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Little House in Brookfield (Little House: The Caroline Years #1)

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Spirit of the Western Frontier: Meet Caroline Quiner, the little girl who would grow up to be Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother.



Little House in Brookfield marks the launch of an on-going series about the adventures of Caroline Quiner, who would grow up to be Ma Ingalls in the Little House books. Written in the classic tradition of the Little House and the Rocky Ridge books, an
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Paperback, 298 pages
Published April 12th 1996 by Harpercoll
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Naomi Sarah
Awww. Dear Caroline. I do like this book - and I remember LOVING it as a child. Really, Caroline was the first heroine I fully related to; and I remember being THRILLED when I read this book first - to find such a kindred spirit.
Lauren
Jul 16, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: little-house
You know a book is good when I (age fifteen) am reading about the daily life of a five-year old. Not garanteeing that every Fifteen year old will love this book, But it reminds me of my childhood, and makes me happy. I just wish it was a fairy tale, because if it was based off anything but a true story, Father would come waltzing in Christmas morning with a big sack of flour and candy all around. Unfortunately, this is not a movie, this is not one of my "once upon a time" novels, this is little ...more
Rea K
Sep 20, 2015 Rea K rated it really liked it
Excuse me while I go and cry in a corner. Caroline Quiner's father died about the time she turned five, and this begins towards the end of their first year without him.
I recognized parts of this book, making me wonder if perhaps I read this one already. I remember laundry day the best. Thank goodness for wash machines. And running water. All that modern stuff. I take back all I said about going back in time. Doctor, if you were planning on stopping at my house, I'm going to have to put a leash
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Megan
Sep 20, 2010 Megan rated it it was amazing
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Ashley
Nov 24, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
Apparently this was one of my favorite books ten years ago. I seem to have started it so much that the first two chapters are falling out of the book! I can see why my seven year old self might have liked it. It's basically Little House on the Prairie before Little House on the Prairie but written after. It had a protagonist basically the same age I was, and it's a fun read.

But reading it after the Charlotte series was different. Young Charlotte and young Caroline are basically the same. Maybe w
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Beverly
Apr 15, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it
Caroline Quiner is the fourth of six children. Older siblings are Joseph 12, Henry 10, Martha 8. Caroline is 6, Eliza 3, and Baby Tomas 1. Father was lost at sea the previous year and his mother came to live with them. Mother, Charlotte, was a dressmaker in Boston when she met Henry Quiner, Sr. He was a silversmith at the time. He was a happy go lucky fellow who trusted in his wit. Charlotte realized the dangers of silver making, and he told her she could worry for him. The day of his wedding, h ...more
Jennifer Rasmussen
I like this book because it has funny, sad and kind characters. Also, the main character is a little girl named Caroline. She goes through sad, happy and good times. Caroline has two sisters and two brothers. Her grandmother lives in the house with her ever since her father died. One example of a funny moment is the first time Caroline went to church her older sister slipped off her shoes in church. The last reason I like this book is because at the end Caroline meets a new friend named Anna.
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Rosa Cline
Once again a really good book that even though it was from a different author than the Martha and Charlotte years; this author writes very similar to the other so it's not to often you recognize the difference.

This book introduces you to Caroline (Laura Ingallas mother) when she was 5 (as in the other books they all seem to start when the child is 5 or 6) Right after Caroline's Daddy was lost at sea and so the story takes you into the first year of trials and adjustment of Charlotte doing what s
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♥Xeni♥
Sadly, this was the only Caroline book that I managed to read. I always wanted to buy the others, but by the time I had enough allowance, I had already moved on to greater books.

One of these days I will buy the whole entire series (from Martha all the way down to Rose!)

As I recall the novel, though, Caroline was a bit boring. The most interesting thing was that she lived in Boston (all the other girls I'd read about lived in frontier towns, or something similar), so we got a bit of city life (b
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Mary-Jane
Jul 07, 2014 Mary-Jane rated it liked it
In this first book of the series, Caroline (Laura's mom) is 6 years old. The family is learning to manage without their dad (and with subsequently fewer resources) after he is killed while on a schooner in a storm, and their grandmother now lives with them. Their mother thinks the town is too busy (about 1,000 people), so Caroline hardly ever goes into town.
Lorraine Catt
Nov 07, 2014 Lorraine Catt rated it it was amazing
I think that this book was a very interesting book. You would never know what was happening next. When Martha and Caroline got to the school house I was surprised as much as they were that there was a schoolmistress. Not a schoolmaster. Caroline is like a young lady and is just like her daughter Mary. Her daughter Laura was just like her sister Martha. I think EVERYONE should read this book! It is REALLY good.

