This is the story of Caddie Woodhouse written by her granddaughter, Carol Ryrie Brink. It is a collection of stories that Caddie told of her life growing up as a pioneer just south of Menomonie, Wisconsin. I enjoyed this book even more than the Little House series of Laura Ingalls Wilder's life.
"In 1864 Caddie Woodlawn was eleven, and as wild a little tomboy as ever ran the woods of western Wisconsin. She was the despair of her mother and of her elder sister Clara. But her father watched her with a little shine of pride in his eyes, and her brothers accepted her as one of themselves without a question."
So begins an exciting story about a girl who would rather hunt than sew, rather plow than bake. This prize-winning book tells of the escapades of Caddie and her six brothers and sisters, af a schoolhouse fire, of pranks played on a city slicker cousin, of an amazing discovery in an old trunk. And when the Indians threaten to massacre the settlers it is Caddie's courage and quick thinking that save her family and their neighbors.
This book was one of my favorites from childhood. I read it to my children who loved Caddie's adventures as much as I did.
Caddie Woodlawn - a young girl who lives in the 'west' (Wisconsin) in 1864 - her life, her family and adventures (including with her dog, and her Indian friend). Caddie is definitely a "tomboy" in an age when that could be frowned upon. Her father encourages her in it, but as she grows up, he also encourages her that it's O.K. to be a woman and do women's things as well.
This is a charming book I've read over and over. A great story for children of all ages.
An excellent book. Both my daughters and son loved it when I read this to them.
I read it several times when I was in elementary/middle school and loved it.
This is a wonderful story of frontier america from a young girl's point of view. My son, however really liked this book because there is enough action (and interaction)involving native americans, and parent/sibling issues.
This book is pure joy. It was a favorite of mine, and of my daughters.
I've probably read this book more times than i have fingers and toes. Caddie's stories are timeless. She is a tomboy before tomboys existed. She is brave, compassionate, and adventursome. Her father encourages her rebelous spirit and that puts a smile in my heart. A must read, ignore the fact it takes place over a hundred years ago, its not boring and unaccessable like most historical children's books.
Caddie Woodlawn is a real aventurer. She'd rather hunt than sew, plow than bake, and beats her brothers' dares every chance she gets. Caddie is friends with the 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 true, based on the life and memories of Carol Ryrie Brink's grandmother, the real Caddie Woodlawn. Her spirit and sense of fun have made this book a classic that readers have taken to their hearts for over fifty years.
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I find that those who love Little House books will love this one too!
One of my childhood favorites. I would recommend this to any families with kids who think that electronic diversions are the best things in life.
This was my favorite book in fourth grade. I remember the teacher reading it aloud to us after lunch. Caddie is one of the spunkiest, bravest redheaded girls in literature---more than even Pippi or Anne of Green Gables. I highly recommend Caddie Woodlawn.
if like little house on the prairie you'll love this book
newbery medal award winner
I thought this was a great book. It was similar to Little House on the Prairie and almost as good. All the characters are based on real people and real events. I suggest reading this book!
A must read for all kids. Much in the same vein as the "Little House" series of books. Very enjoyable.
A childhood favorite, and a nice companion to Laura Ingalls Wilder's books
At age 11, Caddie Woodlawn is the despair of her mother and the pride of her father: a clock-fixing tomboy running wild in the woods of Wisconsin. In 1864, this is a bit much for her Boston-bred mother to bear, but Caddie and her brothers are happy with the status quo. Written in 1935 about Carol Ryrie Brink's grandmother's childhood, the adventures of Caddie and her brothers are still exciting over 60 years later. With each chapter comes another ever-more exciting adventure: a midnight gallop on her horse across a frozen river to warn her American Indian friends of the white men's plan to attack; a prairie fire approaching the school house; and a letter from England that may change the family's life forever. This Newbery Medal-winning book bursts at the seams with Caddie's irrepressible spirit. In spite of her mother's misgivings, Caddie is a perfect role model for any girl--or boy, for that matter. She's big-hearted, she's brave, and she's mechanically inclined!
Excellent book about a girl and her family in the 1800's.
I read this book to my kids. We all enjoyed it.
Loved this book! I read it aloud at bedtime to our two girls, ages 8 and 10, and they loved it too. There is a sequel to Caddie Woodlawn, which is titled Magical Melons, by the same author: Carol Ryrie Brink.
My nine year old daugther loved Caddie Woodlawn and read this book in a few days. She especially liked how Caddie was brave and daring. When she discovered it was about a real person, she was even more in awe.
I love all the tales of Caddie Woodlawn. They are similar to Little House on The Prairie. I live in an area in Wisconsin where thes stories are written about. Dunnville still exists. With the school house, and a park where a house and other structures still stand. For me these books are in my neighborhood.
fictionalized history for adolescents
Movie made based on this book. Caddie is an adventurer. She would rather hunt tha sew, plow tha bake, & beats her brother' dares every chance she gets. She is brave & her story is true.
Newberry Award Winner, a classic
Great book if you are interested in WWII.