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The Birchbark House
The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
For use in schools and libraries only. Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.
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C and I have been reading THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE by Louise Erdrich together. She's 10, but I think there's something special about read-alouds at any age. I first heard about this book from Dr. Debbie Reese, and honestly, I feel cheated that it was never introduced to me as a kid. The language is so beautifully descriptive, the story is rich and sweet and even humorous at times. It's perfect. ❤ #nativeauthors #historicalfiction #kidlit #unschooling

Cinfhen 💕💕💕💕💕 2mo
emtobiasz I just read this one with my homeschool kids book club, and I was expecting mixed reactions, especially with some of the tougher scenes toward the end. Nope— they universally loved it. 2mo
lovelybookshelf @emtobiasz awwww I love that! 2mo
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Good middle grade historical fiction.

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Finished this one up last night before bed. I‘m pretty sure this is a reread, but I must have been a young teen and I remembered no details. I love the parallels with the Little House books from an indigenous perspective Laura Ingalls Wilder never made space for in her books. I would have loved it in 3rd grade when I was so interested in pioneers and early 1800s America, and I‘ll definitely be able to recommend it to those readers. #24in48 #kidlit

JillR Thank you for this recommendation, my 8 year old and I loved The Little House series which we finished recently, but I did feel a little uncomfortable with some aspects so I think I might get this one to read with her 😊 7mo
emtobiasz @JillR you‘re welcome! I think the book does a great job to balance out the biases of Ingalls Wilder, in a way that doesn‘t discount the appeal of those older books. 7mo
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“You were sent here so you could save others.”

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I don‘t think I would enjoy this book. Historical fiction is kind of boring for me so I wouldn‘t pick up this book to read.

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Historical Fiction
This historical fiction is similar to Little House on the Prairie. Taken place in 1840‘s about the Ojibway family living on Lake Superior.

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You were sent here so you could save the others.

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I think that I definitely would have enjoyed this as a kid. This could come in handy for some topics that may be discussed in social studies lessons.

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This book definitely has a Little House on the Prairie vibe that some kids may really enjoy. It‘s also a series! This is told from Native people‘s point of view so that could give kids insight.

