- By Louise Erdrich


  • Title: Chickadee
  • Author: Louise Erdrich
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Chickadee Winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction Chickadee is the first novel of a new arc in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdric

    Winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Chickadee is the first novel of a new arc in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich.Twin brothers Chickadee and Makoons have done everything together since they were born until the unthinkable happens and the brothers are separated.Desperate to reunite, botWinner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Chickadee is the first novel of a new arc in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich.Twin brothers Chickadee and Makoons have done everything together since they were born until the unthinkable happens and the brothers are separated.Desperate to reunite, both Chickadee and his family must travel across new territories, forge unlikely friendships, and experience both unexpected moments of unbearable heartache as well as pure happiness And through it all, Chickadee has the strength of his namesake, the chickadee, to carry him on.Chickadee continues the story of one Ojibwe family s journey through one hundred years in America School Library Journal, in a starred review, proclaimed, Readers will be than happy to welcome little Chickadee into their hearts The paperback edition includes additional material, such as an interview with the author and activities.

    1 thought on “Chickadee

    1. Should probably be three stars, because I didn't like this book at all at first; I thought it was a jumble up until the main thrust of the plot starts, when Chickadee is kidnapped. Neither the plot threads, the setting, nor the characters kept me engaged. The writing felt overly expository. But then, once the story starts! The book reads very quickly, too quickly; I wanted to keep reading it for hours, and can't wait for the next book in the series.This isn't the lovely, complete book The Porcup [...]

    2. With immense satisfaction and a deep sigh, I read the last words in Louise Erdrich's Chickadee and then gazed at the cover. Chickadee is the fourth book in her Birchbark House series, launched in 1999.My copy arrived yesterday afternoon and I immediately began reading--but not racing--through Chickadee, because it is written with such beauty, power, and elegance that I knew I'd reach the end and wish I could go on, reading about Omakayas and her eight-year-old twin boys, Chickadee and Makoons.Th [...]

    3. I only read the first book in this series, The Birchbark House, so I pretty much read this as a stand alone novel. I also have a personal reason to love this book - I spent much of childhood in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota on Lake Superior, and twice worked with the Anishinabe community there. Now that I live in CA, reading this was a lot like going home. I really appreciated the way in which Erdrich has written a historical fiction novel that is still accessible to its audience. The rich cu [...]

    4. BOOK CHOICE #4 – Chickadee (The Birchbark House #4)By Louise Erdrich1) Rationale for selecting this book for your culturally diverse text set, with specific evidence to support its cultural significance: I selected this book based on a recommendation from the American Indians in Children’s Literature webpage, an authority on Native texts. “Established in 2006, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's an [...]

    5. Chickadee is written by Louise Erdrich, a New York Times Bestselling Author, and I could see exactly why that she has that prestigious award. This book ranks in the top 3 of what I have read thus far in class. It is hard to pinpoint exactly what was so enjoyable about the story, but I will try! Chickadee and his twin brother Makoon are best of friends with loving parents as well as loyal family. Chickadee gets taken one day and all of a sudden BAM! The race is on to find young Chickadee and the [...]

    6. The books of Louise Erdrich always make me feel as though I am soaking comfortably in a warm bath, easing my troubles away. As with all her titles, this fourth one that continues the Birchbark House series did not disappoint me. Although she chooses her words carefully, slowly building her characters and revealing her book's plot, she does so deftly and sensitively, drawing readers into the family's inner circle, and making us laugh, weep, and hold our breaths to see what will happen. The story [...]

    7. Twin brothers named Omakayas and Chickadee grew up doing everything together since birth. However, everything takes a turn for the worse when Chickadee gets kidnapped by missionaries because of a bad prank. The story follows Chickadee as he grow and matures over time. In order for Chickadee to not become a servant, he must escape. It is interesting to see how he provides a life for himself in his quest to find his way back home.This story is well written and teaches about survival and family. Th [...]

    8. I have taught this series since The Birchbark House along with Little House on the Prairie in my Female Voices in Historical Narratives class. Erdrich's language is so fresh and direct, the stories so engaging, we have come to love this family and feel their many travails. This one's focus is on Omykayas' twin sons, and how the family moves from the forests to the plains. I was especially taken - again, as in all the other books - with her clear depiction of the spirit world and its place in the [...]

    9. This continues the familial tale begun three books ago in "The Birchbark House", but now Omakayas is the mother of twins, one of whom features in this novel. This tells the story of how the family ends up leaving the lake country of Minnesota and moving to the plains of Dakota. Here they need to learn a completely different lifestyle as none of their traditional plants and animals used for food and tools are available. Once again, Erdrich tells a well-drawn story with interesting characters that [...]

    10. Another beautiful book in a beautiful series. I thought it would make me sad to leave the story of Omakayas as a young girl, thus making this book harder to read. I should not have worried. The story of her son Chickadee, and his action-packed (yet historically true) cross-Minnesota adventure was new and exciting while managing to maintain the same sense of sweetness and family that existed in the first three books. I miss Old Tallow, but grown-up Two Strike nicely fills her place in the family. [...]

    11. I was not a big fan of this book. It took awhile to really get good and the beginning wad very confusing. Once Chickadee got taken then the story got good. It is about Chickadee and his brother who have always done everything together until they get separated. Once Chickadee is kidnapped his has to find his way back home to his family by going through different terrains and places. It was an ok book, not one of my favorites.

    12. Chickadee by Louise Erdrich. Birchbark House, The Game of Silence, The Porcupine Year, and next is Chickadee in the Birchbark House series for kids, yet interesting adults will encounter a story that is important, funny, and compelling. Louise Erdrich is my favorite American novelist.

