I have a feeling that Caddie Woodlawn is actually a much better book than its audiobook narrator would have me believe, but after reading the Little HI have a feeling that Caddie Woodlawn is actually a much better book than its audiobook narrator would have me believe, but after reading the Little House series, I think I still would've found this novel a bit of a letdown. From what I've seen, people seem to identify with (and love) one or the other, and I appear to be more of a Laura Ingalls Wilder person than a Carol Ryrie Brink one.
Caddie is certainly an engaging scamp and she has plenty of adventures, but most of those adventures read, to me, more like predictable sitcom hijinks than genuine happenings: at times, I could almost hear a studio audience laughing or awwwing in the background. It's possible I would've enjoyed the story more if I'd read it as a child, but to be honest, even as a kid, I had a pretty low tolerance for vicarious embarrassment...and there's plenty of that in Caddie Woodlawn.
I definitely understand why others might enjoy Caddie's story, but for me, I'll stick to the dangers and triumphs of pioneer life with the Ingalls family....more