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Laddie: A True Blue Story

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Loosely based on Stratton-Porter's own childhood, Laddie is a double tale -- the classic poor-boy/rich-girl romance and the story of a child of nature and her idyllic childhood.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Indiana University Press (first published 1913)
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Jan 11, 2008 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adult and beyond
Recommended to Christina by: TJED
My favorite quote in the book:

"Had I life to live over, I see now where I could do more; but neighbor, believe me, my highest aspiration is to be a clean, thrifty housekeeper, a bountiful cook, a faithful wife, a sympathetic mother. That is life work for any woman, and to be a good woman is the greatest thing on earth."

I loved the education the children had. The constant learning that was modeled for the children by their father and mother, and the importance they placed on that learning.
I loved this book because it is the ideal life that I would love my kids to live...on a small family farm, working the land into something beautiful...the family all coming together for every life event...all the women learn everything they should learn about caring for their own home and raising children before they leave home...they all receive a superior education in addition to what they learn in school because their parents are so well educated in classic literature.... I just love everythi...more
I just reread this favorite and tried to pay attention to why I like it so much. It certainly can be a bit wordy and tedious in descriptions at points, unless you Really relate to the descriptions of nature and surrounding. Which I usually do I guess. It can also be rather glorified and idealistic when describing some of the characters. But overall I think I just really admire how the family lives life. I think they live each moment to the fullest, putting their whole hearts into it. They cry wh...more
Jan 17, 2008 Jeanine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Families who value good character
Recommended to Jeanine by: Oliver Demille
I really love the natural education of little sister. I love how she has so many poems of the McGuffey readers memorized.

I love how well trained the characters of little sisters family are. I cant get over this remark by mother"with all of our twelve never has there been one who and nine months of age did not stop crying if it's father lifted his finger, or tapped his foot and told it to."

Mother speaks about educating her children to Mr. Pryor "From the start we have rigorously guarded our speec...more
Laddie is one of my all time favorite books. It is written from Little Sister's point of view and with a strong Methodist background.

It gave my family so much to discuss. Some of my favorite lessons were how Laddie treated the situation between Little Sister and the school teacher. Even though Little Sister was right, she shouldn't have reacted the way she did. We LOVED how Laddie cared for Little Sister and because of his love, she would do anything he asked of her. Great lesson for our family...more
Rob Cannon
This is the delightful story of a loving family narrated from the perspective of the "Little Sister." The story was published in 1913 and probably takes place in the mid to late 1800's. We get to appreciate Little Sister's love of the land, the birds, her family and particularly her love and devotion to her oldest brother and hero, Laddie.

While we enjoy seeing how a loving family associates, disciplines, and cares for one another with a love and belief of God and the Savior, we also see some co...more
I finally "GET" what all the fuss is about (among my fellow home educators group) regarding this book. To quote a fellow homeschooling mom - this book has given me a higher vision for me and my family. Its absolutely FABULOUS and its a classic through and through... AND one that I will have to purchase for our own library....

Just got this through an interlibrary loan (which means I can't renew it) - which means Anna Karenina goes on the back burner while I read Laddie!
I usually don't re-read books, but I first read Laddie years ago, and it was the selection for my book group. I must say I enjoyed it a lot more this time. It's true that the first time you read the book, mainly you are interested in the plot. The second time, you can enjoy the characters more and any foreshadowing is more meaningful.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is an uplifting book.
I love the way porter writes. Not only did i learn a great deal about home life and marriage and other family values from this book, but I also was entranced by her writing. It makes me want to be little again and live on a farm. I liked the little details she illustrated so beautifully and so well through the eyes of a child; just as a child would see them. I loved this part found on page 317- I loved the soft warm dust, that was working up on the road. Spat! Spat! I brought down my bare feet,...more
One of the main reasons I really liked this book was because of the family life the Stantons in this book led. All of them were very close to one another and Mr. and Mrs. Stanton genuinely loved their children. Every meal time the dad talked to his children about all matters of life, such as politics and theology. It was neat how they really trusted God and had a passionate love for Him even when they had rough times. He also educated them very well(though they did attend a one room school house...more
As my mother predicted... I loved this book. It left me thinking that perhaps I was born about 150 years too late. The idea of living off the land, surrounded by nature appeals to me. But what I loved the most is the wonderful characters. Laddie, the most honest, faithful, compassionate man who ever lived, the mother, who has so much wisdom about the world, human nature and her children that she is adored and respected by all and of course "Little Sister" who at her young age knows more about Go...more
Bev Hankins
Laddie: A True Blue Story by Gene Stratton-Porter is a lot like my mystery favorite The Mystery of Hunting's End. No, it's not a crime novel. But I have loved this book for a very long time for a lot of reasons. Like Hunting's End, it came in a box of books from my Grandma. It's a first edition--but it's a well-loved, well-used first edition. The spine covering was none too firm when it arrived and it fell off altogether before I'd managed to read it the first time. I taped up the binding to kee...more

I haven't read a book that touched me this deeply in many years. I laughed and cried throughout the book. I looked forward to each moment I had a chance to read it. I had a hard time getting started with it, but I'm glad I kept going back. I tell my kids sometimes you have to take several bites of the "apple" to get to the good, juicy parts and this book started like that for me.

I loved the wisdom shared throughout the book. The children received the perfect education and it made me that much...more
I just re-read Laddie, and loved it again. It's not often that you find books with strong, heroic characters, but that's how Gene Stratton-Porter writes.

Little Sister was child #12 in her family and it seemed at first that everybody was tired of babies except her big brother Laddie. He watched over and loved her and took care of her. They lived on a big beautiful farm in Indiana and the love of the land really comes through every page.

