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The Midwife's Apprentice (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
The Midwife's Apprentice - Audio Cassette - Unabridged Author:Karen Cushman, Jenny Sterlin (Narrator) “I am Alyce. Not Brat or Dung Beetle or Beetle. Alyce.” — One frosty evening, a girl who knows no home, no parents, and no name but Brat finds shelter and warmth in a farmer's dung heap. There Jane the village midwife finds her. So it is that Brat -- now called Beetle by her new mistress -- begins her career as a midwife's app... more »rentice.
It’s not a soft life. Jane is a hard woman with a sharp glance and a sharper temper. Still, Beetle makes a place for herself, adopting a cat and befriending one of the village boys. By secretly watching Jane work, she learns some of the skills the midwife greedily tries to hide. Beetle even gives herself a real name at last: Alyce.
Then one day she fails at an important assignment. Alyce runs away, believing she is too stupid to be of use to anyone. Is she truly Brat, a know-nothing who belongs nowhere? Or is she Alyce, the midwife's apprentice, a person with a name and a place in the world?
Angela R. reviewed The Midwife's Apprentice (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 4
This is a charming story about a girl who learns how to choose her own path in life. Beetle, who has no family and cannot remember her name, realizes that she can be Alyce, a confident woman and sensitive person.
Julie N. (Juloyes) reviewed The Midwife's Apprentice (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 1
This is dealing with a MIDWIFE'S apprentice, so there were just a couple descriptions that I would not have been ready for my 8 year old to read, even though we were studying medieval history in our homeschool. I'm very thankful I read it first. I might recommend this to an older, more mature child but not a little kid. Seems like you sometimes can't trust the Newbery Award to be without questionable materials so I've learned to use discretion and read the books first. We're much more sensitive in our home about sexuality in books, movies, and TV than maybe most people are, I guess. It was still well written and I enjoyed the setting of the middle ages.