Catherine, Called Birdy [Karen Cushman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good. But by wit, trickery, and luck, Catherine manages to send several would-be husbands packing. Then a shaggy-bearded suitor from the north comes to call— by. Karen Cushman’s Newbery Honor-winning book tells the story of a medieval girl who works to avoid the marriage her father has arranged for her during her.

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I found it a bit slow in some parts, and the setup of the book was different then I was used to. Sign up for our Free Newsletter. Follow me on Twitter My Tweets. I first thought about writing books set at that time after reading about the lives of children in times past.

She lives on Vashon Island, Washington with her husband, Philip. Birdy is the year old daughter of a 14th-century landowner in Merrie Olde Englande.

This often-challenged book is highly recommended for girls 12 and up who will see themselves in Birdy and be moved catheine inspired by her story. That critique has me thinking of Mackenzi Lee, author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Kafen and Virtuewho said this criticism is often leveled at her own work, mostly by men who seem to find it unthinkable that there might have been ANY non-male or non-white, or non-hetero people in history who questioned their own culture. Emily I’d say cathrrine but it does offer insight into what life was like in Medievil England.


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Nov 17, Leah H. Kaaren 27, Bix rated it it was amazing Shelves: The problem, as I’ve noted with other great books such as ‘Tuck Everlasting’ and ‘Dragonwings,’ is that the joy of finding a good book that I’m foregoing a real review, except to say that I highly recommend this provocative and personal glimpse into the middle ages.

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

Eager, excited homeschoolers could be just a click girdy. Apr 03, Devon rated it liked it. Yet another author who transplants a spunky, modern heroine into a vastly different culture without an explanation of how such a character could have developed. Catherine’s father wants her to marry an old, repulsive man whom she calls “Shaggy Beard” in her diary.

Find out more about the Crusades? Catherine finds the saints’ book in October, and something terrible happens on September 7 my birthday making it the ONLY day she doesn’t tell us which saint’s day it is!! While her father plots suitable arranged marriages hy her and her mother tries to prepare her for being a wife by teaching her manners, needlework and herbal medicine, Birdy, the ultimate tomboy, plots ways to get rid of the suitors and sneak off If there were a 6-star rating, I’d give it to this book.

Catherine, Called Birdy

It seems an interesting time, when western civilization was growing towards the Renaissance just like a child growing into adolescence. The Dark Days Deceit. No real thinking is necessary.

I first picked it up in 4th grade and started reading it for no particular reason, and I loved it so much I decided to read all of Karen Cushman’s other books as well. Oct 14, Rachel Neumeier rated it it was amazing. Jun 03, Heidi-Marie rated it it was ok Shelves: Karen Cushman has done her research and put together a marvelous novel which should be an exciting find for young readers. My favorite passage in the whole book was the entry where she wrote about nothing but ibrdy an ant get to the other side of road: This is much more challenging reading than the focus book, but equally good.


Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. It sounds interesting to me. I know I’ve read this particular standard multiple, multiple times because kids with whom I work have to. Catherine, Called Birdy discusses everything from the mundane events caller her life killing fleas, spinning and embroidery to festivals and holidays such as Easter or May Day, many of which are celebrated by the entire village to her travels in England, which are limited she goes, for example, to Lincoln with her father, or to spend a few days at Lady Aelis’ manor.


We handle all the lesson planning and grading. Retrieved 19 July Notify me of new posts via email. I wanted to be her best friend when I was ten, and I kwren want to read her adult diary more than anything in the world.