I recommend The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. While it is written for young readers, I consider it a book to be enjoyed by all ages. The central character is Omakayas, a young Ojibwe girl living during the 19th century in what is now Minnesota, but readers will come to know and love the whole family. Besides the wonderful characters, I enjoyed reading about the details of this family’s everyday life.
If you are the parent or grandparent of young children, I would especially recommend this book and its sequels. I found it especially poignant the way the author shows Omakayas’s and her siblings’ growth and development, and the particular ways that the adults in their lives love and nurture each child’s special gifts, and balance the need to give the children space to grow and explore while also providing security and protection. Enjoy the book and then share it with the young people in your life! This book would also be a great choice for a family read-aloud.
You can find this book in the Children’s Room at CALL # J FICTION ERDRICH