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Caddie Woodlawn Paperback – 26 Dec 2006
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"You take "Little House on the Prairie;" I'll take "Caddie Woodlawn.""
-- Jim Trelease, author of "The Read-Aloud Handbook"
About the Author
Carol Ryrie Brink was the author of many books for young readers, including Caddie Woodlawn's Family, the companion volume to Caddie Woodlawn, and Baby Island.Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids' Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.
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Caddie is a tomboy - part of a large family of seven children, but the only girl in the family who is encouraged by her father to be a tomboy. As a result of her tomboy behaviour she almost drowns, saves an Indian tribe from being massacred by white settlers, stands up to the school bully and plays tricks on her snobbish cousin Annabelle who comes from the stylish city of Boston and looks down on country life. The book is well-written, easy to read and contains lots of dialogue.
The book also deals with deeper issues such as the role of women in society, racism and class prejudice. By the end of the book, Caddie realises that she cannot be a tomboy forever, but her father gives her a moving account of the importance of feminine virtues in society. She grows more sensitive to the needs of others, especially her younger sister Hetty, and at the end of the book a secret from her father's childhood forces her and the rest of her family to make a possibly life-changing decision.
While I think that many children would enjoy reading this, I do have to criticise the words sometimes used to describe the Indians. Although Caddie and her family see them as equal, it does not stop her (or perhaps it is the author) occasionally referring to them as savages, and the mixed race children in her class are invariably called half-breeds. This is a pity because this is otherwise a good book which has so many layers to it, and really gets to the heart of what it is like to be growing up as a girl in any time period. Perhaps these terms were acceptable in the 1930s when the book was first published, but it does mar what is otherwise a very lovely story, and that is why I chose not to award it five stars.
Bear in mind, though, that some of the reviews that emphasize the thrilling adventure and fantastic derring-do of the heroine may be overstating things a bit. This is a quieter book than that would suggest, and while it certainly has its rewards, I don't think "thrilling" does it justice. But, that said, I wouldn't dismiss this as "slow" or "dated". It holds up very well for what it is. And, this may be exactly the kind of book for which a sample chapter reading would be very helpful to a potential purchaser.
Other reviewers have outlined the content. I would just comment on a few things that made this a bit of a slow read.
Unlike in the Little House books, where every day is a fight for survival in harsh conditions, the Woodlawn family have done well for themselves, so that level of interest is not there. Unlike the Little House family who pull together, the Woodlawns sometimes seem to be pulling apart. From a Christian perspective, it did not fit terribly well spiritually... maybe something to do with how the family resolves arguments etc, and Caddie's tomboy upbringing.
It's very hard to pin down why this was a bit dull; after all, things happen like a threatened Indian attack - it could just be that the narrative was not good enough to make me care.
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There are fun stories about their adventures with the Indians, the Circuit Rider (traveling minister), Uncle Edmund's visit, school and just life in general living in the wilderness.
We especially enjoyed the chapter where her brother, Tom, made up a story. Caddie, Warren and Tom were plowing the field so to make it more interesting, one of them would plow while the other two sat by the fence and made up stories. Tom was the best storyteller so both Warren and Caddie wanted to hear his story. The main character in his story had some character flaws and we had a good discussion on him.
Since it was first published in 1935 (and written about like in the 1860's), the times were quite different than today. We had some good discussions on what was better about that time and the conveniences we have today that make life easier. It was also good to see the similarities and see that human nature is the same over time. There's a part where Caddie wants to run away and my daughter has wanted to do that a few times so it was good for her to see that even children that lived a long time ago had some of those same feelings and we were able to see how Caddie worked through her feelings. The family has a big decision to make towards the end. We each guessed what they would decide and were surprised somewhat by the outcome.
I wanted to revisit these wonderful characters again this winter--and I loved it once more.
It is a timeless book, and one you will cherish.