But 12 isn't too many children, and Mother and Father are st...more
I really enjoyed this book, although I kept waiting for Laddie to die. I figured since he was so wonderful he had to die. But he didn't. I'm glad.

This was an interesting story in and of itself, but I particularly loved the glimpses of how the parents educated their children in various areas - religion, housework, farming, geography, etc. I loved the routines and ideas. I enjoyed her thoughts that children learn about nature by being in nature, about geography by visiting lakes and mountains and...more
I've read this book a number of times since I first received an old copy from my grandfather. It is such a sweet story of love between an older brother and a little sister (the narrator) in a large family of siblings. It also shows the romance blossoming between said favorite older brother and his girl. So it's also a great romance. I love Gene Stratton-Porter's books for the reason that they too were written around the same time period as the Great Depression, but they aren't as depressing as b...more
I loved this book, and it's free on the kindle!

I liked it way better than A Girl of the Limberlost by the same author. It was written in 1913 and so has a rather melodramatic style of writing that takes a little getting used to, but a few chapters in I was hooked.

It's written from the perspective of a precocious young girl, and some of the things she says, and the scrapes she gets into are hilarious. She's the youngest in a family with 12 children. There are stories of the courtships of her old...more
What I have learned... How to be a good mom. The importance of a good education. The importance of a happy home kids want to come and stay. Georgic approach to living with the land and community. What kind of man I should have married and how to help my daughters choose more wisely. Appreciation for life, nature, critters, and especially family. Nice to know this is based on the authors own life and only Mrs.Freshit (the black neighbor) was a fictional addition.
This was a sweet, innocent, tender, quaint story. About that latter adjective: "Quaint" these days sometimes seems to be a synonym for "outdated" or at least "old-fashioned." Old-fashioned this story certainly is, but the values inherent to the story are, I hope, never out-of-date.

Quite naturally, you assume the story will be all about Laddie, the title character. If ever there was a paragon of human virtues, Laddie is it. Instead, though, the story unfolds through 'Little Sister,' the one who b...more
Loved this book! The family relationships are so wonderful. The value of education and work in the family in this story is fabulous. The love "Little Sister" has for her big brother is beautiful. The mom of the family of 12 kids amazes me. What a great story...
Dec 11, 2007 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody
this book is one of my favorites and perfect for reading to children. its about family, love, growing up, the importance of living a life of happiness doing what you love and the roles of men and women.
absolutely fabulous. I read this for my homeschool mother's book group. We are now listening to it in the car as a family.
Laddie; a true blue story is by Hoosier author Gene Stratton Porter. It was written in the early 1900s and is set in (I’d guess) the 1870s, and it’s truly a product of its time period: the characters are outspokenly Christian and wholesome. “Laddie” is the oldest of the 10 children of the Stantons, the family whose life is detailed in the book. “Laddie” will remind you of the good ol’ days, when people were apparently so much more accomplished than the typical today (a spelling bee has Laddie an...more
It is one of my favorite books ever!!!! I've read it like, 5 times.
Probably 4.5 stars. What a sweet little story. Its told from the POV of a child who is the youngest of 12 children. She is probably one of my favorite characters ever written. I couldn't help but imagining my spunky niece autumn as this character in my mind. I love how she has her own little pretend sermons out among the trees and she acts out all the people at church. I love how she is so determined to make people happy, even though she often gets in predicaments to do so. I love how she views...more
What a terrific book! Wholesome and uplifting, with characters bigger than life, which I think is the author's trademark. Having read four of her novels, I am completely taken with the scope of Porter's knowledge and her unique writing style. The story is told through the eyes of "Little Sister" the youngest of 12 children in a pioneer family, sometime after the Civil War. Little-Sister has great spunk, audacity and insight. The parents had married in Pennsylvania, eked out a living in Ohio amon...more
I am fan of Gene Stratton Porter. Unlike Freckles which had my attention right away, Laddie took quite a bit of effort for me to connect with in the first 30% of the book. In fact, had this book not come so highly recommended by so many readers I deeply respect, I might never have persevered through what I considered to be an overly drawn out and boring text. Once I read the bit about the underground station, I thought that I smelled promise. By the end of Sally's wedding, I knew that this was g...more
Nearly a year after my mother recommended it, I finally picked up "Laddie" after reading both of Stratton-Porter's "Limberlost" tales as well as Michael O'Halloran. It is by far my favorite of the four, and I've given it one of my rare 5-star ratings.

Set not long after the Civil War, the narrator's family owns a large, successful farm in Indiana. "Little Sister" (I don't recall that her actual name is ever given!) is the youngest by far of 12. Her favorite brother is the eponymous Laddie, who i...more
First things first, I admit it took all of us a while to get into the story. I'm not one to quit a book, especially one so highly recommended, but I was trying to think of ways to help us through it, or stop for a while and go back. I'm very glad we kept on.

I think our difficulties came from not connecting with the characters right off. I would also get bogged down by the prose while I was reading it to the kids. Doesn't flow as easily as it could.

BUT - all of that is nothing compared to what ca...more
Mar 10, 2008 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Debbie by: Jessica
This book is one of the best I have read in years! It makes me want to pick up my family and go find a farm in the middle of nowhere. It makes me want to live each day as if I am a good wife, a good mother and a good woman then lie is as successful as it can get. I want to show and receive respect from my children as in the book. The mother is a strong example of the power women have being at home and taking care of her family. We home school our kids and the following line caught my eye and tou...more
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She was an American author, amateur naturalist, wildlife photographer, and one of the earliest women to form a movie studio and production company. She wrote some of the best selling novels and well-received columns in magazines of the day.

Born Geneva Grace Stratton in Wabash County, Indiana, she married Charles D. Porter in 1886, and they had one daughter, Jeannette.

She became a wildlife photogra...more
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