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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks Thanks for picking this one, it was an interesting read. 11mo
Daisey I‘m glad this finally pushed me to read a book I‘ve had on my TBR for years! I‘ve also seen it frequently mentioned as a good book to read alongside Little House on the Prairie and do think they would pair well. 11mo
mrp27 Great book, glad I read it. I never knew Edrich wrote kids books. 11mo
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Lmstraubie @sblbooks @Daisey @mrp27 I liked the book. It was sweet. I'm glad I read it & will be adding it to my school collection. I definitely think it's a great companion book to the Little House series. 11mo
JaclynW @Daisey @Lmstraubie While reading I also made the comparison to the Little House books! Although I like those better...maybe just nostalgia?? I was so drawn to the Little House characters and was just beginning to get that with the characters from this book towards the end. Is this author planning on writing a series of this book? If she continued the series, I could see myself coming to like these books close to my fondness for Little House. 11mo
JaclynW I'm glad to have read this book. It isn't something I probably would have picked up on my own. As I stated early, I'm lacking in knowledge about the Native American people and culture. What I have is pretty basic. In recent years to help remedy this, I have read Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee and Killers of the Flower Moon - both of which are highly educational and excellent reads. @sblbooks @Daisey @mrp27 @Lmstraubie Thanks for choosing this one! 11mo
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Question 8 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks Yes I thought it was very descriptive. 11mo
mrp27 Yes. I've been to the Plimouth Plantation museum in Plymouth Massachusetts and there they have a live Wampanoag village with real members of the tribe demonstrating how they lived, hunted, and cooked. They even had birchbark houses (I believe they were since they look the same) and the whole time I was reading this story all I could think about was my visit there and it all came to life. 11mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks @mrp27 It reminded me of Plimoth Plantation as well. I also went on a field trip with my son's school to a remake of a Lenape Village which I thought of too. I think it helped that the author was a dependent of the tribe and worked at making the story authentic. 11mo
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mrp27 Did you not just love Plimouth Plantation? So cool. Really brings things to life. The Lenape Village sounds neat too. 11mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 I'm such a huge dork. I live for that kind of stuff. I love to think about what life was like and always wish the walls could talk. 11mo
JaclynW I had never before even heard of this tribe! I'm assuming this author did her research. This whole book was an education for me. We have several Native American tribes in our state and surrounding areas and I have visited a few historical sites and museums. It is fascinating to learn and see. They were kind and gentle people. I obviously have a lack of education in this area though I'm ashamed to say. @sblbooks @mrp27 @Lmstraubie 11mo
mrp27 @JaclynW I feel the same, my knowledge is so limited. I wish Native American history and culture were taught more on school. 11mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 Yes and not just at Thanksgiving 11mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW The author is a decendent of the tribe on her mother's side. 11mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I didn't know that. How cool! 11mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Lmstraubie Good news: My kids have learned WAY more about Native American tribes in school than I did - and it is FACTUAL based. It isn't the "fluff" I learned around Thanksgiving time. Thankfully! 11mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW That's good to hear! 11mo
mrp27 @JaclynW That's awesome! 11mo
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Question 7 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 Omakaya 11mo
Lmstraubie I actually thought it was Neewo and it was the ending of the story. 11mo
mrp27 Omakaya 11mo
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Chelsibno I read this book back in the early 2000s when it was nominated for the WAW Award. I still remember reading the first two chapters and thinking to myself “that baby is Omakayas. If it‘s not Omakayas, I‘m going to throw this book against the wall.” As an eleven year old, it just made thematic sense for that to be true. Any other path would have just been disappointing. *cough*LastJedi*cough* 11mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie At first I thought it was Neewo too. As the book went on I wondered...I love that it turned out to be Omakayas. @Chelsibno @mrp27 @Peddler410 11mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno Thank you for the chuckle 😁 @JaclynW I like that it turned out to be her also. 11mo
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Question 6 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks Similar interest, the grandmother is teaching her the art of healing at the end. 11mo
mrp27 I like to think the grandmother saw a bit of herself in Omakaya. 11mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks @mrp27 Agreed. They had a special way to listen to the world around them. 11mo
JaclynW @sblbooks @mrp27 @Lmstraubie Yes! Agreed. I loved their special bond.❤ 11mo
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Question 5 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks I think it's part of their culture and also they may not understand how germs are spread. 11mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks I didn't consider they didn't understand germs. That really makes good sense. I was do annoyed they put themselves at risk for hospitality, but that definitely makes more sense. 11mo
Daisey I thought maybe they did not realize how sick he was when he first arrived. However, then I also wondered why they were so accommodating since they were aware of smallpox and knew to separate their own family members once sick. 11mo
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mrp27 I was a little puzzled by that too. I'm guessing they didn't realize it was smallpox until they started seeing the symptoms. Not understanding germs also makes sense. 11mo
JaclynW @sblbooks I completely agree with you. It is totally their culture to be hospitable. They also didn't have modern education about germs. @Lmstraubie @Daisey @mrp27 I did some research from another book I read about the Spanish Flu in 1918-1920 and found that it hit my state of Utah hard. The hardest population hit here was the Native Americans on the reservations - much of it due to lack of education of proper handwashing and quarantine. 11mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Very interesting. I also think their isolation could cause a less viable immune system. 11mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Yes, definitely. 11mo
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Question 4 #mgbuddyread

Mdargusch I think they had to be in order to survive. 11mo
Peddler410 Survival for sure. Living the way they do requires an understanding of nature and how to use what nature provides. 11mo
sblbooks It's important because there were no modern conveniences. They had to live off the land. 11mo
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mrp27 Agree it was for survival but I also believe nature weighs pretty heavy in their spirituality and folklore. (edited) 11mo
Chelsibno While survival seems to be the consensus (and I agree that plays a huge part), I think @mrp27 makes a great point of how nature figures heavily in their folklore and spirituality. It seemed like every story and spiritual ritual heavily featured or tied into natural forces. 11mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Chelsibno Totally agree with you about it being both for survival and spiritual based. You find that in many ancient cultures. I do love the reverence that Native Americans have for nature. We could probably learn a thing or two from them. @sblbooks @Peddler410 @Mdargusch 11mo
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Question 3 #mgbuddyread