    13. I liked this book best of the four so far. It is fun to read about the history while falling in love with the characters.

    14. I liked this book. It was interesting learning historical facts about the Ojibwe. I really like the character of Chickadee, such a round character.

    15. “Chickadee”, the latest in Erdrich’s Birchbark House series, introduces us to twins Chickadee and Makoons. They are mischievous and energetic, and completely devoted to each other. However, their high spirits land them in trouble when a prank goes awry and Chickadee is stolen away from his brother and family to be a servant. Determined to find each other, both Chickadee and his mourning family set out to find their way back to each other, encountering missionaries, fur trappers, new settle [...]

    16. This felt a little bit like the Farmer Boy of the series, I guess mostly just because it'sabout a boy. But also it has more of an active-adventurey plot compared to the more methodical earlier books? Also since it's a new generation of the story I do think a reader could start with this one and skip the first three if they wanted something a little more plot-driven. (And then: get captivated by the characters and go back and read the first 3 after)!

    17. The genre of this book is Historical fiction. This book has won one award, from the Scott O’dell Award for Historical Fiction. The age group for this book would be around 8-12 years old. Most of the children that are around that age, are in 3rd-7th grade. This story revolves around a child that gets kidnapped and after escaping, he must find his way back home and back to his family. The book details all his endeavors, new friendships, and obstacles that it took to get back to his brother and f [...]

    18. This is the fourth, and as far as I can tell, final book in the Birchbark House series. You don’t necessarily have to have read the other books to enjoy and follow this one (I have read the first, but not the middle two). The ending felt like it left some ends untied so maybe Erdrich plans on writing another in the series?Chickadee is more of an adventure story than The Birchbark House, however it features many of the everyday life scenes and thoughts that made the first book so good. At times [...]

    19. This is the fourth book in the Birchbark House series, a story about a family of Ojibwe Indians in the 1800s. This story follows Chickadee, one of the twin sons of Omakayas, the original main character in the stories. It begins as the family gathers at their spring sugaring camp in Lake of the Woods (Canada). Chickadee is stolen from the camp by two brutish traders, who take him south into the Great Plains of Minnesota to be their slave. Fortunately, Chickadee is able to escape, but it takes tim [...]

    20. I LOVED the first three books in this series. However, I was disappointed by this one. First of all, I was upset by the decision to move from the forest to the prairie. The logic the characters gave for the move seemed weak at best. I didn't feel it fit with the spirit of, or the ideas presented in, the previous books. Then, the direction Chickadee's journey took seemed very unlikely. There was too much coincidence and not enough "boy in the forest relying on his own skills". The Red Road carava [...]

    21. In 1866, two ne-er-do-well brothers from his own Ojibwe tribe kidnap Chickadee from his family's spring sugaring camp and try to make him their servant. Chickadee travels from Canada to the Great Plains of Minnesota with his kidnappers, all the while missing the comforts of home, the love of his family, and the companionship of his twin brother, Makoons. Chickadee bravely summons the courage to plot his escape and begin the harrowing journey home; meanwhile, Chickadee's family sets out on their [...]

    22. Erdrich again turns Wilder's Little House series on its head, with her descriptions of maple sugar making, dancing, and jigging providing a counterpoint to Wilder's description of the same in Little House in the Big Woods. Don't get me wrong, Wilder's books sustained me as a child, but part of that fascination was the unspoken understanding that these people had created something unique by carving a new territory and civilization out of the American wilderness. Erdrich reminds us that much of wh [...]

    23. Chickadee is a charming chapter book for kids 8-12. It is the 4th in a series called Birchbark House about an Ojibwe family with twins--Chickadee and Makoons or Little Bear. I think twins who read it would especially understand the strong connection between these two boys, especially when one of them is kidnapped. The setting in the woodlands and later on the Great Plains is in the area of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1866. The story includes many words from the Ojibwe language; there is even a glossa [...]

    24. I read this aloud to my daughter after reading the Little House on the Prairie books. It is told from the POV of a Native American family during the same time period as the Little House books. This book follows twin boys (10 yrs old?) during a difficult and transitional time for the family. The historical setting provided opportunity for us to talk about attitudes (racism, religion, etc) and events (missionary schools, land ownership, etc) from that time period. It is book 4 in a series, so I th [...]

    25. This is my first return to Omakayas and her family since reading The Birchbark House. Erdrich is a storyteller, through and through, and even children who aren't captured by the plot should be drawn in by the rich setting and well-developed characters. The seamless integration of Ojibwe culture and details of daily life are fascinating, and the story is a good blend of action, humor, and sweetness. It's a bit of a shame that the flowery cover will put off boys. Despite the main character being a [...]

    26. I have loved reading all of the Birchbark house series, but this one was sadder than the others. I am glad I had already read Makoons to know how the story continues. I am excited for further installments!

    27. This is one of Louise Erdrich's children's books. When I was checking out at the library, it was sitting there so I grabbed it. I guess it's the fourth book in her series, which is based on 100 years of her family history and oral storytelling. When I was little, my grandma got me a book about Pathki Nana. It was a Native American story, and I liked it. This one reminded me of it. It's the story of Chickadee, a boy who is kidnapped from his parents and twin brother. He sets back to find them wit [...]

    28. I was disappointed in this historical fiction possible WAW nominee. It is the 4th book in the Birchbark House series, but that wasn't the problem. A map of the story is included at the front of the book and I tried to follow it but the story just didn't work with the map! So that bothered me as well as some conflicting info in the story. It's about twin Ojibwe boys who are separated when one of them is kidnapped. The whole family moves to the plains in their search for the missing boy as the rem [...]

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