Catherine, Called Birdy

by Karen Cushman | Children's Books | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0064405842 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghippoleinwing of Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 3/12/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by winghippoleinwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, March 12, 2009
Karen Cushman has a long-standing interest in history. Growing tired of hearing about kings, princes, generals, and presidents, she wanted to know what life was like for ordinary young people in other times. Her research into medieval English history and culture led to the writing of Catherine, Called Birdy, her first work.

Contained in this program is Catherine's diary -- Catherine, called Little Bird or Birdy, daughter of Rollo and the lady Aislinn, sister to Thomas, Edward, and the abominable Robert.

Begun this 12th day of September in the year of Our Lord 1290...I am commanded to write an account of my days. I am bit by fleas and plagued by family...Tangled my spinning again. Corpus bones, what a torture...Spent two hours embroidering a cloth for the church and three hours picking out the stitches after my mother saw it...Picked off twenty-nine fleas today.

Catherine's mother wants to teach her the skills of the lady of the manor and to prepare her to be a gentle and patient wife. Her father wants only to see her married off, and profitably. Catherine fancies herself a painter, a Crusader, a maker of songs, a peddler, a minstrel, a monk, a wart charmer...Of all the possibilities, she has ruled out only one: being sold like cheese to the highest bidder.

Against a vivid backdrop of everyday life on a medieval English manor, Catherine's earthy, spirited account of her fourteenth year is a richly entertaining story with an utterly unforgettable heroine.

Journal Entry 2 by winghippoleinwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, March 12, 2009
The book is used to fill up the Bookring that got broken ;-)

Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Friday, March 13, 2009
Thank you so much hippolein! This book is one I'll enjoy re-reading before I pass it on.

Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Thanks for the chance to re-read this fun book (other copies on my bookshelf are here and here).

I'll offer this to dancing-dog who started the Newbery ring for this book here.

Journal Entry 5 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, March 29, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (3/30/2009 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA



dancing-dog says I don't need to send this book to her, so I'm sending it to debnance for release at the Texas Library Association conference...but if it doesn't make it there in time I hope it will find a good home somewhere in Texas.


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Journal Entry 6 by debnance from Alvin, Texas USA on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Darn! This book must have arrived while I was at the conference because it was waiting for me on my desk when I came in on Monday.

I have a good idea, however. I will save it for the big Texas Book Festival in late October. I've had a lot of luck releasing books there.

And what a fantastic read this is! A wonderful story filled with all the details of life long ago.

Journal Entry 7 by debnance at The Texas Book Festival! in Austin, Texas USA on Sunday, October 18, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (11/3/2009 UTC) at The Texas Book Festival! in Austin, Texas USA



I'll be releasing this book at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas on either Saturday or Sunday. I'll leave it on a bench located on the approach to the Capitol or near a suitable author.

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