Thorndike Press

The Birchbark House

  • Louise Erdrich
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432865919
  • ISBN-13: 9781432865917
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .85 lbs ( .39 kgs)
  • 275 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released May 2019



A National Book Award Finalist

The family spends its summers in a house made of birchbark, harvest time at ricing camp and winters in a cedar log house before harvesting sugar maple at camp in the spring. Nokomis always urges Omakayas to learn the old ways of her tribe and to listen for the spirits in nature.

Age Range: 9-12 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: 970L


Customer Reviews

“[In this] story of a young Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847, Louise Erdrich is reversing the narrative perspective used in most children's stories about nineteenth-century Native Americans. Instead of looking out at ‘them’ as dangers or curiosities, Erdrich, drawing on her family's history, wants to tell about ‘us’, from the inside. The Birchbark House establishes its own ground, in the vicinity of Laura Ingalls Wilder's ‘Little House’ books.”

— The New York Times Book Review