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  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • The Midwife's Apprentice
  • Karen Cushman
  • English
  • 13 June 2017
  • 9780064406307

The Midwife's Apprentice[Read] ➲ The Midwife's Apprentice ➮ Karen Cushman – Essayreview.co.uk 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 a 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 sharptempered Jane deliver babies, Bratwho renames herself Alycegains knowledge, The Midwife's eBook × confidence, and the courage to want something from life: A full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world Medieval village life makes a lively backdrop for the funny, poignant story of how Alyce gets what she wants A concluding note discusses midwifery past and present A Newbery Medal book.

10 thoughts on “The Midwife's Apprentice

  1. says:

    I thought this children's book looked interesting, but it turned out to be crude, abrasive, and creepy. I was especially disappointed in the content, which seemed much too advanced for its intended audience.

    This book was found in my library's children's section, which is specifically meant for children under thirteen years of age.

    Content: devils and demons, witches, evil, transgenderism, marital affair, a couple of teenagers caught having sex, magic, superstition, child abuse, verbal abuse, profanity, breastfeeding, expletives

    I cannot recommend this book to anyone, let alone the audience for which it was written.

  2. says:

    I read Catherine Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor Book, about ten years ago, and while it was interesting it wasn’t quite captivating enough for me to want to read anything else by Karen Cushman. Still, when The Midwife’s Apprentice showed up on Paperback Swap, I figured I’d give it a try.

    A Newbery Medal book, The Midwife’s Apprentice tells the story of a girl with no home, no parents, and no name. One frosty night, she find warmth sleeping in a dung heap. The next morning, Jane Sharp, the village midwife, discovers the girl, who becomes the midwife’s apprentice. The girl works long, and hard, beyond the point of survival to a place where she thinks and learns and ponders and chooses a name for herself. Her only friend is Purr, a cat she rescues from being drowned by the same boys who torment the girl apprentice. Eventually, she is challenged to deliver a baby in the midwife’s absence, and her future begins to both unroll and unravel.

    Karen Cushman has graduate degrees in Human Behavior and Msum Studies. She has a long-standing interest in history. She says, I grew tired of hearing about kings, princes, generals, and presidents. I wanted to know what life was like for ordinary young people in other times.

    This book showed off Cushman’s strengths to their full advantage. Her writing is sure-handed, with lots of showing and not too much telling. She fully brings the reader into a medieval village without overusing words and explanations. The story of The Midwife's Apprentice incorporates realism without fatalism, spirit without warrior-heroics, and a truly empowered character whom readers will love.

  3. says:

    The midwife finds Brat asleep in a dung heap. She says she will work for food, so the midwife takes her on, having her do the housekeeping and herb-gathering and renames Brat, Beetle. Beetle is not allowed to assist when the midwife delivers a baby, but she watches from the windows and learns the midwife’s skills.

    One day, she gets to go to the fair to buy things for the midwife. There, she decides that she needs a real name, a proper name, and starts calling herself Alyce. One day, in the middle of a difficult birth, the midwife gets called away and leaves Alyce in charge. No one expected the baby to be delivered alive, but Alyce talks the mother through the process and the baby survives.

    After that, people start coming to Alyce more than the midwife, but when Alyce needs to call the midwife for help during a difficult birth, she sees herself as a failure and runs away, leaving the life she had built for herself.

    This is a great book for an older child about making your place in the world. It's a Newberry winner and Cushman's attention to historical detail is superb. It's a short, little book, but it's meaty and packs a lot of punch.

  4. says:

    I really liked Karen Cushman's books as a kid, and I think one of the big reasons for this (aside from the fact that, although two of her books take place in the Middle Ages, neither protagonist is a princess! *gasp*), is that she never sugar-coats the history. Take The Midwife's Apprentice, which is about a homeless, nameless orphan girl who gets a job as...guess. No, go on, guess.
    Delivering babies in the Middle Ages was not only life-threatening and painful, it was gross. I remember reading this as an impressionable eleven-year-old and deciding that hospitals were pretty much the greatest things ever. And painkillers. And competent doctors who don't rely on the powah of Jesus to help a mother deliver her baby in a time when having a Caesarian guaranteed a slow, painful death. One particularly shocking thing to me was the midwife's method of coaxing a baby out of the womb: she would stick her head between the mother's legs and bellow into the birth canal, Child, come forth! Christ calls you to the light!

    Did I mention how awesome hospitals are?

  5. says:

    There will always be a part of me that wishes I was a midwife, so I totally loved this book. The kids did, too, although I am not sure any one of them aspires to midwifery.

    The midwife herself is a bully, but Karen Cushman provided just enough detail about her so that the kids and I could not completely despise her. For example, the midwife herself gave birth numerous times, but her babies all died. The midwife also, in spite of being coarse and arrogant, is wise, and she mentions as-a-matter-of-factly that a midwife will never walk out on the job.

    I had never thought about a midwife walking out on the job before, probably because it never happens. I have, however, witnessed doctors get so frustrated with patients that they walk out of the room. In fact, when I was giving birth to Fern, the doctor got so fed up with me for not wanting to speed up the labor, he actually walked out in a huff. A few minutes later, a midwife appeared.

