Louise Erdrich’s BIRCHBARK HOUSE is reminiscent of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS. Both provide detailed windows into life in the mid-1800s--Wilder as a white settler of the northern Midwest; Erdrich as an Ojibwa of Lake Superior. In the cycle of one year, the listener becomes familiar with life-sustaining events, such as the maple sugar and wild rice harvests, and is introduced to young Omakayas and her extended family. Nicolle Littrell narrates with a gentle and quiet voice. Her presentation is light and immediate, giving the listener the opportunity to bear witness to each event, whether it be Omakayas talking to her bear brothers and gaining insight into being a healer or Old Tallow telling of the sickness that impacts both Omakayas’s and Ojibwa life. Stories from Ojibwa tradition complement the seasonal narrative. A.R. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 02]
Library Ed. Audio Bookshelf 2002
CS ISBN $34.95 Four cassettes
CD ISBN $44.95 Five CDs
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