Paul Lunger
Sep 27, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it it was amazing
Caroline Quiner is the little girl who would go on to become Laura Ingalls's mother in the Little House on the Prairie series in both film and print. Maria Wilkes's "Little House in Brookfield" begins the tale of Caroline at the age of 5 in 1845 Wisconsin. The story finds the Quiner family dealing with the recent death of their father Henry who has been lost at sea in a schooner accident & follows them across the better part of a year. From the harvest to a visit to town to Christmas to scho ...more
Sam
Mar 31, 2016 Sam rated it liked it
Is a really lovely series to get into, especially if you loved Laura's stories. I especially loved the later parts of it and seeing how Caroline and Charles fell in love.
Roslyn Ross
Apr 06, 2015 Roslyn Ross rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book and really love the idea but it just did not have the heart and soul that the real Little House books have. It was boring.
Ginny
Jan 07, 2016 Ginny rated it really liked it
A good book to read if you're a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It gives you a view into her mother's life as a child. I found it to be well written.
Sara Planz
Dec 04, 2015 Sara Planz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young readers, people who read the Little House books when they were younger
Recommended to Sara by: Bookriot podcast
Took me back to when I was young and reading the Little House series. Great series for kids but a wonderful way for adults to revisit this genre.
Sadie
Apr 18, 2009 Sadie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed learning about Caroline and her family as a little girl, but I found I felt most for Charlotte, now grown up and raising a family alone..having just finished reading about her as a little girl this book now completes Charlotte for me, seeing her as a mother. The same thing happened to me with Martha's stories and I expect that it will continue to do so with the rest of the series. There are quite a few touching moments when Charlotte and her children are helped by friends and other une ...more
Janice
I haven't found a Little House Book yet that I did not like. I really enjoyed reading it.
Rebecca
Jul 11, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good book, and probably based more in fact than the books about Martha and Charlotte, since the author's research included letters from Caroline's sister about their life at the time. It was a bit sad that the throughline was the loss of Caroline's father when she was four, but I suppose that's a bit of fact that you can't get around, and was surely typical of the times. Caroline's life sounds very like Laura's in the Big Woods book, in terms of frontier technology, so girls ...more
Hannah
May 14, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
it was really good and i am sortof like her but... older!!!
Chris
May 18, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
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Found this by accident and quite delightful. Written in the style of Laura Ingles Wilder. I was intrigued, as I grew up in the Brookfield area and not disappointed. Pre teens would enjoy its charming simplicity.
Penny
Jun 02, 2009 Penny rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure my middle son would be interested in this series. I've been a fan of Little House my whole life. And I guess he's been forced to be one, too. But, his immediate reaction was postive. I was intrigued because this series features Caroline, Laura's mother. I found the first book very true to the original series in tone, style, and historical integrity. Not to mention it kept not only my middle son interested as well as my youngest while they worked on their spelling and handwriting. N ...more
Rayna Gausnell
Awesome book!
Katie Loucks
love this series!!!!!
Leisa
Nov 02, 2014 Leisa rated it liked it
A very sweet story of life during simpler times.
April Brown
Oct 08, 2012 April Brown rated it really liked it
What ages would I recommend it too? – Eight and up.

Length? – A couple of day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Real world 1845 in Wisconsin.

Written approximately? – 1996.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.

Short storyline: Caroline is five, and learning to live without a father in a large family.

Notes for the reader: You'll want to read more.
Kasey
Mar 25, 2010 Kasey rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was very interesting learning about Ma growing up.
This is the first book in the Caroline Years and I would greatly encourage Little House fans to read the whole little house series beginning with Laura's great grandmother, Martha, and ending with Laura's daugher, Rose. It was so much fun reading about the different times these women lived in. Rated three stars because it is way below my reading level so it is a entertaining fast read.
Kymm
Jun 26, 2013 Kymm rated it liked it
Close to a 3.5 or a little higher. As a fan of the Little House series, this was a pleasant read, but not a great one. It imagines the childhood of Caroline Quiner, who grew up to be Ma to Mary, Laura, Carrie, and Grace. The writing is much in the style of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but lacks the sparkle Laura brought to her own books. Still, I will likely read other books that extend the Little House series as something of a summer project.
Jennifer
Feb 26, 2008 Jennifer rated it did not like it
I read this thinking (or hoping) that it would be just another series/continuation of the old Little House books I read growing up. While I thought the story was adequate, it didn't give me the good feelings, reminiscences, and homeliness-feel that the original books by Wilder left me with. My advice is have your kids read the original series first, and then if they want to, read these (but NOT as a replacement for the originals!).
Zoe
Jan 15, 2011 Zoe rated it liked it
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While not quite as detailed about daily life as the original books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book (the first in the series about her mother's childhood) is based on letters Laura wrote to her aunt, asking for more stories about her and her mother's childhood. The story begins about a year after Caroline's father was lost at sea, and her mother is having a tough time making the best of things with 6 children.
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Maria D. Wilkes first read the Little House books as a young girl and has been fascinated by pioneer history ever since. She did extensive research on the Quiner, Ingalls, and Wilder families, studied original sources and family letters and diaries, and worked in close consultation with several historians and the Laura Ingalls Wilder estate as she wrote the Caroline Years books. She lives in New J ...more
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