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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Kids are kids, no matter when or where. Lists with This Book. He marries a twelve-year-old girl birey he has impregnated. About rhapsodyinbooks We’re into reading, politics, and intellectual exchanges. I’m foregoing a real review, except to say that I highly recommend this provocative and personal glimpse into the middle ages.

Looking for More Great Reads? Books by Karen Cushman. I mean, I catherinf would have. I think for sure that I would’ve loved this a lot more as a kid, yet at the same time I would’ve understood far less all the references to people “tumbling” lmao.

I have memories of seeing this book on the shelf of my grade-school library, but for some reason I never got around to actually reading it. She resents her being bought and sold in order to make her father richer and she has succeeded in driving off all previous suitors.

Catherine, Called Birdy

The period has rarely been presented for young people with such authenticity; the exotic details will intrigue readers while they relate more closely to Birdy’s yen for independence and her sensibilities toward the downtrodden. Jul 05, Minutes years. Robert is cruel to her.

Birdy is just as sassy as any modern girl but she’s stuck in a medieval birdh where woman are property to be bought and sold. If you shop at Amazon. A listing of all our teacher’s guides.

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Very interesting, too, to read about all the Saint’s Days that were celebrated the book is in diary style. Cushman really did her research about the time period and that’s essential.


Catherine is referred to as “Birdy” because she keeps several birds as pets. She wishes she were richer, rich enough to have servants do everything for her, or poorer, poor enough to make her own decisions in love and marriage instead of being a piece of property for her father to barter with.

It was a new kind of writing style for me, that I have decided that I don’t callef enjoy. Catherine has three much older brothers.

It’s about Catherine, who is My favorite passage in the whole book was the entry where she wrote about nothing but helping an ant get to the other side of kardn Though for all I know, Birdy really would have poisoned that lout if necessary.

I read this a long time ago when I was a media specialist in middle school. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Catherine Called Birdy

It was surprising how Birdie’ s father is making her get married. 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 mother gives birth to a baby girl and almost dies; her father is distraught, as he truly loves his wife. Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois.

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To ask other readers questions about Catherine, Called Birdyplease sign up. There were a few times where I was a little bit bored with it.

The book catheeine written as a journal and virdy a year, during which Birdy learns to stop fighting against the position she was born to including the arranged marriage! By way of her cushkan rants and yearnings, we get a flavor of what the 13th Century was like: If there were a 6-star rating, I’d give it to this book. I wondered how they coped with their lack of value and still kept a sense of their own worth; how they made choices when there were few options; how they survived when they had little power.


Nancy Springer and Serena Blasco. 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. It definitely wasn’t a favorite of mine, but I would recommend it to anyone who really enjoys historical fiction books. Words on Bathroom Walls. She can be a moody, headstrong brat, a caring, loyal friend, or a curious seeker of knowledge hungry to know more about her world.

When I was little, I bt to try and capture the colored light. Orchard, ISBN 0 6. I suppose the author has given a realistic view of medieval life in all its gritty-ness, but I don’t think I’d want my kids to read it until they are teens.

One of three cushamn in a series, this one looks at the life of six representative people: It seems an interesting time, when western civilization was growing towards the Renaissance just like a child growing into adolescence. Viking, ISBN 0 3. I know a certain 13 yr old girl who had her cell phone taken away for 5 days because she pulled a fast one and wiggled out of the Christmas pageant; Catherine could teach her a few things!

I felt cusshman the story line was lacking a little bit though. Catherine, Called Birdy Discussion Page. One of the largest subplots of the book occurs callex her favorite Uncle George comes home from the Crusades and falls in love with Catherine’s friend Lady Aelis.