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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! (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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. END --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416940286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416940289
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By teachermd79 on June 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
While I get a little antsy reading frontier stories with their detailed descriptions of prairie life, the Woodlawn children's adventures and loving family provided a fairly interesting read. I enjoy Caddie's determination to be a tomboy, despite her mother's wishes, and I love that her father only encourages it. Caddie's bravery (when warning her Indian friends of a white men's attack), kindness (spending her entire silver dollar to cheer up on her motherless classmates), and eventual understanding (of her pesky little sister's loneliness and her own need to be a mature young lady in her own way) make this an inspiring book. I also like that the bully turns out to be not so bad, and that the Woodlawn boys learn "female" chores like quilting in order to spend time with Caddie when she decides to broaden her interests. I especially like Caddie's final thoughts: "How far I've come! I'm the same girl and yet not the same. I wonder if it's always like that? Folks keep growing from one person into another all their lives, and life is just a lot of everyday adventures. Well, whatever life is, I like it." The backdrop might be different, but the lessons and values portrayed in this book are just as applicable today.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia Owen on August 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The most remarkable thing about the book Caddie Woodlawn is that it is a true story! The real-live person named Caddie Woodlawn was 82 when the book was published by her grand-daughter in 1935. By writing down the stories told to her as a child, Carol Ryrie Brink captures her grandmother's life as a girl growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the 1860's. Caddie Woodlawn is a tomboy and likes nothing better than to go on adventures with her brothers Tom and Warren. She comes from a large pioneer family of seven children. Her older sister Clara is always acting more lady-like than she, and her younger sister Hetty is always tattling on her. Caddie has a fierce independent streak, and we discover what life was like on the frontier as we accompany her to school, and on visits to the neighboring Indian village. The book reveals the often tense relations between Native Americans and the European settlers. Because of her friendship with Indian John, Caddie alone is able to restore peace to her settlement by taking action before the frightenend white settlers attack the Indians. By the book's end, Caddie's refined cousin Annabelle comes from Boston, and Caddie the tomboy learns that maybe a few lady-like activities such as quilting aren't so bad after all. Any teen today will look up to Caddie for her self-confidence and bravery, and see their own rites of passage reflected in Caddie's experiences.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Camila on December 5, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Caddie Woodlawn is a very exciting book. I was always on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next. It keeps you in suspense the whole time. There are funny parts, sad parts, scary parts, and mad parts. I really enjoy it, and if you buy this book and like adventure stories, I know that you will like it too.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Caddie Woodlawn is an oft-overlooked childhood adventure of rural American life (in Wisconsin) during the Civil War. These true stories were told within the family by Caddie herself until her own granddaughter compiled them into a best-selling book around 1930. Don't let the date set you off - this is a real page turner with something in it for everyone. It has stood the test of time remarkably well.
Caddie and her family grew up in Boston, but made the drastic change to rural life a few years before the story begins. While Caddie's mother encourages a high level of civility in the rough wilds of western Wisconsin, her father is permitted to allow Caddie to grow up running around with her brothers because of concerns of a sister who died of consumption. Caddie is quite the tom boy in her pre-teen years, but what a delight to see her world through these eyes... adventures with curious Indians, a mischievous uncle, loyal siblings, school bullies and a simpler life. Especially touching is Caddie's relationship with her understanding father, whose unusual past is revealed in a surprising fashion to the children.
Great for children and adults (like me) who missed it the first time around! By the way, you can visit Caddie Woodlawn's house when you're in the vicinity of Menomonie, Wisconsin. There's not a lot to see, buy our family really enjoyed the experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Featherhead on August 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
The author's hymn of praise to her grandmother, in the tradition of the Little House on the Prairie books. Brink tells the story of her grandmother's idyllic childhood in 19th-century rural Wisconsin around the time of the Civil War. She pieced the story together from family memories, and the novel retains this patchwork feel. But a central thread concerning Caddie's tomboyish ways ties the lot together well, and the story has a satisfying resolution. The author herself was orphaned at age eight and raised by her grandmother, so she had plenty of time to absorb the stories.

Caddie's rural community lives in uneasy détente with an Indian tribe. Their only connection with civilization is a lumber company steamer that comes up the Mississippi several times a year; the steamer brings them the news of General Lee's surrender and subsequent assassination of Lincoln. Caddie (real name = Caroline) runs wild and free with her older brothers despite her mother's misgivings. Long ago, when Caddie was a baby, her father made an unusual request of his wife: give him charge of the girl. So while her younger sisters stay tidy at home learning feminine skills from Mother, Caddie learns her father's trade (mending clocks) and how to do farm chores. She spends most of her time outdoors, and by age 12 is ruddy and energetic, though rather ill-mannered.

One of the nearby Indians speaks some English, and Caddie befriends him. I must point out that the author's grasp of how Native Americans were forced to communicate is rather tenuous. For example, when Caddie expresses affection for Indian John's dog, he says, "You like him dog." It is highly unlikely that a pidgin English speaker such as Indian John would have used the objective case of the pronoun.
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