on 28 July 1999
Any child who has read and loved such classics as the <Little House> series, or <Indian Captive> will welcome the gift of this book. My 8-year old daughter declared it to be the best book she's ever read, and urged me to read it. I did, and I concur. It's a wonderful read, and one that I plan to buy as a gift for years to come. The heroine of this book is such a delight. The hundred-plus years that separate her from the modern reader melt away. Erdrich has done a powerful job of maintaining the historical accuracy of this book while making her characters relevant to modern readers. Really well done.
on 3 July 1999
My 9-year old niece couldn't put this book down! We can't wait for the next in the series. In contrast to the usual misconceptions about American Indians in children's literature and the media, this is a rare, historically accurate story about a 19th Century Ojibwa girl that goes beyond the usual caricatures and stereotypes. I hope Erdrich will someday write children's books about contemporary Indians, as well.
on 13 March 2013
This unassuming little book is a treasure. I came across it while teacher training and it revealed the lost world of the Native American way of life. As the author draws on her own heritage in the weaving of her tale, the reader gets the impression of being part of a story chain across generations. Overall, it's the little details that stay with you, almost becoming your own memories: maple syrup oozing through newly tapped bark,crows caught and roasted in mud, a native American maiden's soft leather sewing kit...Rarely has such a wonderful book been so underated. All children should have a copy of this.
on 2 September 1999
Bravo to Louise Erdrich for the beauty, intimacy and unsentimentalized story of a young Ojibwa girl, and her family. The protagonist, Omakayas, conveys to the reader, in subtle and rich description, not only the ways of her people, their heritage and culture, but also the ways of the human heart. I found more depth of feeling in this novel, than in those by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Here we have a lovely story for children, that offers a realistic, often painful, yet ultimately redeeming and heartening year in the life of a very remarkable girl. The passing of seasons and and passage of time corresponds with Omakayas' passage into maturity, acceptance and healing. I look forward to reading this to the middle school children in my classroom.
on 4 January 2004
Although there is not one point in the book that is amazingly exciting the entire book is interesting and gives a good idea of native american life. Although the book does lack a climax it is a must read if you are interested in learning about this culture. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl, describing her life in a way that is both spiritual and practical. The book has some historical content which is included in a fascinating way; this is a brilliant book