Caddie Woodlawn

Caddie Woodlawn Caddie Woodlawn, Which Has Been Captivating Young Readers Since , 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 She Often Sat Spellbound, Listening, Listening As Caddie Told Stories Of Her Pioneer Childhood Children Everywhere Will Love Redheaded Caddie With Her Penchant For Pranks Scarcely Out Of One Scrape Before She Is Into Another, She Refuses To Be A Lady, Preferring Instead To Run The Woods With Her Brothers Whether She Is Crossing The Lake On A Raft, Visiting An Indian Camp, Or Listening To The Tales Of The Circuit Rider, Caddie S Adventures Provide An Exciting And Authentic Picture Of Life On The Wisconsin Frontier In The S And Readers Will Discover, As Caddie Learns What Growing Up Truly Means, That It Is Not So Very Different Today

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

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Caddie Woodlawn
  • Carol Ryrie Brink
  • English
  • 08 April 2018
  • 9780027136708

10 thoughts on “Caddie Woodlawn

  1. says:

    2.5 stars Disappointing and yet marginally charming How far I ve come I m the same girl and yet not the same I wonder if it s always like that Caddie Woodlawn, a fiery redhead growing up in Wisconsin in the 1800s, has always been a tom boy.Her mother is at her wits end but her father enjoys his daughter s plucky spirit and propensity for mishaps Caddie, for one, enjoys her life as it is snowball fights and hunting and adventuring with her brothers But all good things have to come to an end, and Caddie s childhood is one of those things.The older she gets, the less she is allowed to adventure out into the woods and the she pushes back But every redhead s temper has its limitations. Ultimately, this book was.a bit boring and largely disappointing.I am a huge fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House series so much that I reread it about once a year.Caddie Woodlawn has much of the same premise, but without the same charm She does have fun adventures like visiting the nearby Indians or playing pranks on her cousins but those all felt like sparsely connect vignettes.And the only theme to weave them altogether was her mother and society pushing Caddie closer and closer to traditional womanhood A woman s work is something fine and noble to grow up to, and it is just as important as a man s. Even Caddie s father, who championed his daughter s rights to live a happy and healthy childhood, decides to backtrack and make her into a perfect little maiden 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 OR MAYBE , Mr Woodlawn, we could teach these men to pick up after themselves and clean the kitchen once in a while Why crush Caddie s independence and freedom all because the dishes are dirty So what if she doesn t fit the mold of a serene and dutiful future wife I didn t hate the entire book, just the message that the author was trying to push onto the audience The author spent so much time building Caddie s character up, only to squish all that development back into the period appropriate lady box Very frustrating.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading

  2. says:

