Caddie Woodlawn

Caddie Woodlawn


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Caddie Woodlawn, which has been captivating young readers since 1935, 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 1860s. And readers will discover, as Caddie learns what growing up truly means, that it is not so very different today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402504709
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/10/2002
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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.

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Caddie Woodlawn 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
at first my mother made me read it. now she has to pull it away to get me to stop!
ryan323 More than 1 year ago
I asked my daughter if she liked the book as much as her Little House on the Prairie books and she said YES! Better than!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am currently reading this bookin my 4th grade class I would totally reccomend this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
This story takes place in 1864, on the Wisconsin frontier. The book follows the adventures of a certain girl, named Caddie Woodlawn. She is a tomboy, who likes to run around wildly with her two brothers, rather than staying inside and doing the tasks that are expected of her, like sewing, knitting, and cooking, with her mother and her older sister, Clara. Living in territory where Indians are nearby, excitement is always brewing. There are fish to catch, rafts to paddle, fields to plow, and school lessons to learn. Caddie's adventures were loosely based on the author's own grandmother. I think that makes the book interesting, to know that some of the events actually happened, and that the characters were based on real people. I recommend this book for either boys or girls. I think it was quite a fun read, and good for any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome you have to read it!!!!!!!This book is now my favorite!!!!The librarian at my school thought I might be bored reading it but she was wrong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was required reading for me in elementary school in Chicago in the 80's. I loved it then and when my third grade daughter brought home a historical novel assignment, I immediately thought of Caddie Woodlawn. My daughter is a tomboy and I knew she would relate to Caddie. Because I wanted to read it again myself and because I expected there would be some vocabulary and points that required some explanation or discussion, I chose to read it aloud to her. We are both enjoying this book thoroughly and highly recommemd it.
DorothyNC More than 1 year ago
It is time for me to reread this one. I am 60 years old and remember reading this book when I was a young girl - and I rarely read books by choice in those days! I remember the adventurous Caddie, along with her brothers and the Indians, and I thought Caddie's father was the most wonderful man in the world. When my daughters were young, I insisted that they read it also, but I think it made less of an impact on them than it did on me. A great book and a great look look at American frontier life in the 1800s.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked Caddie Woodlawn. It really went deep into details and showed what a tomboy growing up during the pioneer lifestyle with the Indian tribes, and Indian John, and always playing with her brothers! I liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is similar to the Little House on the Prarie. I loved it. My mom had to make me put it down, something that rarely happens!
GrannyPatt More than 1 year ago
We read this book to our children in the late 1980's. We laughed out loud many times and loved some of the phrases so much they became favorites for some of our own situations. I wanted to read it to our granddaughter during this summer vacation, but couldn't find our old copy (one of the kids probably took it with them when they moved out). So I ordered a new copy. This spunky, loving, adventurous heroine is a refreshing role model and a delightful narrator.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite classic stories! I looooooooove Caddie Woodlawn!!!!!!!! This is even better than the movie they have out there. It's about a young girl growing up in the 1800's, and she is as tomboy as tomboy can get! She loves adventure and gets herself into all of these messes... it's really crazy! Caddie Woodlawn was actually a real person, which I thought was really interesting. I wonder how much of it actually happened and how much of it the author changed for the purpose of her story. I liked the part of the story when Caddie's snobby and stuck-up cousin Anabelle came to visit. I also liked Katie Hyman, and I'm mad that the movie gave her a much smaller part. She even died in the movie, and that doesn't even happen in the book. If you have watched the movie but not the book, I recommend reading the actual book... it's a lot of fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read. I would recommend it to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever doesn't like this book is CRAZY!!! It is very funny and well written. "Caddie Woodlawn's Family" is even funnier but not any more well written. -#lianahallik
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wht is this book about? I am afraid to read it because my brain goes 'boring book do not read' so can someone give me a little summary or something? Thxs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! zanehumor86
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher read it to us and it is amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book like three times its so good!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book easily gets five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caddie Woodlawn is a tomboyish, eleven year old girl. She is growing up in the year 1864 in western Wisconsin. Caddie likes running wild around the Woodlawn family farm with her siblings. She dislikes quilting, sewing and other ladylike pastimes. Caddie's bravery and loyalty is tested many times.many She befriends Indian John, who everyone else fears. She also helps prevent a prairie fire. Caddie, her friends, and her family learn many life lessons in this book. I really enjoyed this book. It was very detailed, but not confusing. It was also very relateable. The Woodlawns are very realistic characters. I would recommend this book, because it is exciting and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Its a great book for teachers!"+ read it now
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 clothes.
leepam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the moment I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. Caddie's adventurous and kind spirit had me engrossed from the beginning to the end. The story is set in Wisconsin during the Civil War. The Woodlawn family moved to Wisconsin from Boston; although the family is well established in their new town, mother misses Boston terribly and longs for the days when the little steamer comes in so that she can keep up with her family and news back in Boston. Caddie, the main character, is the third of seven children and loves to work outside with the boys. Throughout the story, Caddie is a tom boy and is very close with her two brothers, but her mother frequently reminds her that she must become a lady. Although Caddie has many adventures throughout the story, my favorite was when the town heard a rumor that indians were going to massacre them all and burn down their homes. They all go and stay at the Woodlawn's place. The men become impatient and decide that they are going to attack the indians before the indians can attack them. Caddie's father had befriended the indians especially Indian John so this thought made Caddie very upset; so Caddie went to Indian John to warn him. The indians, aware of the danger and the desire to remain peaceful, left the area; but, before they left, Indian John stopped by and left his scalp belt and dog with Caddie to keep until they come back. We see how kind Caddie is when she uses her silver dollar that she received from Uncle Edmund to buy the Hankinson children- whose mother left them because their father was embarrassed that he married an indian- candy, handkerchiefs, and combs just so that she could make them happy and smile. The conclusion was great... tears flooded my eyes when Nero (the family dog that went to live with Uncle Edmund and ran away) came home.
relientkatie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eleven-year-old Caddie's father encourages her to run wild with her brothers, much to the annoyance of their cultured mother. She confronts the school bully, fights prairie fires, and rides a horse across a frozen river. Then a letter arrives from England, her father's homeland, that may change the Woodlawn family forever. "Caddie Woodlawn" is one of my favorite books of all time. Caddie is a good role model for girls - sweet, spunky and brave. The supporting characters are a lot of fun, too, especially Tom and Warren. It's worth pointing out that this book isn't exactly politically correct by today's standards (mixed-race children are called "half breeds," for example), but the overall treatment of American Indians is positive and sympathetic. I'd recommend this title to children ages 9-12, especially those who enjoy the Little House books or the American Girl series.
anniecase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Old-fashioned it may be. But this story of a strong, unconventional girl in 1800s' Wisconsin is endlessly fascinating. Each vignette makes you want to read more. Even today, 20 years after discovering it, Caddie remains one of my very favorite children's books.
earyan2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read and I continue to recommend it. Truly a classic that has withstood the test of time.
eejjennings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read this wonderful book many times and imagined myself as Caddie making my way in the Wisconsin frontier and showing my brothers that anything they could do, I could do better. She was my childhood heroine.