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The Midwife's Apprentice
The Midwife's Apprentice
Author: Karen Cushman
From the author of "Catherine, Called Birdy" comes another spellbinding novel set in medieval England. The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. As she helps the sharp-tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat-who renames herself Alyce-gains knowledge, confidence, and ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780395692295
ISBN-10: 0395692296
Pages: 128
Reading Level: Young Adult
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3.9 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Clarion Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, 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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This is an educational read about midwives and courage. A poor young girl is found in a dung heap and taken in by a midwife. She does not remember who she is or where she came from. The midwife takes her on as an apprentice. The girl believes that she is no one and has no worth. As this short novel proceeds she learns a great deal about herself and how important it is to try and try again. Do not let failure defeat you. The author discusses midwifery in her notes at the end of the book. Very nice children's read.

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