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Caddie Woodlawn (Caddie Woodlawn #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  28,788 ratings  ·  869 reviews
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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 1973 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 1935)
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Amy
Mrs. Klatt, my 5th grade teacher, read this book to us and then we went to visit where Caddie lived (about 30 miles south of where I grew up). I loved the Little House books, but to me, I WAS Caddie. She was a bit older and more aware of what was happening around her. If you want to read about a pioneer gal who lived in western Wisconsin and was as fiesty as her red hair, read this book. You can go see and walk through Caddie's house. It's a rest area south of Downsville, Wisconsin. I try and ge ...more
Deborah Markus
Reading this in your forties while you're also reading Lies My Teacher Told Me is very different from reading it when you're ten years old. Although even then, I remember cringing a bit.

Because on the one hand, Caddie Woodlawn is all kinds of awesome. She's a redhead roaming wild in the woods of western Wisconsin, and you won't catch her sewing a seam or polishing the furniture when she could be climbing a tree or plowing a field.

On the other hand, this is Wisconsin in 1864. "Pioneer days," as t
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Jen
I read this over a period of about 4 months. I'm not sure I've ever taken that long to read a book. But I was reading it with a 6-year-old, a chapter at a time, sometimes one chapter a week, sometimes none.

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
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Malbadeen
I would give this book 5 stars based on 1 chapter alone.
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
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Kathryn
This was my first time reading the novel as an adult and I loved it all the more for all the sense of fun and adventure I so enjoyed as a child, and found a deeper appreciation of so many more elements—such as Father and Mother’s relationship (I had tears in my eyes at the end of the chapter, Pigeons or Peacocks?) and Mr. Woodlawn’s wonderfully unorthodox parenting style with Caddie (and Mrs. Woodlawn’s trust in him in allowing this to happen), letting her “run wild with the boys” to regain her ...more
Ensiform
Winner of the 1936 Newbery, this book centers on the tomboy of the title, the middle girl in a pioneer family of seven children in the open plains of 1860s Wisconsin. Strongly evocative of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, it's a wide-eyed, child's view of American pioneer life. The Indians are friendly, primitive, and highly mistrusted by the whites. The Civil War is far away; in one of the bits possibly most surprising to those who think of America as a classless society, Mr. Woodlawn has paid s ...more
Wendy
I saved this for the last of the Newberys (yes! I'm done!) because I was sure I would like it, and I wanted to go out on a good note.

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
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allie
The more I think about this book, the more I dislike it.
Lindy
Excellent book! Same vein as the Little House books - but I liked it better. (Ssh, don't tell Abbi!)

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
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David
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Kameron
Charming story! I just fell in love with the Woodlawn family, their hard work ethics, family values and trust in the Lord. It was so special to know that the author was writing about her own grandmother. The illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman were just breathtaking - I plan to seek out more of her work.

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
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Robyn
There is a lot to like about this book, and some to dislike, but as a child, it enthralled me utterly. In a world of historical children's heroines such as Polly Anna, and Mary Lennox, Caddie Woodlawn was a breath of fresh air. While the others are pointed at for being different, they are still essentially feminine, even trouble making Anne Shirley. Caddie however, is a tom boy through and through, and when I, as a child, tired of reading about proper young ladies, and instead wanted to hear abo ...more
Libby
Mar 22, 2008 Libby rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Libby by: Ruth Stein, My Bobe
This is one of the books I read on long, delicious afternoons in San Diego in the summers of my childhood. My Bobe and Zade and I would walk to the library and pick out a pile of books, stopping at Thrifty's on the way home for nickel scoops of ice cream (my favorite: rainbow sherbet). I can't even think of this book without feeling a rush of immense love for my grandparents.

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
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Lucinda
This is a classic book and was really fun to read. I loved her spunky, pioneer girl attitude...riding out on a rainy night alone on her horse at age 11 to warn the indians of the danger brewing in her town against them! And, when her uncle almost accidentally drowned her and offered her a silver dollar if she would not tell her mother. She said, "are you trying to bribe a Woodlawn!" She knew who she was and what a Woodlawn stood for! I want my kids to know what a "Foster" is and live up to it!
Robin
Caddie Woodlawn is a story set in the 1860’s and is about a little girl, named Caddie, who is a tomboy. Caddie is very adventurous and is always with her brothers running wild, instead of in the home with the girls and her mother. Caddie, has also formed a bond with the neighboring Indians. She finds them intriguing and harmless. Caddie does not see color, but rather regular people when she looks at the Indians. Caddie is responsible for stopping a rampage between her family and others against t ...more
Rhea
Caddie Woodlawn
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
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Lavender911
Caddie Woodlawn is a real adventurer. She'd rather hunt than sew, plow than bake, and tries to beat her brothers' dares every chance she gets. Her mother and sisters just don't understand why she doesn’t want to be lady-like and sew all day. Her courage and her faith to peace and friendship are so strong that she can eleminate a massacre. Then when her cousin comes over, and she has to make a big decision that will affect her future, she opens her heart and decides to give things a change.

