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Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

The Birchbark HouseFor as long as she can remember. Omakayas and her family have lived on an island in Lake Superior. Every summer they build a birchbark house and plant crops that they harvest in the fall. Every winter they move to a snug cabin to weather the snow. Throughout the year, seven-year-old Omakayas takes care of her infant brother Neewo, fights with her younger brother Pinch and looks up to her older sister Angeline.

It is 1847 and the Ojibwa people feel the white men coming, but still hold on to their traditional way of life; planting, harvesting, hunting, trading and feasting, until a visitor changes their lives foever.

Anyone who enjoys Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, will enjoy this beautifully written story of a Native American family living in the northern plains a little before the Ingalls family began their journey to the west.

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