically documented outbreak of smallpox overtook the island.

Readers will be riveted by the daily life of this Native American family, in which tanning moose hides, picking berries, and scaring crows from the cornfield are as commonplace as encounters with bear cubs and fireside ghost stories. Erdrich--a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwa--spoke to Ojibwa elders about the spirit and significance of Madeline Island, read letters from travelers, and even spent time with her own children on the island, observing their reactions to woods, stones, crayfish, bear, and deer. The author's softly hewn pencil drawings infuse life and authenticity to her poetic, exquisitely wrought narrative. Omakayas is an intense, strong, likable character to whom young readers will fully relate--from her mixed emotions about her siblings, to her discovery of her unique talents, to her devotion to her pet crow Andeg, to her budding understanding of death, life, and her role in the natural world. We look forward to reading more about this brave, intuitive girl--and wholeheartedly welcome Erdrich's future series to the canon of children's classics. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Birchbark House (P.S.)
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 1-4352-6778-8 / 978-1-4352-6778-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-05-09
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September 2002 : USA Turtleback
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-606-24620-7 / 978-0-606-24620-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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March 2002 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Birchbark House (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-613-59384-7 / 978-0-613-59384-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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May 2002 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich, Louise Erdich
ISBN: 0-7569-1186-9 / 978-0-7569-1186-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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January 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-7862-2178-X / 978-0-7862-2178-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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July 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-7868-0300-2 / 978-0-7868-0300-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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May 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-7868-2241-4 / 978-0-7868-2241-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Paperback Editions

May 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Birchbark House Series #5
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-06-057798-3 / 978-0-06-057798-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-7868-1454-3 / 978-0-7868-1454-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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January 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 1-85881-798-6 / 978-1-85881-798-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Childrens
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2000 : USA Paperback
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-439-20340-6 / 978-0-439-20340-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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Audio Editions

January 2002 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 1-883332-83-4 / 978-1-883332-83-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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January 2004 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2004 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Birchbark House
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 1-883332-79-6 / 978-1-883332-79-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audio Bookshelf
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