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The birchbark house
Erdrich, Louise.
Personal Author:
First Hyperion paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 2002.

Physical Description:
244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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. For as long as Omakayas can remember, she and her family have lived on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. Although the chimookoman, white people, encroach more and more on their land, life continues much as it always has. Every summer the family builds a new birchbark house; every fall they go to ricing camp to harvest and feast; they move to the cedar log house before the first snows arrive, and celebrate the end of the long, cold winters at maple-sugaring camp. In between, Omakayas fights with her annoying little brother, Pinch, plays with the adorable baby, Neewo, and tries to be grown-up like her beautiful older sister, Angeline. But the satisfying rhythms of their lives are shattered when a visitor comes to their lodge one winter night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever. Set on an island in Lake Superior in 1847, and filled with fascinating details of traditional Ojibwa life, The Birchbark House is a breathtaking novel by one of America's most gifted and original writers.
The girl from Spirit Island -- Neebin (Summer). The Birchbark house -- Old tallow -- The return -- Andeg. Deydey's ghost story -- Dagwaging (Fall). Fishtail's pipe -- Pinch -- The move -- First snow -- Biboon (Winter). The blue ferns. Grandma's story: Fishing the dark side of the lake -- The visitor -- Hunger. Nanabozho and Muskrat make an earth -- Zeegwun (Spring). -- Maple sugar time -- One Horn's protection -- Full circle -- Author's note on the Ojibwa language -- Glossary and pronounciation guide of Ojibwa terms.
Reading Level:
970 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.1 7.0 36398.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.9 11 Quiz: 17743 Guided reading level: T.

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