    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 the book calls them And that s some problematic territory.Eleven year old Caddie and her brothers start off their adventures crossing a river, though they haven t a boat and can t swim They re just that unstoppable.But here s their idea of idle conversation Do you think the Indians around here would ever get mad and massacre folks like they did up north wondered Warren.Warren is quickly reassured by his brother No, sir, said Tom, not these Indians Not Indian John, anyhow, said Caddie.Later on in the book, the white people in this little Wisconsin town freak out because they think the Indians are going to rise up and murder the whites in the night Because that s what Indians do Only two years before, the Indians of Minnesota had killed a thousand white people, burning their houses and destroying their crops The town of New Ulm had been almost entirely destroyed Other smaller uprisings throughout the Northwest flared up from time to time, and only a breath of rumor was needed to throw the settlers of Wisconsin into a panic of apprehension.Caddie s father says it s all nonsense and tavern rumors I am willing to stake my farm, and a good deal that I hold dear besides, on the honor and friendliness of the Indians hereabouts So as a child, I absorbed the following lessons 1 Indians randomly committed massacres against white settlers 2 There were individual exceptions, so Indians like Caddie s friend Indian John were okay.3 But in general, there was no telling what kind of violence might occur and when the Indians might decide to engage in an uprising Now, I was cognizant enough to cringe later in the book when Caddie kindly buys some presents for three little boys whose mother is a kindly Indian and whose father is a lazy white jerk Some of the presents are red handkerchiefs The little Hankinsons were speechless with delight The red was like music to their half savage eyes.That s enough to make even a dumb suburban white kid flinch But the rest of it This was a novel, true, but it was based on the author s own family s experiences, just as Laura Ingalls Wilder s books are fiction based on fact So the conclusion I drew was that, yes, Indians had been really scary and it wasn t much of a wonder that the whites hadn t gotten along with them Even the nice ones, like Indian John and the Hankinson kids mother, just couldn t assimilate quickly enough to the new dominant culture, or be nice enough to convince the whites they meant no harm so in spite of plenty of good intentions on both sides, they faded away and disappeared.I never learned much history in school but in general, I thought I knew what I hadn t learned That is, I didn t know much about, say, American government, or the War of 1812 but I knew they were there.I didn t know anything at all about the Indian wars, and I didn t know there was anything to know about them because they weren t even introduced as a concept Wars were something white people fought against other white people the Americans against the British, the British against the French, the Germans against pretty much everybody else.Indians and white people clashed, sure And the whites were pretty rude to just come on over to the Americas like there wasn t even anybody already living here My teachers did get that much right, though they were pretty soft on the details But wars So when I read that bit about the massacre in Minnesota in Caddie Woodlawn, I took it at its word And to be fair, the book is not all about those awesome whites and the bad Indians they re up against Whites are often viciously violent themselves Sometimes, leaving the women and children at home, the men went out to attack the Indians, preferring to strike first rather than be scalped in their beds later The fear spread like a disease, nourished on rumors and race hatred For many years now the whites had lived at peace with the Indians of western Wisconsin, but so great was this disease of fear that even a tavern rumor could spread it like an epidemic throughout the country.Okay But the massacre of New Ulm wasn t a random spate of violence It was, as I only learned when I reread Caddie and did some Googling, part of what is variously known as the Dakota War of 1862 and the Sioux Uprising It was triggered by what a surprise treaty violations on the part of the U.S government, and corruption in the Bureau of Indian affairs I m way oversimplifying, but after months of attempted negotiations on the part of the Dakota led to nothing better than broken promises and famine, war erupted Not random massacres because that s just what those Indians do war In the last half of 1862, the U.S government was fighting not one war, but two.Nobody taught me that Caddie Woodlawn is a beautifully written book, but like Gone With The Wind, it perpetuates some deeply harmful myths.By all means, read this book It s important and, when it s not talking about Indians, often hilariously funny and deeply touching.But please also read the chapter Red Eyes in James Loewen s Lies My Teacher Told Me, so you can get the whole story Read about what s wrong with the author of Caddie Woodlawn describing Wisconsin as a wilderness and the white settlers as pioneers, and why it didn t matter how good good Indians like Indian John were.I ll end with this paragraph from that book The overall story line most American history textbooks tell about American Indians is this We tried to Europeanize them they wouldn t or couldn t do it so we dispossessed them While sympathetic than the account in earlier textbooks, this account falls into the trap of repeating as history the propaganda used by policy makers in the nineteenth century as a rationale for removal that Native Americans stood in the way of progress The only real difference is the tone Back when white Americans were doing the dispossessing, justifications were shrill They denounced Native cultures as primitive, savage, and nomadic Often writers invoked the hand or blessings of God, said to favor those who did with the land Now that the dispossessing is done, our histories since 1980 can see virtue in the conquered cultures But they still pictured American Indians as tragically different, unable or unwilling to acculturate The trouble is, it wasn t like that.

  3. says:

    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.

  4. says:

    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 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 get there every couple of years and swing through the logging museum in Downsville Caddie was a real person story was written by her granddaughter , and there was definitely a part of her still alive in a redheaded girl who lived on the other side of the county in the 1980s.

  5. says:

    literally read this in less than a day it was THAT GOOOOD and YES, I already started rereading it, thanks for asking

  6. says:

    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 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 and especially when I m reading aloud.Caddie Woodlawn is so much like Little House on the Prairie that I think it might be easier to compare contrast with that other well known children s story than to create an entirely new report on the story of Caddie Woodlawn.How Caddie Woodlawn is like Little House on the Prairie Caddie and Laura are both tomboys and daddy s girls free spirits the younger sisters of little lady older sisters Both stories are about frontier families Caddie Woodlawn is based on stories Carol Ryrie Brink s grandmother Caddie Woodhouse told her of life growing up on the prairie.The food, the clothing, the stories of day to day life have the same feel Are we sure Caddie and Laura weren t neighbors There are a lot of encounters with Native Americans in these two books It s strange and sad to think how recent the American pioneer days were I can t help but wonder how things would have been different if the spirit of adventure had not been so polluted by a spirit of entitlement.How Caddie Woodlawn is unlike Little House Caddie has two brothers Laura does not This, I think, provides the avenue for Caddie to experience mischief and adventure than Laura ever did Then again, Laura s family experienced enough adventure together to than make up for the lack of brothers.Caddie s family does not move around like Laura s does They live in a much settled community and are close to town The Woodlawns have a lot of visitors the circuit rider traveling preacher , an Uncle, a hoity toity cousin from Boston The Ingalls always seemed much isolated Visitors were few and far between.The Woodlawns live in Wisconsin, which is where Little House in the Big Woods is set, if I remember correctly The bulk of Laura Ingalls Wilder s story takes place further west, so Caddie s story doesn t feel quite as wild or wide open as Laura s does.There aren t nearly as many savory descriptions of food in Caddie Woodlawn, which has always been one of my favorite parts of the Little House books Caddie Woodlawn won the Newbery Medal None of the Little House books ever did Such a shame.