Mdargusch Because she was so unlikeable and scary to so many, no one probably wanted to be with Tallow and her wild dog! 11mo
Peddler410 I wonder more how she came to be so unlikeable. 11mo
sblbooks I think living with a husband like the one she had made her want to stay away from people. I think it's sad and she was misunderstood. 11mo
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Lmstraubie @Mdargusch @Peddler410 @sblbooks It was apparent she cared for others, but kept her distance. If I'm not mistaken I believe the story said she had 3 husbands. Maybe her experiences caused her to be cautious. I'm also curious as to why she didn't have children. 11mo
Daisey @Mdargusch @Peddler410 @sblbooks I figured that after her previous husbands, she decided she was independent enough and more comfortable living alone than with anther unsatisfactory husband. If that was the case, she may have become more unlikeable just to keep men from approaching her. Honestly, I pretty quickly moved on from how unlikeable she was supposed to be because I thought she was a great character. (edited) 11mo
mrp27 She definitely was a favorite character and as I get older I understand the appeal of being alone. 😝 I think part of it was cultivated by her and part was just how she was perceived. 11mo
Chelsibno I have to agree with @Daisey and @mrp27 . I thought she was a great character. I always figured that after three worthless husbands, she‘s rather be alone and valued her independence. And I have to wonder if she would come off as “unlikeable” if she were a male character? Oftentimes, what some people consider unlikeable character traits in women are considered just normal for men. 11mo
mrp27 @Chelsibno Agreed. I was thinking too why are independent people always labeled as difficult or eccentric? Can't they just be independent? 11mo
Mdargusch I had to go back and read the first chapter because I had completely forgotten about it. I also liked her character but once I realized she was the rescuer, that solidified it. I loved that revelation. @mrp27 @Daisey @Chelsibno @Peddler410 @sblbooks @Lmstraubie 11mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Chelsibno @Daisey She was a favorite character for me too. I do agree that unlikable traits in women are often desirable traits in men. She was obviously a powerhouse and men couldn't handle it. I love how she was watchful of Omakayas. 11mo
JaclynW @Mdargusch Yes!! 11mo
mrp27 @Mdargusch now I want to check out the book from the library again and reread the first chapter. 11mo
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Question 2 #mgbuddyread

Mdargusch I think it was probably both. He needed guidance from his father to become a hunter, but with his father away much of the time, I think he was able to get away with things. I‘m also assuming the gender prejudice might have been apparent in their community as in that of the white people. Girls were the homemakers. 11mo
Peddler410 I‘m going more with the gender line. 11mo
sblbooks I would have to agree with @Mdargusch combination of the fact he was male and he was younger. 11mo
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Lmstraubie @Mdargusch @Peddler410 @sblbooks I think it had to do more with gender bias (that unfortunately seems universal). Even when he went from Little Pinch to Big Pinch there didn't seem to be anything more expected of him. 11mo
Daisey @Mdargusch @Peddler410 @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I agree with it having t do with age, but even more with gender. I also think it had to do with his father being gone. If he had been around more, Pinch would have probably been expected to spend more time learning and working with him. 11mo
mrp27 Agreement all around. I attribute it mostly to gender. 11mo
Chelsibno I totally agree with everyone, and I‘ve seen this sort of thing way too often, even in my own family. 11mo
JaclynW @Mdargusch @Peddler410 @sblbooks @Lmstraubie @Daisey @mrp27 @Chelsibno I agree with what you've all said. I don't know a lot about Native American culture, but from this book it seems the women carry a lion's share of the workload. It does seem like they had the girls working at a young age though. So this points to a definite gender bias. 11mo
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Question 1 #mgbuddyread

