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The narrative mode of 'Laddie' may prevent an easy suspension of disbelief to some readers. It is told in the first person by the eight- or ten-year-old Little Sister but from the later position of adulthood.
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About the Author

Gene Stratton-Porter (1863-1924), American novelist and naturalist, was born on a farm in Indiana and became one of Indiana's best-known authors. Writing fiction to support her passion for observing natural habitats, she also wrote non-fiction works that extensively dealt with birds, flowers, and other natural wonders. She fought for the conservation of the Limberlost Swamp and took up other cases of public welfare as well. A Girl of the Limberlost (1909) and Freckles (1904) are two of her most famous works. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (April 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429766204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429766203
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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In my life, this is one book I'm VERY GLAD I READ!!!!!!!
Harold C. Smith
Great characters and story line and had me laughing on several occasions from the sheer honesty of the characters.
Lizbeth Hall
I received the book as a birthday gift and loved reading it.
Nancy T. Galloway

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read this story aloud to my 10 year old daughter and 11 year old son. We laughed, we cried, we wondered what would happen next, we were oh so sorry when the book was done. My kids said it was their all time favorite of the many many books we have read aloud together. This is the kind of story that inspires great character and kindly behavior....something that is sadly lacking in most modern liturature for the young. Well worth reading, alone or aloud.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
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Laddie was my most beloved book as a pre-teenager. I absolultely loved the world portrayed, and with each rereading (17 readings in all) I was more caught up in the world of Little Sister (what was her name? We never do find out, do we?) I'm thrilled to see that it's available, as my old copy is in tatters, with pages missing and held together with a rubber band.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Senora Gose VINE VOICE on October 15, 2005
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I chose this classic to read because it was listed as a "must-read" in the book A Thomas Jefferson Education to help parents and teachers learn how to mentor their children through reading of the Classics. I haven't yet finished it, but every spare minute I have (which is hard with three toddlers in the house!), I'm devoting to find out Little Sister's next adventure. I can't wait to see what happens with the Princess and Laddie, and am so glad when things go well for the family.

So vivid a story, I am pleased to be reading this as an adult. Somehow I wasn't required to read it in public school growing up, and therefore just didn't.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L W Storyteller on April 20, 2008
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I'd never heard of or read Laddie until I reached 39 yrs of age, and though it seems it was written for youth I can think of many adults that would benefit from taking in such earnest literature. The cynical part of me wants to call this book dated, but in truth I find the story's lack of modern day cynicism refreshing. Enjoy this hidden jewel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
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Gene Stratton-Porter books figured heavily in the world of my childhood. I loved all of them, but a special place was always reserved for Laddie. I have no idea how many times I read it. This look at the lives and personalities of an Indiana farm family provides a glimpse of a world no longer existing. The emphasis on God is a little heavy, but it is seen through the eyes of a fascinating child, and probably illustrates moral values and issues of the time and culture accurately.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pamela E. Long on September 19, 2008
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LADDIE was one of my favorite books as a child, and reads just as well as an adult. Gene Stratton Porter books maintain their interest and character even in today's world. This kind of book illustrates life in an America that is, sadly, lost forever.

I was one of those who wanted to BE Little Sister, and a part of that world. Like others, I have read it a multitude of times. The writing is magical.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harold C. Smith on December 2, 2006
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By far the author of Laddie (Straton-Porter) is an outstanding story teller. Its warm, entertaining, one of the best books anyone could ever read for themselves or to their young children!!! In my life, this is one book I'm VERY GLAD I READ!!!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susie Lynne on March 11, 2008
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I loved this book. What a great example of good old-fashioned character and family values. My family and I love these kind of books for family reading time. What a great way to teach character.
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