  7. says:

    This was my first time reading the novel as an adult and I loved it all the for all the sense of fun and adventure I so enjoyed as a child, and found a deeper appreciation of so many 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 health this reminded me of a bit of Uncle Alec s treatment for Rose from Louisa May Alcott s Eight Cousins books and the respect that they show the children, especially with a life changing decision that must be made toward the end of the book I also had deeper insights into the settler Native American relations reading the book from an adult standpoint, on this later.What stands out to me most is the sense of joy and love and togetherness in the Woodlawn family Also, Caddie s beautifully multi faceted nature, wild and brave and adventurous yet also kind and feeling and introspective She is definitely a kindred spirit if Anne Shirley was a pioneer girl, she might have been a lot like Caddie maybe the red hair helped me shape this comparison, haha The Wisconsin frontier also shines memorably amazing how a book written in 1935, about life in the 1860s, can bring the beauty and feeling of that long ago so vibrantly into our 21st century imaginations It seems that comparisons between Caddie Woodlawn and The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder are inevitable a quote from Jim Trelease trumpets on the back cover of my book, You take The Little House on the Prairie I ll take Caddie Woodlawn though I don t really see why there must be a contest Perhaps it s because both books were written in the 1930s, about a spirited young girl growing up on the frontier and Caddie and Laura were roughly contemporaries, though about a decade separates their childhoods and the Woodlawns lived a less isolated and prosperous life Personally, I love both books, because of the spunky but sensitive protagonists, the loving family life, the fascinating glimpse into the frontier lifestyle, and the timeless storytelling I suppose the biggest difference is in how the books handle the Native American presence For the Woodlawn family, Indian John is a friend, and his tribe a peaceful presence Mr Woodlawn gained their trust and friendship when he came to run the mill on their lands and Caddie has a special place in her heart for Indian John and his dog, and Indian John watches out for her It is quite refreshing to see this relationship in a book of that period In contrast, Native Americans are viewed as a distant other in Little House on the Prairie and, while Pa seems a bit trusting, Ma is terrified of them And yet, the Native Americans are still referred to as redskins a few times in Caddie Woodlawn, and there is a bit of a patronizing air at times Both books are well worth reading and discussing We see that, even though these people lived long ago, their feelings, their complexity, and their humanity, is not so different from ours I am happy to live in a world where both Caddie Woodlawn and the Little House series can hold a cherished place on my bookshelf.

  8. says:

    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.

  9. says:

    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 timebut 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 like In the end Caddie learns valuable life lessons and begins to understand growing up isn t as bad as she thought it would be There were a few very small things that bothered me Overall it did not take away my enjoyment of the book I didn t like how the half native american half white children were called Half Breeds I know and understand that it was a very common phrase back then, I just don t like it Semi spoiler i think, but it s very small Caddie had a younger sister who died when her parents first moved out their She is mentioned a few times, but I didn t like when the book said No one missed her now I understand the point it was trying to make, that it has been years and they have already mourned, but that doesn t mean that nobody misses her I am pretty sure that the mother misses her everyday, but probably doesn t show it Overall I Enjoyed the book a lot If you like Little House on the Prairie and Haven t read this, give it a read It s quiet different than Little House but similar in some ways It s nice seeing different perspectives.Favorite Quotes A whole silver dollar for Valentines cried Caddie, her thrifty soul sincerely shocked Same, Caddie Same Sorry for any typos, If I see them I ll fix them later.

  10. says:

    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 absurd and hilarious as further trickeries, deaths and suicides unravel My Kids age 6 and 10 and I were laughing so hard, I had to pause several times to catch my breath or exclaim, that s terrible before we went on.Another chapter had me in tears the sad kind this time as a story of brutally honest prejudice unraveled The entire book had a lovely ebb and flow of sad and silly that felt like real childhood Hard truths being seen for the first and utter fun at others, even if the time period doesn t match the emotions certainly seemed tochokengtitiktitikchokengs damn I love my kids and I hope that the picture of the three of us reading that one chapter and laughing will never be erased from my mind Sarah, please commit this to memory and re tell it to me frequently when you visit me at the old folks home would ya

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