This is a wonderful book that our
whole family enjoyed when we read it aloud
together. Erdrich writes from the heart
about the life of her 19th century Ojibwa
ancestors. The story is told through the
eyes of 10-year-old Omakayas, who is easy to
relate to because, although her lifestyle is
very different to the way most of us live
today, she is in so many ways a typical
child of any age - enjoying snowball fights
and fishing excursions, devoted to her pet
and reluctant to do her chores, eager to be
taken seriously but a little scared of the
responsibilities that come with growing up.
This is the second in a series that Erdrich
plans to write tracing her family's history.
The first book, The...
Beyond the Book
what inspired her to write these
books, Erdrich says, "My mother
and sister did research that led
our family back to Madeline
Island. Standing on the shores
of Lake Superior, I have
wondered whether my ancestors
stood in the same place, saw the
same scene, heard the same
sounds --- the high-pitched cry
of the flicker or the white
throated sparrow's song. It was
natural to want to write about
the past, for me, and it came
from the heart."
She lives in Minnesota with her
children, who help her run a...