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The Midwife's Apprentice
The Midwife's Apprentice
Author: Karen Cushman
"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 apprentic...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780064406307
ISBN-10: 006440630X
Publication Date: 9/30/1996
Pages: 128
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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4 stars, based on 171 ratings
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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VERY good book. Young girl goes from being homeless and abused to a respected member of society.
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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.
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this is a book for the young and old. absolutely brill. touching, sad at times, sweet, but altogether funny! a must read!
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A wonderful look at how a begger becomes worth wial.
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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.
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A good Cushman book for those of you who like her writing.
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An interesting story. It presents a young heroine who starts out from the gutter and learns how to care for herself and others and make a place for herself in her world.

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