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The Birchbark House

Written by: Louise Erdrich
Narrated by: Nicolle Littrell
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Set in the Lake Superior region in the mid-1800s, The Birchbark House is a vital novel providing fascinating details of a year in the life of young Omakayas, a girl of the Ojibwa.

With exquisite care, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Erdrich has fashioned a story rich in the way of life and heritage of the Ojibwa people, a story that begs to be told out loud. As each season in a year of Omakayas' life is lovingly portrayed, the satisfying rhythm of her days is shattered when a stranger visits the lodge one night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever.

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What the critics say

"Littrell's soothing, finely tuned reading of The Birchbark House evokes the atmosphere of this thoughtful, rich story about the daily activities of an Ojibwa girl." (Booklist)
"Nicolle Littrell narrates with a gentle and quiet voice. Her presentation is light and immediate, giving the listener to bear witness to each event." (AudioFile)

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  • Claudia
  • 2004-08-18

A remarkable book

I got this book for my granddaughter, but listened to it myself first. I became engrossed with the characters and story. Louise Erdrich brings to this story the same sense of place and depth of character that she brings to her books for adult readers. Enjoyable and worthwhile.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • 2004-02-15

My children loved listening to this story with me

Simple gentle. If you like Willa Cather, you'll probably like this. My children loved listening to this story. Good for a long midwest drive.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Georgia
  • 2009-10-17

Excellent

A marvelous story in the style of the Little House books. Highly recommend for true book lovers.

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  • Sally
  • 2007-10-28

truely wonderful

This book is totally awesome. It draws in you in and wans more. I recommed it to anyone wanting a true look at life as a young native girl. this is only part one of a series. The Game of Silience is next. The rest is not on audible yet.

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  • Steve S.
  • 2017-04-01

I'm a speaker of Ojibwe.

the actress should've been taught the language correctly. she butchered the words. very disrespectful! not good!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-20

My husband & daughter loved listening, too!

In preparation for the upcoming school year, I decided to listen to this novel on my iPhone while doing chores around the house this summer. It’s a lovely perfectly sweet story. But much to my surprise, my three year old girl started bringing the book in the room to look at the pictures while I would work. She started asking me to let her listen at bedtime. That’s when my husband also took interest. Having the audio book turned my “professional “ reading into family reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-18

Helped with literature class reading

I loved being able to listen to this story and following along as I read the book so I could fully understand the story. I loved this story and it really helped me understand the words and so on so forth.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2016-05-28

help ful with school so easy-to-use for all ages read in less than a day

Help me with ela. Fun to read good for all ages.kewl to read. Good for school

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  • Mimi
  • 2013-01-19

Rather disappointing based on her other novels

I have become quite impressed with the writing of Louise Erdrich, so when I saw this small older offering with no reviews I gave it a try. It is a young adult book, with a poor reader. The story is simple, not particularly well constructed and a bit jumpy as it does not follow emotional threads or action threads through for a "reader"s complete understanding. If you, like me, are an admirer of Ms Erdrich's novels, don't bother with this little, inexpensive offering. It bears no resemblance to her writing of the last decade, except it concentrates on Native American life.

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  • Betsy Packaed
  • 2013-01-10

You NEED to read this.

What did you love best about The Birchbark House?

It's authenticity.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Birchbark House?

Who survives the epidemic of 1848.

Which scene was your favorite?

Sugaring.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted it to last and last!

Any additional comments?

Another Erdrich success!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful