The Birchbark House

The Birchbark House Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Product details

Listening Length 5 hours and 26 minutes
Author Louise Erdrich
Narrator Nicolle Littrell
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date January 30, 2004
Publisher Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B0001GDQKY
Best Sellers Rank #76,126 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#11 in Intermediate Readers for Children
#12 in Native American Stories for Children
#682 in Education (Audible Books & Originals)

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Neil
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for little kids
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 16, 2023
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Neil
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for little kids
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 16, 2023
So I'm quite enjoying this book. But the reason I got it was because my 6 year old absolutely loves the little house on the prairie series and I wanted to get her something to show her that the Indians/ Native Americans were nice people with a rich culture, and not just scary people who want to massacre europeans.

This is not the Indian equivalent of little house though. It starts off with a scene where everyone but a baby dies of smallpox. There's then a scene where the 6/7 year old protagonist is left in charge of her baby brother, and she takes him out of his cradle board,which we are told no-one is allowed to do, and plays with him by a river. No-one finds out about this and it is seen as a good thing because it is their little secret. Not a lesson I want my 6 year old to learn. Then her father tells a terrifying story about some cannibal ghosts who try to eat him and his friends in the middle of the night.

I also find it a bit tedious that there is so much native American language in it, and an assumption that everyone should know what they're talking about. I mean as an adult it's interesting. There is a little dictionary at the back where you can look up the words, but as a 6 year old, having to be continually looking up words you don't understand is just a non-starter Having said that, if you were a native American, or even a non-native north american, then this might be enjoyable or serve a purpose.

So all in all, like I said, I'm enjoying it. But I would say that the 9-10 year recommendation that this book comes with is definitely one you should pay heed to. I'm very glad I decided to read it first before reading to my daughter. I'm struggling to know what age to recommend it to. The writing is too young for a 12-13 year old, but I think the content is too adult for younger kids.
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D. V
5.0 out of 5 stars SO. GOOD.
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on August 18, 2019
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John Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birchbark House
Reviewed in Germany 🇩🇪 on January 28, 2014
londoneye
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Reviewed in France 🇫🇷 on March 4, 2013