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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  42,071 ratings  ·  1,303 reviews
Caddie Woodlawn is a real adventurer. She'd rather hunt than sew and plow than bake, and tries to beat her brother's dares every chance she gets. Caddie is friends with Indians, who scare most of the neighbors -- neighbors who, like her mother and sisters, don't understand her at all.

Caddie is brave, and her story is special because it's based on the life and memories of

Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Aladdin (first published 1935)
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❄Elsa Frost❄ I liked Caddie Woodlawn better (and still do). Caddie Woodlawn felt more like an interesting and altogether new story to read about the pioneer life.…moreI liked Caddie Woodlawn better (and still do). Caddie Woodlawn felt more like an interesting and altogether new story to read about the pioneer life. Little House does represent a more pioneer lifestyle, but Caddie Woodlawn felt closer to the heart for me and more entertaining.
But if you asked me which one I'd be more likely to recommend to younger people, I'd honestly say "Neither". Some children will prefer Little House, others will prefer Caddie Woodlawn. But both are excellent stories/series, and I hope they continue being remembered for the great classic children's books they are!(less)
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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
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a re-read and a visit back to my childhood. I think the first time I read this was when I was reading all of the "Little House On The Prairie" series since it took place in the same area.

This is the story about a young girl who has to make her own place in the world. And her place is Wisconsin. She had many trials of growing up in this story. So in a sense this book is a Bildungsroman story.

I am glad that I took the time to revisit one of my favourite childhood stories.
May 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Miranda Reads
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Disappointing and yet marginally charming

Review to come
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, newbery
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
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
Sarah Grace Grzy
This book will always speak of home, comfort and happiness to me. I've read it multiple times growing up, and now reading it again now that I'm older, it is just as lovely.

I love Brink's writing style, and her characters are just wonderful. I especially loved Caddie's relationship with her father. Reminds me of my relationship with my father. <3 And of course, Tom, Warren, Hetty, etc all help make up this exceptional book.
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
4.5 stars. (Originally I was going to put it at either 3.5 or 4, but I really liked the last few chapters.)

I actually hadn’t heard of this book until I found it at a library sale over a year ago. It was sitting on my shelf all that time...but I’ve read it now so yay!

Caddie Woodlawn is a tomboy. She doesn’t want to be a lady if that means all frills and no fun. Throughout this book we follow Caddie and her siblings on their adventures and mishaps, while getting a looks at what pioneer life was l
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Book Concierge
This Newbery Award winner tells the story of Caddie Woodlawn, age about 12, in 1864 Wisconsin, growing up on a farm with her six brothers and sisters, and her two parents.

Brink based the novel (and a sequel) on the stories her grandmother told about living in Western Wisconsin during the time of the Civil War. The family is tight-knit and the children have many adventures, including exploring the river and woods near their homestead, and visiting the local tribe of Native Americans (“Indian Joh
Luisa Knight

Children's Bad Words
Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 24 Incidents: golly, bully, good land, gollee-Christmas, crickety
Name Calling - 7 Incidents: big-mouthed scared-cats, whippersnapper, tattletale, baby, rascal
Scatological Terms - 6 Incidents: bl**dy (as in lots of blood)
Religious Profanity - 9 Incidents: God knows, Heaven knows, mercy's sake, goodness knows, upon my word, great sakes, faith, bless my soul

Romance Related - 8 Incidents: A man fell in love with a woman. They wer
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
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery
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
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
I like Little House style of writing better but cute story of pioneer life.
Ivy Miranda
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite childhood books growing up. Caddie Woodlawn is inspired by the life of Carol Ryrie Brink's grandmother. Caddie Woodlawn is a simple story about an all American girl with a patriotic spirit that stretches far beyond her rural Wisconsin home.

In 1864, Carolina Augusta Woodlawn or just Caddie, was not your ordinary conventional girl. While her sisters spend their time sewing and baking, Caddie would rather hunt, swim, socialize with Indians and anything that doesn't re
Hannah Reeves
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-middle
This is one of my very favorite books now. I laughed, I cried, I hugged the book when it ended. I can't wait to share it with Phoebe some day.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
The more I think about this book, the more I dislike it.
Liz Strawser
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful story. Can’t wait to share it with my kids. It’s now One of my favorites. I related to Caddie and especially enjoyed her relationship with her father.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just love this book. I got completely choked up about a dozen different times - I've absolutely become my mother.
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, old-faves
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
Mar 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jul 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-1001, newbery
The Newbery Award committee members seem to love a strong girl and Caddie is among the strongest. She roams and tarries with her ruffian brothers on the wild plains of Wisconsin around the time of the American Civil War. Caddie plays practical jokes on her cousin, runs to the Indians to warn of a massacre, and proudly displays an Indian scalp belt for all the town to see. Caddie finally begins to see that becoming a lady is not just learning to quilt and say the right words and wear fancy clothe ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
pretty boring at first but it became better and than it was boring again
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
Wonderful book!
Newbery re-read. A classic Newbery. Slice-of-life of a young girl growing up in frontier Wisconsin. Well-written and well-paced. Captures a time-and-a-place if from the perspective of a young girl who's been allowed to run wild. Nothing especially bad or difficult happens in this one. But we get to see people with different backgrounds making different choices. We don't quite get to see who Caddie becomes. So not high art, but well executed.
Liz F.
Loved this one though I feel like I would have even more if I had read it when I was my younger sister's age! (she has to read it now! :P)
I enjoyed reading about the adventures that Caddie and her siblings went on... (I love that nickname too) Their uncle was funny and Annabelle was interesting... and they definitely made the right choice at the end. ;) I liked the chapter with the circuit rider's clock too!
And I really like the edition I own, the illustrations are so fun!
Andy Reeves
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A relaxing fun adventure book filled with genuine warmth. Excellent.
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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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“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.” 25 likes
“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.” 22 likes
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