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Caddie Woodlawn (1935)

by Carol Ryrie Brink

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Series: Caddie Woodlawn (1)

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The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.

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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 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 more than seventy years.
  PlumfieldCH | Sep 21, 2023 |
  WBCLIB | Feb 27, 2023 |
Leaves some cultural sensitivity to be desired but overall not too bad, especially when compared to other *cough laura ingalls cough* books depicting the same time period. ( )
  mutantpudding | Feb 15, 2023 |
Read again to my daughter. Forgot about the racial slurs, had to skip a lot and explain a lot but the overall story is good. ( )
1 vote panamamama | Aug 2, 2022 |
For some reason the beginning of this book really had a plot-less, garbled feel to me. If I had viewed it as “one year with Caddie Woodlawn” from the very start, I probably would have felt the cohesion between blurbs sooner. My mistake, I think. So setting that aside, she’s a mighty headstrong girl… who may perhaps be a little too mighty. Some scenes took me out of the moment because it was pushing “strong young female!” too hard. Caddie is likable, and the book is well done. But her amazing tenacity was pushing the bounds of credulity for me.

Everything could have been redeemed, though. As things were wrapping up, I saw one scene with Caddie and her father as adorable, and a perfect nod to Caddie’s struggle with her place in the world. I would totally have this book’s back (covers?) if the book had ended there. It won me over completely. Buuut... the author tacked on a rouse of the dad’s long lost English noble heritage, and how everyone in the family deserved a vote on what the family would do. Parents deciding what’s best for their children? Naw. It brought me back to the disbelieving side of things. Super sweet scene in there, though.
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  Allyoopsi | Jun 22, 2022 |
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In addition to their own small family, the Woodlawns are on very good terms with the Indians that live locally, especially Indian John (who has the advantage of command of the English language, although it's unfortunately depicted as the stereotypical pidgin English common in books from this period). The book follows a year in Caddie's life- picking nuts, riding horses, going to school, and worrying about rumors of Indian massacre, eagerly awaiting the mail after a long winter, and eating entirely too much turkey. Over the course of events, Caddie does mature and become ready to at least consider that a lady's skills have some merit.
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They made the pioneers seem like angels and the Native Americans like inhuman monsters.

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Carol Ryrie Brinkprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alexander, RoslynNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hyman, Tina SchartIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seredy, KateIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Gram, whose tales of her childhood in Wisconsin gave a lonely little girl many happy hours.
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In 1864 Caddie Woodlawn was eleven, and as wild a little tomboy as ever ran the woods of western Wisconsin.
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