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Catherine Called Birdy

Karen Cushman

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Description:

Karen Cushman's Newbery Honor-winning book tells the story of a medieval girl who works to avoid the marriage her father has arranged for her during her 14th year. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kate Maberly

Length:

3h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:11


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:37