Mdargusch I can‘t even imagine? 11mo
Peddler410 Maybe there was a yellow kettle nearby when she was born? 11mo
sblbooks My guess is it was a common girl's name, because a kettle is part of the home and girls were the homemakers. 11mo
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Lmstraubie @Mdargusch @Peddler410 @sblbooks I always find names interesting, but couldn't quite think of where this one came from. I also found it interesting that the sister had a more English based name. 11mo
mrp27 I kept thinking of tea. Didn't it say somewhere that she made good tea? Maybe that's how she got her name? 11mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 Possibly that makes good sense. 11mo
Chelsibno I feel like @mrp27 might have the best answer. I always thought it may have had to do with a favorite food she had as a child or something of the like. 11mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Chelsibno @Lmstraubie I also thought of tea. Tea is calming. A kettle is useful, sturdy, even a necessity. Maybe it's a combination of that. I love when names have meaning behind them. Some cultures stick better to this idea than others. A name is so important and meaningful I think. 11mo
mrp27 @JaclynW Agreed. I like how they waited to name their children, letting their personalities develop first. 11mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Agreed. A name is so important. 11mo
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Welcome to the #mgbuddyread 🙂

Peddler410 Thank! I did not finish, but I will answer what I can. 11mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Thanks for joining in for what you can! 11mo
TheBookHippie I‘ll answer eventually I‘m on vacation!! 11mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie It's a slow chat. Join in when you can just tag us so we know you posted. Enjoy your vacation!!! 11mo
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This is a beautiful story of a year in the life of a 7 year old Native American girl back in 1847. We see the joys and hardships through her eyes as her life unfolds in each of the 4 seasons. All fans of Little House on the Prairie should read this book.
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Lmstraubie So glad you liked it. Hope you're able to join our discussion on Sunday 🙃 11mo
Reviewsbylola I didn‘t know she wrote mg. This sounds great! 11mo
Mdargusch I‘m hoping to too! @Lmstraubie 🤞🏼 11mo
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Mdargusch I guess there are more books in this series. It‘s done very well. @Reviewsbylola 11mo
mrp27 I thought of Little House the entire time I read this! 11mo
Mdargusch Me too! @mrp27 it‘s such a great companion series. It even has the sweet illustrations. 11mo
TheBookHippie It‘s so good !!!!!!!! 11mo
TheBookHippie @mrp27 me too!!!!!! I‘m ordering the rest !!!! @Mdargusch 11mo
Mdargusch 😁❤️👍🏼 @TheBookHippie 11mo
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Settling in with this month's #mgbuddyread Our discussion will be held on Sunday 3/31. Questions are posted around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can!

Tamra Yay! I‘ve been meaning to read this for a year now. 11mo
Lmstraubie @Tamra Hope you join us! 11mo
Peddler410 Hoping to finish in time ... I got distracted by new books coming into my libraries 🤦🏻‍♀️ 11mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 lol I know the feeling!! I keep telling my colleague that we should get release time to just sit and read the new arrivals 11mo
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Just finished listening to this #audiobook for this month‘s #mgbuddyread. This is actually my third time reading it. I first read the book back when it was nominated for the William Allen White Children‘s Book Award when I was 11 years old. I then reread it a few years ago, since I had fond memories of it. After the third reading, it‘s still as good as I remember it being the first time. #ownvoices #weneeddiversebooks

Lcsmcat I love her writing for adults, but didn‘t know she‘d written a children‘s book. 11mo
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Today is the only day this week I‘ll get home from school at reasonable hour and the weather actually feels a bit like spring, so I headed out for an #audiowalk. I‘m really enjoying this story, especially the whole range of emotions and experiences it describes.

#MGBuddyRead #middlegrade #audiobook

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Next up for the #mgbuddyread The Birchbark House. Get your copy today so you are ready for our discussion which will be held on Sunday, March 31st. Questions will be posted around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can! Questions? Just comment below 🙂

Daisey I‘ve been having a hard time finding a library copy of this, but the audio is available on #Hoopla if that would help anyone else as well. 12mo
Lmstraubie Thank you @Daisey! Good to know 🙂 12mo
Peddler410 I bought this for one of my schools twenty years ago when it first came out. Fingers crossed 🤞 that I still have a copy. I‘m going to check tomorrow. (edited) 12mo
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Lmstraubie @Peddler410 🤞🤞🤞 12mo
Lmstraubie Thank you @TheBookHippie 🙂 11mo
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Starting this #audiobook for my #morningcommute for the March #mgbuddyread.

