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Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü Louise Erdrich Louise Erdrich Ü 4 Read characters The Porcupine Year Ng she has the one thing she needs to carry her throughRichly imagined full of laughter and sorrow The Porcupine Year continues Louise Erdrich's celebrated series which began with The Birchbark House a National Book Award finalist and continued with The Game of Silence winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. In the year during which Omakayas is twelve winters old she and her family leave their home near Lake Superior and head west looking for a new place to settle As they make the difficult journey Omakayas and her younger brother Pinch both begin to come of age taking on new names and identities as adulthood comes ever closer The year is marked by many emotional ups and downs including the loss of a beloved family member and the revelation that another is perhaps not what he had first seemedI was really annoyed by the representation of Father Baraga in the second book of this series Game of Silence and it took me a while to want to read another book for fear there would be blatant inaccuracies reuiring research and emails to Catholic Answers apologists Happily there are no egregiously anti Catholic representations in this book and indeed priests when mentioned are shown to be helpful and merciful Without having to dissect scenes involving Catholic clergy I was able to enjoy this novel for what it is an exciting but emotional adventure story about Ojibwe life in 1852There is a lot of memorable description in this book and while not all of it is pleasant to read about it is all handled very tastefully and almost poetically Though there are some definite scary moments and some that could even be considered gruesome I did not find them so troubling that I lost sleep or had nightmares or anything like that Even the scenes about Omakayas beginning her moon and gaining the ability to bear children were written in a way that didn t feel embarrassing or awkward Erdrich describes this experience as such a positive and meaningful transition from girlhood to womanhood and though it is very specific to Omakayas s culture I think her description could be comforting to a girl from any time and placeWhile the plot in this book is pretty action packed for some reason I just didn t connect with it as strongly as with the first book of the series Still I enjoyed the story and plan to read the next book Chickadee sometime this spring at which point I ll need to get myself a copy of Makoons the only one of the series I don t yet own and the final bookThis review also appears on my blog Read at Home Mom

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Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü Louise Erdrich Louise Erdrich Ü 4 Read characters The Porcupine Year Here follows the story of a most extraordinary year in the life of an Ojibwe family and of a girl named Omakayas or Little Frog who lived a year of flight and adventure pain and joy in 1852 When Omakayas is twelve winters old she and her family set off on a harrowing journey They travel by canoe westward from the shores of. Good book I thought of it as a story like that of Laura Ingalls Wilder told by a Native American girl The book was well written and enjoyable I did wish that the ending didn t come uite so suddenly AND I was surprised to learn about halfway through the book that is 2 in a 3 book setbut fun to read nonetheless I d recommend it to middle schoolers

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Read & Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ü Louise Erdrich Louise Erdrich Ü 4 Read characters The Porcupine Year Lake Superior along the rivers of northern Minnesota in search of a new home While the family has prepared well unexpected danger enemies and hardships will push them to the brink of survival Omakayas continues to learn from the land and the spirits around her and she discovers that no matter where she is or how she is livi. The Porcupine Year is the third book in the Birchbark House series about the protagonist Omakayas by Louise Eldrich 12 year old Omakayas is an Ojibwe girl in 1852 America This book is a heartwarming story that chronicles the struggles of Omakayas and her family as they search for a new safe place to live after being removed from their home by the United States government The story catches you from the beginning with banter between Omakayas and her brother Pinch The banter soon turns to survival and working together when they accidentally go over a waterfall Humor replaces danger when Pinch saves a porcupine that later becomes his medicine animal and wants to live perched on his head The two are reunited with their extended family and start their long journey north to start a new life Numerous difficulties are thrown in their path as they make their way across the landscape The reader lives one year of Omakayas life and learns about the customs relationships and spiritual beliefs of this Ojibwe Native American family The overwhelming theme of sticking together to survive continues throughout the entire book as the family encounters the cruelty of other Native Americans starvation abduction and death but ends with Omakayas coming of age when she receives her first moon puberty Along the way the reader gets to see how each situation good and bad is dealt with and thus learns a great deal about Native American culture I happen to love Native American symbolism and spiritualism and found myself really enjoying this book Eldrich does a beautiful job of describing the setting so young readers can visualize not only the landscape but the mood and thoughts of the characters with simple but moving authentic dialogue She is of Chippewa descent and clearly has an authentic perspective about the life of a Native American in this era The pencil drawings although rare also lent themsleves to the beauty of the book I can see how this text won the ALA Notable Children s Book Award It is suggested that the age range of this text is grade 3 8 I would suggest it not be used with 3rd to 5th grade children because of some of the intense material and the amount of background knowledge needed to comprehend the text This possibly disturbing material includes a story about a person being eaten by dogs In addition there are many aspects of the book that need scaffolding The names in the book are difficult to pronounce and I found myself confused as to which character was male or female I was fortunate to have listened to the text on a CD and received the correct pronunciation Younger students might become frustrated with the unusual names I also have a great deal of background information about Native American rituals and beliefs and found it easy to fill in any gaps Things like spirit cloth medicine animal and first moon as well as the Native American symbolism and beliefs about nature would need to be discussed with children prior to reading Discussions about the onset of puberty also need to be considered Instructors need to make individual determinations as to the maturity of their students as well as their background knowledge This is not a stand alone text but may be offered toward the end of a unit on Native American life I did not read the other two books in the series The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence but I look forward to doing so in the future

  • Hardcover
  • 182
  • The Porcupine Year
  • Louise Erdrich
  • English
  • 07 March 2018
  • 9780060297879