Synopses & 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
A young Ojibwa girl living on an island in Lake Superior in 1847 is featured in a story that draws from Erdrich's own family history. Winner of the 2000 WILLA Award (Women Writing the West) and a National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Award Winner. Illustrations by the author.