I love
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Tricia Douglas
I am proud that I finally got to read this book. It had set on my bookshelf at school for many years. I do remember that my third graders liked the book and also her other book Baby Island.

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
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Amy
I'm the same girl and yet not the same. I wonder if it's always like that? Folks keep growing from one person into another all their lives, and life is just a lot of everyday adventures. Well, whatever life is, I like it.

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
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Brandy Wilcox
Caddie is a tomboy who goes to visit a local tribe with her brothers. She arrives home late for dinner. Her mother, Harriet, is embarrassed with her daughter. Caddie, however, does not change and goes on with her adventures and scares for the next year: a midnight rider to warn their friend “Indian John” that the settlers are planning a massacre. What turmoil will take place? Then Cousin Annabelle comes from Boston for a visit and Caddie is forced to confront her future. Tom and Warren, who are ...more
Julia
We are reading a page from this for MCAS practice!! I loved it! I am also reading it for a book report and also for fun!
Anne-Marie
I love these stories! I have really fond memories of all the times I've read them, because I've been re-reading them since fourth grade. This book is about a girl named Caddie Woodlawn. All the stories are true (a few details, such as names, were changed, but basically all the events actually happened), and they were written by Caddie Woodlawn's granddaughter, Carol Brink. When Carol was little, her grandmother told her stories of her childhood as a pioneer in northern Wisconsin and eventually, ...more
Robin Martin
Caddie Woodlawn is a story set in the 1860’s and is about a little girl, named Caddie, who is a tomboy. Caddie is very adventurous and is always with her brothers running wild, instead of in the home with the girls and her mother. Caddie, has also formed a bond with the neighboring Indians. She finds them intriguing and harmless. Caddie does not see color, but rather regular people when she looks at the Indians. Caddie is responsible for stopping a rampage between her family and others against t ...more
Natalie
I read this as a child and then later as an older teen or young adult (I can't remember when I re-read it and my Mom probably read it to us the first time. . . ). This book is one of my favorite kinds of books. My first "big kid" books that I read by myself were the Little House books. A lot of the books that I read as a teenager were historical fiction and some of my favorite were set on the American frontier (that is until I discovered Jane Austin. After that England called to me). Historical ...more
Treasa
I know I read this book when I was in elementary school, but I had no recollection of it beyond having a vague idea that I liked it. I picked up the audio book for a long drive, and really enjoyed listening to it. We got through slightly more than half of the audio book, and then I finished the rest in print. What a fun book!

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
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Darlene
I read this historical fiction classic aloud to my children. It takes place in 1864 during the pioneer days, and it won the 1936 Newbery Medal.

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
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Jill
Initially, this was to be a read aloud for my younger children, but they lost interest. The story is interesting and engaging, but not gripping with mystery or intrigue. So I lost my audience half way through. I finished it up on my own, and really enjoyed the message of the book: It's a blessing and privilege above the riches of the earth to be an American citizen. Young people, especially women, don't need to grow up a certain pre-conceived civilized way to successfully achieve womanhood.

Best
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LeAnn
Mar 26, 2008 LeAnn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children 6-11
Recommended to LeAnn by: Mother-daughter book group
I'm always amazed at the richness of character and detail that good children's writers manage to invest into their stories and the more I read (or listen to as in this case) great children's literature, the less patient I am with the silly, shallow children's stories populating bookshelves.

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
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Jill
1936 Newbery award. This is basically a tomboy's version of Little House on the Prairie. It was a good story but not particularly memorable.

"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
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Christine
Jan 03, 2010 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grade level 3-5
Caddie Woodlawn is quite the adventurous red-headed daughter of pioneers. As an eleven-year-old she lives in western Wisconsin near the Menomonie River. The Civil War is taking place in the East, Indian massacres are taking place in the West and Caddie hovers betweeen being a tomboy and a young lady. At the story's beginning she's full of fun: fording rivers, hunting with Uncle Edmund, collecting hazelnuts, fighting school bullies, and befriending Indians....by the end of this coming of age stor ...more
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Born Caroline Ryrie, American author of over 30 juvenile and adult books. Her novel Caddie Woodlawn won the 1936 Newbery Medal.

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
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“How far I've come! I'm the same girl and yet not the same. I wonder if it's always like that? Folks keep growing from one person into another all their lives, and life is just a lot of everyday adventures. Well, whatever life is, I like it.” 11 likes
“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. 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 them gentleness and courtesy and love and kindness. It's a big task, too, Caddie--harder than cutting trees or building mills or damming rivers. It takes nerve and courage and patience, but good women have those things. They have them just as much as the men who build bridges and carve roads through the wilderness. A woman's work is something fine and noble to grow up to, and it is just as important as a man's.” 7 likes
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