KatinaP, April 8, 2007 (view all comments by KatinaP)
I read the book Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman. I think this book was an ok read but it wasn’t my favorite. It’s about a young lady in the middle ages. Her father, the lord, wants to marry her off to a rich old man with lots of land. Catherine wants to just get away from the lady life and escape, but is always held in place by her constantly pregnant mother, and her always nagging nurse/maid Morwenna.
The reasons I didn’t really like this book is because the end just stops so suddenly without any idea of how she lives her life. It seems the author just wanted to get the book over with in a quick and horrible ending. I also don’t like that she always dragged on and on about her problems and sometimes never found a solution and left the reader confused. But, I liked the fact that Catherine always gets into some interesting situations. It not the type of things a girl in the Middle Ages would be expected to do.
The book is very historically accurate. It talks about the interesting and weird medicines that were thought to cure. Many are filled with assorted disgusting things like goat poop. It talks about the many feasts that happened every day and how everyone drank wine instead of water, even the children.
In conclusion I think Catherine, Called Birdy is a good book for people who like quick reads and very historically accurate books with a leading heroine. Personally I thought this book could’ve been better, but beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.
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kategrube, April 5, 2007 (view all comments by kategrube)
I read Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman. Catherine, Called Birdy isn’t my favorite book, but it’s somewhat ok. It’s about a lord’s young daughter named Catherine who lives in the middle ages. Catherine’s father the lord wants to wed her off to a rich lord with lots of land. Catherine is ordered around by Morwenna her nurse, who is always nagging her. Catherine wants to escape her life and run away with all the visitors that come to her family’s castle, but she can’t because of her responsibility at the castle.
The reason I don’t like Catherine, Called Birdy is because of how the author drags the problems Catherine has on. Sometimes the problem isn’t solved and it lets the reader wondering. I also don’t like how in the end it stops in a weird place. It seems like the author got tired of writing the book and stopped with a quick and easy ending. The part I do like about the book is all the interesting things Catherine gets herself into. I won’t give them away but they aren’t the kind of thing a young girl will want to get herself into in the Middle Ages.
Catherine, Called Birdy is definitely historically accurate. It talks about some of the weird things medieval people thought would cure everyone of sickness. Like all of the concoctions Catherine makes that are full of weird herbs and even goat poop. It also talks about all of the feasts and holidays that the manor has. It even mentions things about how everyone drank beer instead of water, even the kids.
To sum this up I think Catherine, Called Birdy is a good book for people who like historically accurate books with strong and brave girls. Even though I didn’t think this was the best book in the world it might not be the same for you.
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Fans of Cushman's witty, satisfying novels will welcome Meggy Swann, newly come to London with her only friend, a goose named Louise. Meggy is appalled by London; it's dirty, noisy, full of rogues and thieves, and difficult to get around innot that getting around is ever easy for someone who walks with the help of two sticks. But just as her alchemist father pursues his Great Work, Meggy finds herself pursuing her own transformation, and in the end, discovers Elizabethan London also has gifts in store for her.
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