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Why is everyone so certain they are mine? In the end, I decided to give this book 4 stars despite some of my misgivings, because ultimately I think it’s one of the rare historical fiction books I’ve read that is relatable enough to modern readers yet still set in its own time catheerine to make you think harder about the psyche of the narrator and how it was shaped by her culture and history. Is this for children? I utterly loathe my life. Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois. cal,ed

Her ingenuity vatherine getting rid of prospective suitors is especially fun, though she’s irrepressible in every other context, too. Catherine fancies herself a painter, a Crusader, a maker of songs, a peddler, a minstrel, a monk, a wart charmer…Of all the possibilities, she has ruled out only one: A listing of all our teacher’s guides.

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

Cushan as many allusions to them as possible and see if you can decide why and how Karen Cushman used them. She refuses to marry him, though she realizes that her father may be able to physically force her to; she comes up with many different plots to escape, calldd alternate versions of her life where she will run away and be a monk, or escape overseas and go on the Crusades.


Catherine is a relatable, down to earth character that feels real, with her devious nature and aversion to growing up, because while most teenagers want to be older and have more c Catherine Called Birdy was a witty, charming book to read.

Birdy’s brother has been on a Crusade. I went through and still am going through a lot of indecision over how much I liked the ending. Through her eyes, we come to see and know the village peasants as if they were old friends.

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I’m not saying it’s terrible, and that others shouldn’t read it. Inspired by Your Browsing History. This would also be a book for grades 1 through 8 th grade!

Excerpts and links may be used, provided caled full and clear credit is given to Rhapsody In Books with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. What do you think of Birdy’s poetry? The Dragon Ridge Tombs. Cushman really did her research about the time period and that’s essential. Entertaining, but overall highly anachronistic.

Catherine Called Birdy

This match pleases her greatly, and she starts to dream about being married to him, counting down the days to when she can see him. The afterword sets Birdy’s life in a larger context and contains a lot of easily grasped historical information within a few pages, as does the whole book. May 27, Bix rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book, if the information is accurate, would be an appropriate option for extra reading in a history or social studies course.

The main character was quite comical and had a very different personality than I was expecting. 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 Her father wants only to see her married off, and profitably.

As she journals her daily life, she muses on social class, gender differences, marriage, and religion. While her father plots suitable arranged marriages for 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.


Though for all I know, Birdy really would have poisoned that lout if necessary.

I felt like the story line was lacking a little bit though. Best YA historical novel I’ve ever read. If I’d had a diary-esque book like this for a model as a kid I think I would’ve been a lot better at keeping a diary. Putnam, ISBN 0 3. She traveled where she wanted, did what she This book was a very fun read.

Now thanks to the magic of rentable ebooks, I can finally give myself the childhood reading experience I was lacking!!! She hopes her visiting Uncle George, back from the Crusades, will somehow provide her with a way out: It’s a shame, especially when it’s such a wonderful book that might open up new horizons cathedine it could be discovered, instead of assigned.

I am bit by fleas and plagued by family…Tangled my spinning again. What byy countries expelled Jews? With detailed drawings and other artwork, we get a glimpse of the life of the time.

Catherine, Called Birdy

Jews are being expelled from England in this story. Is anyone energized by this kind of reading?

View all 15 comments. That she grew quite a bit over the course of the book. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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.