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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060577908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060577902
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-Effortlessly and beautifully, Erdrich continues her story about an Ojibwe family in northern Minnesota in the mid 1800s. The series began with Omakayas's girlhood and now shifts to the lives of her sons. In 1866, quiet Chickadee and mischievous Makoons are inseparable eight-year-old twins, cherished by their extended family. When they gather with other Ojibwe to make maple sugar, a cruel older man mocks Chickadee for his small size and namesake. Makoons defends his brother's honor by playing a revengeful prank on the man, which humiliates and incenses him. His thick-headed, muscle-bound sons vow revenge and kidnap Chickadee, carrying him away and forcing him to serve their bewildering oafish demands. His family is heartbroken and pursues the captors while Makoons becomes listless and ill. Chickadee eventually escapes, in time reuniting with a traveling uncle, who leads the way back to his family. Through many harrowing adventures, the child is aided and encouraged by his avian namesake, who teaches him that small things have great power. Erdrich's storytelling is masterful. All of the characters, even minor ones, are believable and well developed, and small pencil drawings add to the story's charm. The northern Minnesota setting is vividly described, and information about Ojibwe life and culture is seamlessly woven into every page. Readers will be more than happy to welcome little Chickadee into their hearts.-Lisa Crandall, Capital Area District Library, Holt, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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PRAISE FOR CHICKADEE:“A beautifully evolving story of an indigenous American family. ” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Erdrich’s storytelling is masterful. Readers will be more than happy to welcome little Chickadee into their hearts.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Readers will absorb the history lesson almost by osmosis; their full attention will be riveted on the story. Every detail anticipates readers’ interest.” (The Horn Book)

“In the fourth book in Erdrich’s award-winning Birchbark House series, the focus moves to a new generation. As always, the focus is on the way-of-life details as much as the adventure. Most affecting are the descriptions of Makoons’ loneliness without his brother.” (ALA Booklist)

“The pleasures of reading the series are not unlike those of reading Laura Ingalls Wilder: Discovering an earlier time in our country through stories of the daily lives of children.” (Newsday.com)

GLOWING PRAISE FOR THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE SERIES:“Based on Erdrich’s own family history, the mischievous celebration will move readers, and so will the anger and sadness. What is left unspoken is as powerful as the story told.” (Booklist (starred review))

“[A] lyrical narrative. Readers will want to follow this family for many seasons to come.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Readers who loved Omakayas and her family in The Birchbark House (1999) have ample reason to rejoice in this beautifully contstructed sequel … Hard not to hope for what comes next for this radiant nine-year old.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Erdrich’s charming pencil drawings interspersed throughout and her glossary of Ojibwe terms round out a beautiful offering. (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Erdrich’s gifts are many, and she has given readers another tale full of rich details of 1850’s Ojibwe life, complicated supporting characters, and all the joys and challenges of a girl becoming a woman.” (Horn Book (starred review))

Why has no one written this story before? (ALA Booklist (boxed review))

“The Birchbark House establishes its own ground, in the vicinity of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Erdrich’s captivating tale of four seasons portrays a deep appreciation of our environment, our history, and our Native American sisters and brothers.” (School Library Journal)

More About the Author

Louise Erdrich is the author of twelve novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her debut novel, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent novel, The Plague of Doves, a New York Times bestseller, received the highest praise from Philip Roth, who wrote, "Louise Erdrich's imaginative freedom has reached its zenith--The Plague of Doves is her dazzling masterpiece." Louise Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.

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Great characters and a wonderful story line.
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I was disappointed in myself for having spent the money to download a new publication and then finding it not satisfying.
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Only Erdrich can make living history interesting to children and adults alike!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on September 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
At the end of THE PORCUPINE YEAR, the last installment of Louise Erdrich's novels that began with THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE, Omakayas was on the verge of becoming a woman, a full member of her Ojibwe tribe. Four years after publication of that volume, Erdrich returns with CHICKADEE, a sequel of sorts that finds Omakayas as a wife and mother, with two young boys of her own.

The Birchbark House novels take place in the mid-19th century in Wisconsin and Minnesota; they've been positioned as alternatives to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, but with a Native American focus. In CHICKADEE, just like the Ingalls family, Omakayas' family is on the move again, from the Lake of the Woods to the unfamiliar landscape of the Great Plains.

Chickadee is taking a journey separate from his family, and through no desire of his own. After the mischievous boy and his twin, Makoons, pay a trick on a mean old man, the man's sons take revenge by kidnapping Chickadee and turning him into their servant. The boy must take care of the boorish brothers' horses and also cook for them, a disgusting stew made partly of dead mice --- and of their droppings.

But the brothers don't bargain for Chickadee's family's persistence in finding him --- or in Chickadee's own desire for survival and freedom. After Chickadee escapes from the brothers, his adventures and dangers are hardly over, but he is guided by the spirit --- and even the voice --- of his namesake bird, the tiny bird that everyone underestimates.

The migratory nature of Erdrich's novel underscores one of the main cultural and historical differences between her characters and the white settlers they counterbalance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wanda L. Nelson on May 25, 2013
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I love and own every book that Louise Erdrich has ever written--both adult and youth. This book is no exception. Her characters and wonderful and her stories are always fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ButterRum on February 19, 2014
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I LOVED the first three books in this series. However, I was disappointed by this one. First of all, I was upset by the decision to move from the forest to the prairie. The logic the characters gave for the move seemed weak at best. I didn't feel it fit with the spirit of, or the ideas presented in, the previous books. Then, the direction Chickadee's journey took seemed very unlikely. There was too much coincidence and not enough "boy in the forest relying on his own skills". The Red Road caravan dragged on with little to make it very interesting and a lot of the more interesting details left out. Then the ending was abrupt. The book was lacking depth and overall seemed so illogical that it upset me. I enjoy Erdrich's writing style. I have no quarrel with the general theme of the book. However, this was definitely NOT her finest work. I would have rated it 2 stars but I feel my experience with the previous 3 books had my hopes set very high. I think someone coming into the series AT this book would have enjoyed it more.
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By Amazon Customer on July 4, 2014
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Good book.
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I've been reading this series with my granddaughter, who turned seven three months ago. She loves to listen and is inspired to take up sewing her own mittens with sheepskin and velvet and old felted sweaters I've been saving up for just such occasions. The practical information is interesting, and the respect for nature and the spirituality of all things really meshes with my granddaughter's own inclinations. She clearly resonates with the story, making the expressions she associates with each of the characters when an emotion is expressed. It's really a joy to share them with her. Thanks to Ms. Erdrich!
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By Rebekah Goemaat on October 28, 2013
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Great characters and a wonderful story line. A really enjoyable read for children and adults. I will be reading the rest of the series.
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By Helene Nawrocki on September 14, 2013
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Wonderful story, charming, connected to nature. Louise Erdrich has a gentle, lesson giving hand for her young readers. Illustrations supported the text.
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By Suzanne Schumacher on June 22, 2013
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An award winning series, I think originally written for young adults or teens. But it suited me just fine at 66! I really enjoyed the entire series!
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