    Her name was Vicki and she was chewing gum. She took one look at me and said, Open your doors, Constance. After she checked me, she said, I think you'll be more comfortable if you get on all fours. I was and five minutes later, Fern was born. Thank you, gum chewing midwife named Vicki!

    My point is this: Vicki's coarseness with me combined with her corny Open your doors, Constance command was exactly what was needed to get Fern out. No drugs involved. One of the tactics the midwife in Cushman's novel used was shouting the following into the birth canal:

    Child come out! The light of Christ compels you!

    I must admit I kind of like that!

    Midwifes are a huge asset to the health community and I wonder why there isn't a midwife for every field of health.

    This book is supposed to be about Alyce, the midwife's apprentice, but I spent more time concentrating on why the midwife and all the adults were so coarse and so ridiculously over-prepared for everything. I am naturally opposed to coarse behavior and over-preparing, so this book helped me understand why others are different. It also motivated me to tighten up a couple of my personal policies.

    I was happy when Alyce was recognized for her talent and I loved all of the birth stories (including the animals) as well as the medicinal and folk lore. We all especially loved the message about not quitting. My kids loved it and Jesse did, too, when he was home to listen. In other words, I recommend this book to everyone.

    Signed,
    Don't Chew Gum at Work!

  6. says:

    There are few books that I come across, pick up, and just check out of the library on mere whim. There are even fewer books that I start over the minute I finish them.
    The Midwife's Apprentice is one of these precious few.
    It has no plot twits, mysteries, sexy vampires, gothic mansions, or pomp or circumstance. Its just a simple coming of age story about one of the sweetest, quietest, and purest characters to ever touch your soul.
    Its a short simple story, but its simplicity makes it so strong and powerful. Its characters a rich and believable, its setting is described enough to where we get a general picture but can still imagine the rest for ourselves, and the story is so sweet and clear. I highly recommend it. It makes for great light reading and is an escape from all the heavy gothic and vampire romance out today.
    its awesome and so wonderful. read it. Read it now!

  7. says:

    A lot of historical research must have gone into this book, very well done. I'm amazed at both how much and how little people of this era new about pregnancy and childbirth.
    While the cover of this book seems to be geared toward children, I would NOT hand this over to a child who does not already know about childbirth and pregnancy in detail. Even then, it would be wise to go over the book when they're done so they don't end up with bizarre and inaccurate ideas about having babies. Cushman is accurate in writing in the perspective of a midwife's apprentice in this time period - and in this time period they got plenty of things wrong.

  8. says:

    Summary:
    Orphaned since as long as she can remember, Beetle becomes employed by the cold village midwife. And while her payment is meager, Beetle eventually gains confidence in herself and her abilities through her work.
    Strengths:
    While it uses the language of the time, the book is surprisingly accessible -- no doubt helped by its short length (my edition was barely over 100 pages). Despite being from a different era, Beetle's plight still can be relatable; she's someone who has believed all the nasty and mean things people have said and done to her. And the fact that she eventually overcomes this treatment and finds herself makes her a good heroine and role model for readers.

  9. says:

    Saw this book listed on the audio list for the public library. Not necessarily a child's book, but closer to a young teen. Or for an old lady like me!
    Enjoying it as MY cat is curled up beside me. Interesting perspective of a homeless, poor girl who has never known her roots. She usually goes hungry. Sleeps burrowed into the warmth of a dung heap (if lucky to find one). At this point in the story (Chapter 7) her struggles are continuing, but she has been given some hope-chores for the mid-wife in return for scraps of bread or cheese. Which bless her, she's sharing with a stray cat that is hovering around, and has given her someone to talk to.
    Ok. Back to the story...
    Good little book. At first I didn't like the way (Alice as she named herself), kept putting herself down by repeatedly saying she was too stupid, but her thinking thankfully changed. By the book's end she had learned so much about herself and was selflessly aiding others. Her strengths and convictions surfaced, and she finally knew what she wanted to do with her life.

  10. says:

    Basic Plot: A homeless girl in medieval England finds her place in the world and her purpose.

    The situation of the poor girl at the beginning of the book about tore my heart out. Homeless children are a particularly hard thing for a parent to bear. This story was simple, but the meaning of it is what is really important. Alyce (the name she chooses for herself, as she had none at the beginning) really has nothing, not even pride, at the beginning of the story. She is abused by everyone around her because of her situation, until the local midwife offers her food in exchange for work. She becomes the midwife's apprentice and endures. Now, as I said, it's the message that's important. The only reason Alyce survives is because she KEEPS TRYING. In spite of her terrible situation she never gives up and she always keeps going. The midwife says she needs someone who can do what I tell her, take what I give her, who can try and risk and fail and try again and not give up. So much in life depends on sheer, stubborn persistence that this is a vital lesson for anyone to learn. That this book teaches it to young people is valuable.

    I highly recommend it for any child of this age struggling with the idea of trying and failing. Failure is how we learn, so it's something we all must experience. It isn't fun, but it's very important. We have to remember that most of the time we can fix our mistakes and keep going, but not if we let ourselves get shut down by our failures.

    A vital lesson.

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