Some time ago, I wrote several posts about the Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” series. My sister, Ann, had the wisdom to save that collection and hand it down to my very lucky daughter. We read them together.
I didn’t know, however, that Laura Ingalls was only slice of what’s available…
This summer, I was wandering around the children’s section of the library and I found Louise Erdrich’s “Birchbark House.”
I’m a huge fan of Erdrich’s books. How did I not know about this?
Truth be told, I checked it out for myself, not knowing if I would foist it on my daughter.
She’s into the whole horror scene, and the books I recommend tend not to be “cool.” So I read it. It was amazing, and I forgot how much I loved Erdrich’s writing. But, I kept thinking back to those happy-ish Little House books, and that scene in “Little House on the Prairie” where they watch the Indians “ride away” (wink, wink), and Laura cries because she wants an Indian baby for herself. (!!!)
I just had to show my daughter there’s another side to that part of American history. So, she read about the baby girl in the very first pages and what happens to her. (I won’t give it away. Are you crazy? You need to read this for yourself!) Then, we had a long discussion and she asked some very hard questions. And now, we’re kind of hooked…
This weekend, we’re off to find the other Birchbark books, “Game of Silence,” “The Porcupine Year,” “Chickadee,” and “Makoons.” I can’t wait to have another series to read with my kid. I can’t wait to see what happens.
If you have a favorite historical series, please share it! ~ Thanks!!