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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Catherine felt like she was a bird trapped in a cage because there were so many things girls could not do. And it is rather intriguing to read a book set in medieval times, especially with a spunky heroine. I seriously wish I could rewind to age 14 and read it then. Paperbackpages. Retrieved karfn ” https: He marries a twelve-year-old girl who he has impregnated.

The main character was quite comical and had a very different personality than I was expecting. This book was a very fun read. Nov 16, Emily rated it liked it.

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman. 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.

Quotes from Catherine, Called Notify me of new comments via email. I read this when I was a kid and I remember really liking it. The skill of Cushman, however, is so great that mostly we learn about Birdy. One of three volumes in a series, this one looks at the life of six representative people: What is my life. Maybe it will tone down my own comments about how rough it was when I was a kid. If there were a 6-star rating, I’d give it to this book. 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.


There’s a real transitional feeling about this book; it’s a perf I have memories of seeing this book on the shelf of my grade-school library, but for some reason I never karrn around to actually reading it. I’m always a sucker for diary style fiction and this one was done especially well.

Catherine, Called Birdy

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Get married off to some oaf, that is. 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 to the village where she can help with the hay harvest and sing hey-nonny-nonny amongst the peasants.

This book makes us think of how when we are parents not to make our child do something they don’t want to do, such as get married.

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Nov 17, Leah H. Catherine, Called Birdy is like Bridget Jones’s Diary if Bridget were 14, adamantly uninterested in men, and living in the 13th century. The peasant wedding and the knight’s wedding offer two sides of life in the Middle Ages. This unusual book provides an insider’s look at the life of Birdy, 14, the daughter of a minor English nobleman. I was surprised at how much I laughed as I read this book.


Keely rated it it was ok Shelves: I’ve never biry all right hearing that in daily life, and I’m certainly not all right reading it in books. I was also rather bored and even disgusted by the mentioning of each saints’ day and why they were saints.

Tides of the Dark Crystal 3. That’s the book I want for my kids. Viking, ISBN 0 3. How has luck played a part in your life? Find some places where, if certain catherlne hadn’t happened or had happened, Birdy’s life would have turned out differently. 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.

She dies shortly after from communication from intercourse. I’m sure it would hold the attention for that age. Nancy Springer and Serena Blasco. Catherine is cushkan best.

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