The Resource Chickadee, Louise Erdrich

Chickadee, Louise Erdrich

Label
Chickadee
Title
Chickadee
Statement of responsibility
Louise Erdrich
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1866, Omakayas's son Chickadee is kidnapped by two ne'er-do-well brothers from his own tribe and must make a daring escape, forge unlikely friendships, and set out on an exciting and dangerous journey to get back home
Member of
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, 2013.
Review
  • Grades 4-7 In the fourth book in Erdrich’s award-winning Birchbark House series, the focus moves to a new generation. In 1866, when Omakayas’ son, Chickadee, eight, is kidnapped, his twin, Makoons, and his family take off across the cold, snowy Great Plains to find Chickadee, who escapes his captors and then encounters white English settlers, including a kind priest who wants to save Chickadee’s soul, and racist Christians, who view Indians as pagan “filthy savages.” Best for those familiar with the series, the story includes a huge, multigenerational cast of characters, and some readers may have trouble keeping track of who’s who. As always, the focus is on the way-of-life details as much as the adventure and on the daily, logistical drama of how the family moves from all that they have known to the Great Plains. Most affecting are the descriptions of Makoons’ loneliness without his brother; even in the crowded cabin, “There was empty space that could be filled only by Chickadee.” HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Erdrich’s literary clout makes any new release a notable event, and the Birchbark House series has a large and growing following. -- Rochman, Hazel (Reviewed 08-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 22, p76)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 4 – 8 — Effortlessly and beautifully, Erdrich continues her story about an Ojibwe family in northern Minnesota in the mid 1800s. The series began with Omakayas's girlhood and now shifts to the lives of her sons. In 1866, quiet Chickadee and mischievous Makoons are inseparable eight-year-old twins, cherished by their extended family. When they gather with other Ojibwe to make maple sugar, a cruel older man mocks Chickadee for his small size and namesake. Makoons defends his brother's honor by playing a revengeful prank on the man, which humiliates and incenses him. His thick-headed, muscle-bound sons vow revenge and kidnap Chickadee, carrying him away and forcing him to serve their bewildering oafish demands. His family is heartbroken and pursues the captors while Makoons becomes listless and ill. Chickadee eventually escapes, in time reuniting with a traveling uncle, who leads the way back to his family. Through many harrowing adventures, the child is aided and encouraged by his avian namesake, who teaches him that small things have great power. Erdrich's storytelling is masterful. All of the characters, even minor ones, are believable and well developed, and small pencil drawings add to the story's charm. The northern Minnesota setting is vividly described, and information about Ojibwe life and culture is seamlessly woven into every page. Readers will be more than happy to welcome little Chickadee into their hearts.—Lisa Crandall, Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI --Lisa Crandall (Reviewed September 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 9, p143)
  • /* Starred Review */ Erdrich continues the saga of Omakayas and her family, who now embark in 1866 on a life-changing search that takes them from Minnesota's North Woods to the Great Plains in this fourth book of The Birchbark House Series. Omakayas is now a young mother with lively 8-year-old twins named Chickadee and Makoons. When the tribe's bully, Zhigaag, calls Chickadee a "weakling" who's "scrawny like his namesake," grandmother Nokomis reminds him that "[s]mall things have great power." After Makoons tricks Zhigaag, his oafish sons avenge their father by hijacking Chickadee to the Red River Valley. Chickadee's family searches desperately until they reach Pembina on the Great Plains. Meanwhile, resourceful Chickadee escapes and survives with help from his wee namesake until he runs into his Uncle Quill driving an ox cart of furs to sell in St. Paul. Quill and Chickadee travel with fellow traders on the Red River ox cart trail, arriving in Pembina to find Makoons seriously ill. Chickadee and Makoons extend Omakaya's story to the next generation as her Ojibwe family transitions from its native woods culture to life on the plains. Realistic black-and-white spot art provides snapshots of Chickadee's adventures. A beautifully evolving story of an indigenous American family. (map; glossary & pronunciation guide of Ojibwe terms) (Historical fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2012)
Awards note
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, winner, 2013
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10142830
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Erdrich, Louise
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 8-12
LC call number
  • PZ7.E72554
  • PS3555.R42
LC item number
  • Ch 2012
  • C488 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 8
Reading level
  • 5.1.
  • 5.3.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Birchbark House series
Series volume
bk. 4
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ojibwa Indians
  • Métis
  • Ojibwa Indians
  • Métis
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America
  • Kidnapping
  • Voyages and travels
  • Family life
  • Superior, Lake, Region
  • Great Plains
  • Métis
  • Ojibwa Indians
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Chickadee, Louise Erdrich
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Sequel to: The porcupine year
  • Sequel: Makoons
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The hunting spirit -- 2. Gaawiin Mashi -- 3. Reunion -- 4. Small things -- 5. Sons of Zhigaag -- 6. The way it happened -- 7. The chase -- 8. Bouyah -- 9. Into the plains -- 10. Two strike's knives -- 11. River break -- 12. The strange family -- 13. A desperate matter -- 14. Setting up home -- 15. At the mercy of two strike -- 16. The small and the fierce -- 17. The cart train -- 18. Red river trail -- 19. Uncle quill -- 20. Makoons -- 21. St. Paul -- 22. Touching earth -- 23. Return of the Bouyah -- 24. The snake nest -- 25. The wind -- Author's note on the Ojibwe language
Control code
ocn777620886
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
196 pages
Isbn
9780060577919
Lccn
2012006565
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)777620886
Label
Chickadee, Louise Erdrich
Publication
Note
  • Sequel to: The porcupine year
  • Sequel: Makoons
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The hunting spirit -- 2. Gaawiin Mashi -- 3. Reunion -- 4. Small things -- 5. Sons of Zhigaag -- 6. The way it happened -- 7. The chase -- 8. Bouyah -- 9. Into the plains -- 10. Two strike's knives -- 11. River break -- 12. The strange family -- 13. A desperate matter -- 14. Setting up home -- 15. At the mercy of two strike -- 16. The small and the fierce -- 17. The cart train -- 18. Red river trail -- 19. Uncle quill -- 20. Makoons -- 21. St. Paul -- 22. Touching earth -- 23. Return of the Bouyah -- 24. The snake nest -- 25. The wind -- Author's note on the Ojibwe language
Control code
ocn777620886
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
196 pages
Isbn
9780060577919
Lccn
2012006565
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)777620886

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