Review: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman


Book Information:

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Clarion Books
Published in 1995
ISBN 0395692296
122 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.


4 out of 5

When Jane, the local midwife, finds a girl sleeping in a dung heap, she takes her in as her apprentice. What will happen to this homeless girl now?

The plot is very simple, but for me, it was still kind of touching. Though, I wish the author could have figured out a way to make this book a little bit longer than 122 pages. :(

Anyways, this book takes place during the medieval times, so the book tries to make you feel like you are during that time period. There is also some insight on how a midwife’s life might have been like during the medieval times, which I found very interesting to read. ;) However, most of the information I found out was towards the end of the book (the Author’s Note). :|

There are not as many details as I would have liked, but the “feeling” of the book kind of helped me overlooked the almost non-existent details. And the characters’ personalities helped the author make the emotion in this book so much better. They had a normal and real-life air to them, so it was kind of refreshing. ;)

Besides the shortness, I also kind of disappointed that nothing really happened between Will and the girl. xD I kind of was hoping that they had a spark between them, but I guess it was just me seeing that. :P Another thing I was kind of was disappointed with was the ending and how it was kind of normal, but I think the author’s message came across okay.

I finished this book in a little bit more than an hour, but I still loved it. ;)

Oh, before I end this review, there are mentions of affairs (kissing) and some other acts, but no in-depth details to them. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011


Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Karen Cushman
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing

Places to Buy From:

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