The midwifes apprentice

In every village there were boys, teasing, taunting, pinching,kicking. The comb was hers. Soon, Beetle befriends a stray cat that she rescues from the inhumane treatment of the village boys. She did not, and sufferedtheir pinching and poking and spitting in silence, lest her resistance inspirethem to greater torments.

They are hiring boys to help with the threshing. The boy was The midwifes apprentice down the road towards her, pursued by several muchbigger boys shouting and threatening with their pitchforks and rakes. The cat, not finding that apples were good to eat, batted the smallones across the yard, imagining they had ears and tails and other parts thatmade things worth chasing.

Sometimes she left bits of her bread or cheese near the fence post by theriver where she first saw him, but not very often, for the midwife wasgenerous only with the work she gave Beetle and stingy with rewards, andthe girl was never overfed.

But the baby would notcome, as if he were holding tight to his mother, reluctant to be separate andalone, and Alyce, although able to ease a willing baby into the world, had noidea how to encourage a reluctant one.

She haddelivered that baby with work and skill, not magic spells, and Alyce shouldhave been able to do it but could not. So Brat, newly christened Beetle, got up, and the sharp lady found somework for her to do and rewarded her with dry bread and half a mug of sourale, which tasted so sweet to the girl that she slept in the dung heap anothernight, hoping for more work and more bread on the morrow.

The boy jerked his head towards Alyce. As forenoon gave way to midday, Beetle wandered the fairgrounds. To a young girl who is just beginning to find her way in life, the small victories are worth the battles she faces.

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Beetle leaned over the horse troughand examined her hair in the still water. Magister Reese, it was said,was a renowned scholar. Nothing in the cave in the dungheap but her bit of raggedy dress and a few threads from the sack, which hemust have carefully combed from his fur before setting forth into the night.

Brat hated the hunger most. I wanted toknow what life was like for ordinary people in other times.


Beetle crept farther out on her branch. Beetle was too excited to eat along the way, so she gave her bread andonion to a hungry goat that then followed her near all the way to Gobnet.

She laughed at the puppets, wondered at the soothsayers, applaudedthe singers, and cheered for the racing horses. The novel begins with a young girl, known only as Brat, sleeping in a dung heap.THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE Karen Cushman WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, and is now Assistant Director of the Museum Studies Department at John E Kennedy University in San.

In The Midwife's Apprentice Cushman presents life at the bottom of the feudal ladder in Medieval times. Birdy was the daughter of a minor baron and, through her, we had glimpses of the life of the higher classes of the 13th century.

The Midwife's Apprentice is a children's novel by Karen Cushman.

The Midwife's Apprentice

It tells of how a homeless girl becomes a midwife's apprentice—and establishes a name and a place in the world, and learns to hope and overcome Karen Cushman.

THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE Karen Cushman WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, and is now Assistant Director of theMuseum Studies Department at John E Kennedy University in SanFrancisco. The Midwife's Apprentice is extremely factual as a historical fiction!

I am thankful to my daughter's teacher for selecting such an insightful book. Many life lessons woven so beautifully between visual detail and knowledge of past and present!/5(). The Midwife's Apprentice is a fun filled story with humor.

This is an action filled book that makes the reader want to keep reading. I liked this book because it made me think and it's really a good book with character for children/5(98).

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