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This YA novel is about a young Native American girl named Omakayas. It covers the triumphs and tribulations of her family over the course of a calendar year. Omakayas is a very realistic character, and I grew more attached to her as I read. Overall, this is an engaging book that I will happily recommend to my students.

Cinfhen This title will work for #DiverseMiddleGrade and #IndigenousAuthor #Booked2019 🙌🏻❤️😃 glad to hear it‘s a pick 1y
merelybookish Great review! I understand this a response/re-writing of Little House on the Prairie series. 1y
Tamra I went to Erdrich‘s bookstore early in the year and picked up this book for my daughter and I. We haven‘t gotten to it yet. 😬 I‘m glad to read you‘ve enjoyed it! 1y
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4thhouseontheleft @Tamra My daughter just read it in October and really liked it. It was a nice companion to her 5th grade social studies curriculum, they spend the fall learning about North American indigenous history. 1y
Melwilk @merelybookish I have heard that, and it certainly makes sense. Thanks! 1y
Melwilk @Tamra That sounds like fun! I hope you and your daughter enjoy it too 😊 1y
Melwilk @4thhouseontheleft I‘m so glad she liked it. That sounds like a good novel connection. 1y
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Not quite the day I had planned. 🤷🏻‍♀️ School‘s out while the remnants of #hurricanemichael blow through our area.

Maya is studying for a social studies test over breakfast! The unit ties in well with Indigenous Peoples‘ Day earlier this week, and we‘ve got a Louise Erdrich book lined up to read this afternoon!

On the plate: scrambled eggs, sweet potato hash browns and warm cinnamon apples. #booksandbreakfast

Tamra Looks cozy and delicious, out of the storm. 1y
Cathythoughts Love the sound of your breakfast ! Yummy 😋 1y
tracey38 I'm off today, too, so staying in from the remnants of the storm, too. 1y
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April has been a weird month. I haven‘t felt a lot like reading. I haven‘t had a lot of time to read. And I‘ve not known what I wanted to read when the opportunity came. But I did manage to make it slowly and surely through The Birchbark House and liked it so much that I ordered the next 3 and Erdrich‘s motherhood memoir from Birchbark Books. I just don‘t know what to read next 😂😂😂

Tamra I‘m looking forward to Birchbark House. 😊 2y
Tamra If you order the rest of the series from the author‘s bookshop, the books are signed. 2y
stargazerblue49 @Tamra Yep! All my copies came signed 😊 2y
MyBookLife So many good books to choose from 😍😍 2y
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I‘ve seen so many posts from different sources about this book that I finally had to read it myself. It‘s interesting, after a childhood when Little House on the Prairie was all the rage on TV, to see a children‘s book that treats Native Americans as (gasp!) real people and not as some sort of exotic enemy or primitive former occupant of the land where our great-great-great grandparents settled.

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My new way of keeping track of my physical book TBR pile. Ones closest are the ones I‘m reading. Back pile is the pile that will eventually make its way to my work shelf for my morbid Hospice/Palliative Med/Death and Dying collection. #tbrtuesday

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Went to Louise Erdrich‘s bookstore today and it was a delightfully curated shop. A lot of thoughtful literary selections and more staff pick notes than I‘ve ever seen in a single store. I loved reading them! Makes individual books all the more enticing. All of Erdrich‘s books are signed, including the Birchbark House series, which was my goal. @ForeverNerdy I got two copies!

Tamra Leafing thru I see characters from her adult books. I appreciate that she has spent her career developing them. 2y
ReadingEnvy Where is the bookstore? 2y
merelybookish That's so cool! I'm really curious about this series so I hope you'll let us know what you think! 2y
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[DELETED] 3803335244 Ohhhhhh! So excited! I wish we lived closer, we would have come with you. Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Wow! That sounds amazing! 2y
Tamra @ReadingEnvy Minneapolis 2y
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I also made it here this afternoon. It was a neat little store! I wore myself (and my wallet) out finally. Pics of the haul to come later!

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I loved this! Read alongside Little House in the Big Woods.

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The mother bear scene early in this book took my breath away.

