This a book review I wrote on one of my all time favorite books called The Birchbark House. Here it is:
The Birchbark House is a fabulous book written by Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of the Ojibwa. The Birchbark House has won the Jane Addams Children Book Award and the National Book Award. While reaching her family history, Ms. Erdrich was inspired to write The Birchbark House. Louise Erdrich wrote three sequels to The Birchbark House. The sequels are Game of Silence, The Porcupine Year, and Chickadee.
The Birchbark House is a book about a seven year old girl named Omakayas [oh-mah-kay-ahs.] Omakayas lives with baby Neewo, her little annoying brother Little Pinch (later on in the book known as Big Pinch), her older sister Angeline, Mama, Deydey her father, and Nokomis her grandmother. The Birchbark House is put into seasonal sections. Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring. In Omakayas’s language Neebin, Dagwaging, Biboon, and Zeegwun. Omakayas’s story is set in Madeline Island, Wisconsin. Madeline Island is by the Apostle Islands.
Here are some reasons why I like The Birchbark House. First of all, I love the cute pictures drawn by Ms. Erdrich. I also love the traditional stories told by Omakayas’s dad and grandmother that Ms. Erdrich put in the book. The traditional stories are Nanabozho and Muskrat Make an Earth, Where the Sisters Eat also known as Deydey’s Ghost Story, and Fishing the Dark Side of the Lake. I tell Where the Sisters Eat and Fishing the Dark Side of the Lake as ghost stories at sleepovers. I also love the map in the back of the book, that shows where some things in the book happened. My mother likes this book because she liked seeing how Native Americans lived in Wisconsin .
If you liked the “Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio” or “Little House on the Prairie” I would recommend the book. I hope you will read the stupendous book and it’s sequels.
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