Makoons

by Louise Erdrich Book 5 of the Birchbark House Series

The latest installment of Erdrich’s Birchbark House saga focuses on Makoons,... read more

The latest installment of Erdrich’s Birchbark House saga focuses on Makoons, the twin brother of Chickadee, who was the central character in the previous volume. The boys and their extended family have moved to the Dakota Territory where they have to adapt to a new land and new ways. The twins, for example, are learning the necessary skills to become buffalo hunters. There is plenty of detail here about their daily lives and the interpersonal interactions, which are often amusing, but there is also an overriding sense of foreboding, as Makoons has had a vision that tells him of difficult times ahead for his family. As with the five earlier books based on the history of Erdrich’s own Ojibwe family, the story is eloquently written and culturally authentic as it centers on the day-to-day activities of both children and adults at work and at play. (Ages 7–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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