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Readers will be riveted by the daily life of this Native American family, in which tanning moose hides, picking berries, and scaring crows from the cornfield are as commonplace as encounters with bear cubs and fireside ghost stories. Erdrich--a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwa--spoke to Ojibwa elders about the spirit and significance of Madeline Island, read letters from travelers, and even spent time with her own children on the island, observing their reactions to woods, stones, crayfish, bear, and deer. The author's softly hewn pencil drawings infuse life and authenticity to her poetic, exquisitely wrought narrative. Omakayas is an intense, strong, likable character to whom young readers will fully relate--from her mixed emotions about her siblings, to her discovery of her unique talents, to her devotion to her pet crow Andeg, to her budding understanding of death, life, and her role in the natural world. We look forward to reading more about this brave, intuitive girl--and wholeheartedly welcome Erdrich's future series to the canon of children's classics. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I just don't understand how this book got four and five stars. If I could give this book "negative" stars, I would. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Louisiana M
An answer to Little House with a perspective. This book was written for children and was very well done. The book told a story of an Indian family like I had never seen before.Published 1 month ago by April Teche
Beautifully written book. I was using this copy to correct a Braille file. As I was editing I started reading the story. I really enjoyed this story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robin King
My 5th graders didn't care for this book, but I liked it. Realistic fictionPublished 3 months ago by work in progress
Omakayas has a very interesting life! I got this from the library, and finished it in 2 days! The words in Ojibwe are also very interesting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Flalamingo