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Book 2 on vacation! Rainy day - glad to be in the truck traveling (hopefully out of the rain by the time we reach our destination)

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I've read a few of Erdrich's adult novels, but this is the first I've read of her children's books. It reminded me a bit of Little House on the Prairie, but more inclusive. Omakayas, member of the Ojibwa tribe, lives with her family on an island during the 1800s. Each chapter shows Omakayas' maturation and growth as she faces hardships and tests of her strength and abilities. Erdrich uses beautiful language and symbolism to tell her story.

Chelsibno I read it when I was about 11 or 12 years old and really enjoyed it. 3y
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BOOK SHOPPING. 😀😀😀

This is an indie bookstore in Minneapolis owned by Louise Erdrich. If you're ever in the area, stop in!! The staff and curation are amazing. It's hands down one of my favorite bookstores and I got a killer haul. 📚📚

#getindie #nativebooks #indigenouslit

vivastory This is one store I never made it to when I lived there. How's the weather there? I'm seriously contemplating a road trip to twin cities this summer. 3y
BookishFeminist @vivastory the weather sucks 😂😂 I hate the cold. (But for the twin cities it's honestly not that bad, just dry & cold and some snow on the ground but not falling.) you need to visit the bookstore if you make the trip! Honestly I order from them online too bc they have such a great selection of native lit, it's amazing 3y
LeahBergen I've heard of this place! 3y
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vivastory @BookishFeminist Will you be passing through Milwaukee on your way home? 3y
vivastory @LeahBergen Twin Cities have so many amazing bookstores that I lived there for 4 years & there were a few I either never made it to, or only visited once or twice. 3y
BookishFeminist @LeahBergen Its really good! If you're ever down here you should go 😀 3y
BookishFeminist @vivastory Nah it's too far north this trip- we're going through Madison and down through Indiana 3y
vivastory @BookishFeminist Reason I asked about Milwaukee is that one of my favorite bookstores Woodland Pattern is located there & they have a strong Native literature section. Plus lots of independent & poetry presses. 3y
vivastory @BookishFeminist I see. That makes sense. 3y
BookishFeminist @vivastory I will keep that in mind for future trips! We will sometimes go that way to change things up and go to certain places but not this time. On the list it goes for our next road trip! 3y
Alfoster I grew up in Minneapolis! But was only 8 when we moved to California. Have such fond memories growing up there!😍 3y
AshleyS I live in Minneapolis and didn't even know about this place! I will have to visit soon! 3y
BookishFeminist @AshleyS Its tucked away in a residential neighborhood by Lake Calhoun! Well worth the trip ☺️ 3y
BookishFeminist @Alfoster Its a fun area! Lots of places to visit :) 3y
AmandaL I have always wanted to go there! 3y
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Krisjericho
The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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This has been compared to the Little House books, and I think that is apt. The feel is very similar, but this is told from the perspective of a Native American girl, which is a welcome change.

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Krisjericho
The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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If I can finish all of these this month, I will only have one epic tome, 1Q84, to read in December to complete my reading challenges. #novembertbr #photoadaynov16

TheNextBook Loved Memoirs of a Geisha! The movie was actually pretty amazing too. 3y
TrishB Pope Joan 😀 3y
RealLifeReading Good luck w your reading challenges! 3y
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kmwiley2
The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich

I wish these books had existed when I was a kid. I would have read them side by side with the Little House series, getting two perspectives if the time period.
A great read for kids interested in the way Native Americans once lived.

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BookInMyHands
The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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Set in 1847, Omakayas lives with her Ojibwa family on an island in Lake Superior. Their lives are marked by the work of each season and traditions passed with family and friends. But when a visitor brings illness to the village, Omakayas's family is changed forever.

I loved this look into American Indian culture and beliefs. Winner of the American Indian Youth Lit award and a National Book Award finalist.

#notawhiteprotagonist

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BookInMyHands
The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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"The only person left alive on the island was a baby girl."

#booktober
#greatfirstlines

RealLifeReading Stacked! Love Erdrich! 3y
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Kelly
The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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to see the other side of the "little house" era.

Sue Bunny!!! What a cutie!! 4y
ReviewsandReadathons I'm so jealous of your bookish bunny! 4y
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