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Makoons

By Louise Erdrich & Louise Erdrich
Makoons by Louise Erdrich & Louise Erdrich digital book - Fable

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In this award-winning sequel to Chickadee, acclaimed author Louise Erdrich continues her celebrated Birchbark House series with the story of an Ojibwe family in nineteenth-century America.

Named for the Ojibwe word for little bear, Makoons and his twin, Chickadee, have traveled with their family to the Great Plains of Dakota Territory.

There they must learn to become buffalo hunters and once again help their people make a home in a new land. But Makoons has had a vision that foretells great challenges—challenges that his family may not be able to overcome.

Based on Louise Erdrich’s own family history, this fifth book in the series features black-and-white interior illustrations, a note from the author about her research, and a map and glossary of Ojibwe terms.

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“Even though this is the least of my favorite "Birchbark" books, I still give this four stars and count it as a must read. This books suffers because the inevitable comparison to "Chickadee", which is the story of the first of Omakayas' twins. Where Chickadee dives deeply into Chickadee's story and his own personal development, this book does not go as deep into what makes Makoons who he is. And a small thing - it felt like many of the Ojibwe words were left out of the glossary, which made me a little sad, because I had used the glossary frequently in the other books to look up meanings. The beautiful elements that made the other books so lovely were still there though. The close-knit human family. A makeshift animal family consisting of a nursing horse a lamb and a buffalo calf. The intricate stories of survival (mostly based on the hunting and tracking of buffalo in this book.) This is the most recent book in the "Birchbark" series, meaning I have to wait in anticipation for more. ::sigh:: I just love this world. It is beautiful and scary and totally captivating. Such a wonderful discovery.”

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