|Her name is Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first step was a hop, and she lives on an island in Lake Superior.It is 1850 and the lives of the Ojibwe have returned to a familiar rhythm: they build their birchbark houses in the summer, go to the ricing camps in the fall to harvest and feast, and move to their cozy cedar log cabins near the town of LaPointe before the first snows. |
The satisfying routines of Omakayas's days are interrupted by a surprise visit from a group of desperate and mysterious people. From them, she learns that all their lives may drastically change. The chimookomanag, or white people, want Omakayas and her people to leave their island in Lake Superior and move farther west. Omakayas realizes that something so valuable, so important that she never knew she had it in the first place, is in danger: Her home. Her way of life.
In this captivating sequel to National Book Award nominee The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich continues the story of Omakayas and her family.
Performed by Anna Fields
From the Publisher:
Nine-year-old Omakayas, of the Ojibwa tribe, moves west with her family in 1849.
Deeply attached to her island home, nine-year-old Omakayas spends her days helping her mother and grandmother care for the family, playing with cousins, and evading her annoying little brother, Pinch. The year is 1850, and change comes in two forms: the arrival of destitute relatives and disturbing news that the white men may force the Ojibwe from their land. Surrounded by everyone she loves, Omakayas can't imagine her life differently and begins to understand how precious her people and home are. This sequel to THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE comes with a glossary of Ojibwe words. Louise Erdrich, the author, is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwa, and this story is partially based on her own family history. Both a New York Times Notable Book of 2005 and a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2005.
"Like its prequel, this meticulously researched novel offers an even balance of joyful and sorrowful moments while conveying a perspective of America's past that is rarely found in history books." 05/16/2005 Kirkus Reviews
"[A] beautifully constructed sequel." 05/01/2005