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The Midwife's Apprentice
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Recorded Books, Inc. 2008
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Unabridged
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Lexile measure:
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Description

Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride. Brat has no name, no home, and no shelter against the 14th-century English winter except the foul warmth of a dung heap. So when Jane the Midwife wakes her with a kick and takes the half-starved creature to her cottage, a curious relationship begins. Jane teaches Brat to gather herbs and make the poultices used to ease the pain of childbirth for the village women. The skinny young girl quickly learns to obey the sharp-tongued midwife, and secretly watches Jane practice her art whenever she can. But Jane is also teaching Brat unspoken lessons that will take longer—maybe a lifetime—to master.

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Street Date:
05/23/2008
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781449877767
Accelerated Reader:
MG
Level 6, 3 Points
Lexile measure:
1150
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APA Citation (style guide)

Karen Cushman. (2008). The Midwife's Apprentice. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Karen Cushman. 2008. The Midwife's Apprentice. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Karen Cushman, The Midwife's Apprentice. Recorded Books, Inc, 2008.

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Karen Cushman. The Midwife's Apprentice. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2008.

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      • content: Jenny Sterlin's narration of this Newbery Medal-winning story of life in the Middle Ages lacks luster and substance. Sterlin's bland vocal expression, with limited inflection or nuance, adds little to the distinctions of meaning throughout the story. Alice's feelings about being cold, hungry and alone, and the musings that lead to her discovery of confidence and courage, are treated much the same as the plot. R.M. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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        Having focused on a well-born young heroine in her Newbery Honor debut novel, Catherine, Called Birdy, Cushman returns to a similar medieval English setting, this time to imagine how the other half lived. The strengths of this new, relatively brief novel match those of its predecessor: Cushman has an almost unrivaled ability to build atmosphere, and her evocation of a medieval village, if not scholarly in its authenticity, is supremely colorful and pungent. The protagonist here first appears asleep in a heap of dung; the ``rotting and moiling'' of the refuse give forth heat enough to compensate for the stench. Homeless and nameless, she can remember no time when she did not wander from village to village. She is rescued from the dung heap by a sharp-tongued local midwife, who feeds her in exchange for work. Gradually the girl forges an identity for herself and learns some timeless truths. Some of the characterizations lack consistency (particularly that of the midwife), the plot depends on a few too many conveniences and the development of the themes seems hurried--but no matter. The force of the ambience produces more than enough momentum to propel the reader from start to finish in a single happy sitting. Ages 12-up.

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