About The Midwife’s Apprentice
“…How Brat comes to terms with her failure and returns to Jane’s home as a true apprentice is a gripping story about a time, place, and society that 20th-century readers can hardly fathom.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“The Midwife’s Apprentice” is a children’s novel crafted by Karen Cushman, arriving in 1995 and clinching the esteemed Newbery Medal, a prestigious accolade recognizing exceptional contributions to American children’s literature. The narrative is situated in medieval England, immersing readers in the odyssey of a young girl named Brat, who faces the harsh reality of being orphaned and left to fend for herself.
Brat is branded a “stinking gutter rat,” adrift in a world devoid of home, family, or identity. Her fortune takes a turn when she finds refuge with a midwife, who offers shelter and sustenance in exchange for her labor. The midwife, an initially gruff and impatient figure, regards Brat with disdain and assigns her the most menial of chores. However, as Brat delves into the world of midwifery, assisting in the birthing of babies, she blossoms, gaining confidence, self-esteem, and a profound sense of purpose.
In her journey, Brat forges connections with other women in the village, who impart lessons on camaraderie, empathy, and the intrinsic value of diligence. As she matures and evolves, Brat garners respect from both the midwife and the community, eventually discovering her rightful place in the world. “The Midwife’s Apprentice” stands as an exquisitely written, heartening narrative, lauding the transformative potential of education and the indomitable human spirit. This book is indispensable for enthusiasts of historical fiction and for those seeking an uplifting and empowering literary experience.
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