º Catherine, Called Birdy Õ Download by ✓ Karen Cushman
º Catherine, Called Birdy Õ Download by ✓ Karen Cushman Cushman s Newbery Honor winning book is wonderfully evocative, with its remarkably realized, feisty heroine determined to have a say in her own destiny, despite the strictures of her medieval society Hilarious, endearing, and determined, Birdy s trenchant observations of the life around her are told with a refreshingly earthy honesty so real and direct that you put down the book sadly, feeling like you re being parted from a dear friend Cushman manages to create her historical period in such intimate detail that it lives and breathes This often challenged book is highly recommended for girls 12 and up who will see themselves in Birdy and be moved and inspired by her story A must read CIP The thirteen year old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventure beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off SLJ Grade 6 9 This unusual book provides an insider s look at the life of Birdy, 14, the daughter of a minor English nobleman The year is 1290 and the vehicle for storytelling is the girl s witty, irreverent diary She looks with a clear and critical eye upon the world around her, telling of the people she knows and of the daily events in her small manor house The book is rich with information about the food, dress, religious beliefs, manners, health, medical practices, and sanitary habits or lack thereof of the people of her day A feminist far ahead of her time, she is both believable and lovable Superb historical fiction Kirkus Unwillingly keeping a journal Birdy daughter of a 13th century knight makes a terse first entry I am bit by fleas and plagued by family That is all there is to say but is soon confiding her pranks and troubles in fascinating detail The period has rarely been presented for young people with such authenticity the exotic details will intrigue readers while they relate closely to Birdy s yen for independence and her sensibilities toward the downtrodden Her tenacity and ebullient naivete are extraordinary at once comic and thought provoking, this first novel is a delight 12 They found the remains of several spindles, many skeins of wool, and an unfinished tapestry in the muck from the privy Why is everyone so certain they are mineCatherine is the best I wanted to be her best friend when I was ten, and I now want to read her adult diary than anything in the world. Corpus Bones I Utterly Loathe My Life Catherine Feels Trapped Her Father Is Determined To Marry Her Off To A Rich Man Any Rich Man, No Matter How Awful 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 Far The Oldest, Ugliest, Most Revolting Suitor Of Them All Unfortunately, He Is Also The Richest Can A Sharp Tongued, High Spirited, Clever Young Maiden With A Mind Of Her Own Actually Lose The Battle Against An Ill Mannered, Piglike Lord And An Unimaginative, Greedy Toad Of A Father Deus Not If Catherine Has Anything To Say About It Recently reread this for probably the hundredth time and continue to love Catherine entirely too much Sadly, a revisit to this book as an adult highlights, to my great despair, that I always wanted her to marry the goatherd, and that part of me has been mourning the fact that she doesn t for like than a decade What is my life Accessible for kids and obviously for adults, it felt very in the moment, like I could see and hear and live all the delights and discomforts of Catherine s time still one of the best books I ve ever read. Corpus bones, this book was terrible i hated it it was very boring and horrible. My biggest complaint about this book is how horribly she speaks of her father We listened to it on CD edition wasn t available to post but the girl who does the reading has a very common accent Combined with her sharp tongue I couldn t feel for the character She sounded like she should be cleaning out the stables instead of the daughter of a knight and a lady In fact you are always surprised when she mentions a servant. It is written in diary format which is so popular for this age group BUT her abrasive personality really makes it so you could care less about her poor plight I wonder what I would have thought if I had read it years ago before I had my own daughters I won t be able to read another book for a while I m ruined This book boasts a delightful heroine, and in spite of the wonderful medieval setting, all the angst and rebellion and other feelings I had in my own adolescence came spilling out of the pages Kids are kids, no matter when or where I loved the characters the goat boy, the dairy maid, the brothers, the uncle, the best friend , the hilarious diary entries, the main character s love of animals from ants to sad, dancing bears , and the descriptions of medieval life So fun And nerve wracking, too, with the horrible old husband to be lurking on the horizon. Now I guess I ll go find some cleaning to do, or perhaps organize my toiletries or mend a pair of tights Because I m scared the next book won t be, can t be, this enticing. Gods thumbs It was horrible and i hated it.
Entertaining, but overall highly anachronistic 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 People forget that teenagers have only existed since the middle of the last century. I wish Cushman had created a protagonist who was both engaging to the reader and able to provide illumination of how much people have changed over time That s the book I want for my kids You know, if I wasn t half convinced that I would destroy the poor things with my eccentric brand of madness Then again, I couldn t do any worse than most parents. In reality, this probably isn t a five star book, but I m giving it such a high rating because this is the book that made me love reading. 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 The rest is history One of my favorite parts of the book is when Catherine complains about her brother Robert and how he likes to drown ants by pissing on the anthill Ten year old Madeline Humor and dirty words BEST BOOK EVER
Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois She entered Stanford University on a scholarship in 1959 and graduated with degrees in Greek and English She later earned master s degrees in human behavior and museum studies.For eleven years she was an adjunct professor in the Museum Studies Department at John F Kennedy University before resigning in 1996 to write full time She lives on