Caddie Woodlawn (Caddie Woodlawn #1)
Caddie Woodlawn, which has been captivating young readers since 1935, was awarded the John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Now it is in a brand-new edition with lively illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman. In her new foreword, Carol Ryrie Brink lovingly recalls the real Caddie, who was her grandmother, and tells how...more
I cried more than a few times while reading: a dog is lost, a reformed bully saves the day, the family makes a great sacrifice for the happiness of Father Woodlawn. Each time, my little reading friend would turn around and smile at me and wipe away my tears. I tend to cry freely when I read an...more
This chapter is Mark Twain hilarious mixed with Flannery O'Connor morbid.
In this chapter the eldest boy tells a story he's made up to amuse his younger siblings while they do chores. The story starts with a farmer accidentally killing his wife then tricking passer-byer that he'd in fact killed the farmers wife by punching her and her subsequent falling into a near by lake and drowning. HA-HA-HA! right? seriously it gets more absurd and hila...more
I did like it, though I know I would have liked it a lot more if I hadn't already read so many similar, better books (i.e. Little House). But I can appreciate how rare it was to find interesting, funny books about real children at the time this was written. Still, I'm sort of surprised that so many of you love this so much.
Hard to believe it's by the same author as...more
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
"She loved both spring and fall. At the turning of the year things seemed to stir in her that were lost sight of in the commonplace stretches of winter a...more
One day when my Bobe had first moved to Minnesota (sometime in the late '50s) and she was trying to be a dutiful faculty w...more
My favorite quote:
“It’s a strange thing, but somehow we expect more of girls than boys. It is the sisters and wives and mothers, you know, Caddie, who keep the world beautiful. What a rough world it would be if there were only men and boys in it, doing things in their rough way! A woman’s task is to teach gentleness and courtesy and love and kindness. It’s a big task, too, Caddie-harder than cutti...more
If you’ve read and loved the “Little House” book series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, you’ll love the book Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. This enchanted book follows the tales and adventures of tomboy Caddie Woodlawn, much like Laura Wilder. Each chapter is a new adventure, a new way for Caddie to get into trouble.
Caddie is a pioneer girl born and raised in Wisconsin during the 1860s. She was a nuisance to her mother and older sister, Clara. But she was the apple of her Fat...more
I liked Caddie Woodlawn. Yes, it did remind me a little of the Little House books - I loved those VERY much and still have the first edition of Little House in the Big Woods. I thought the writing was adequate and the details/adventures of the children creative. I also wondered how much was really fiction and...more
Sweet, upbeat (yet sexist!) historical fiction about the irrepressible Caddie Woodlawn. Each chapter in the book chronicles an "everyday adventure," following Caddie through a year of her life. A common thread throughout the book is Caddie's struggle with the conflict between wa...more
Caddie is a spunky eleven-year-old who has been allowed to spend her days running wild with two of her brothers in the woods of western Wisconsin in the 1860s. There are sev...more
Caddie is 11 years old, and she is a tomboy who feels more comfortable roughhousing with her brothers (Tom, age 13 and Warren, age 9) than cooking and sewing with her sisters. Interestingly, the adventurous children in the Woodlawn family were the red-headed ones, and the dark-haired ones were more proper. The family moved from Boston to Wisconsin, and b...more
Caddie, an 11 year old in 1864 Wisconsin, lives the life of a tomboy with her two brothers, Tom and Warren. Her parents are divided about whether this is a good thing or not; her mother would like to educate C...more
"It's a strange thing, but somehow we expect more of girls than of boys. It is the sisters and wives and mothers, you know, Caddie, who keep the world sweet and beautiful...I don't want you to be the silly, affected person with fine clothes and manners whom folks sometimes call a lady. No, that is not what I want for you, my little girl. I want you to be a...more
Brink was orphaned by age 8 and raised by her maternal grandmother, the model for Caddie Woodlawn. She started writing for her school newspapers and continued that in college. She attended the University of Idaho for three years before transferring to the University of Cal...more