- Age Range: 4 and up
- Grade Level: Preschool - 4
- Series: Fairchild Family Series
- Paperback: 107 pages
- Publisher: Bethlehem Books (June 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883937728
- ISBN-13: 978-1883937720
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Happy Little Family (Fairchild Family Story) (Fairchild Family Series) Paperback – June 1, 2004
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About the Author
Rebecca Caudill is the pen name of Mrs. James S. Ayers. Born in 1899, she writes about herself: One of eleven children, I was born on a rocky farm squeezed between the Black Mountains and the Poor Fork River in Harlan County, Kentucky (More About Junior Authors). A few years later the family moved to Tennessee. While she attended highschool, young Miss Caudill heard of college and decided to go to one. Having nary a penny to go on didn t strike me as an obstacle at all. She learned stenography, aided by an older sister, and with this skill, Miss Caudill was able to work her way through Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, the first Wesleyan student ever to work for her education. After receiving a master s degree from Vanderbilt University, she proceeded to see the world, doing teaching, office work and editing in such varied places as Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, and Nashville, Tennessee; and traveling throughout Europe. In Turkey, on the verge of signing a magazine-editing contract, she met another editor, James S. Ayers. They married and were to have two children. They lived in Urbana, Illinois, for many years.
Her books for younger children enlarge upon every-day pleasures and difficulties with a sense of wonder and freshness. Happy Little Family and the three further novels that trace the same family s life in succeeding years are fine representatives of the author s appeal to young readers. She has also written with charm for the youngest children in books like A Pocket Full of Cricket and A Certain Small Shepherd this last being a Christmas story, illustrated by William Pene du Bois. Mrs. Ayers died in 1985.
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Happy Little Family is the first of four books in the Fairchild Family series by Rebecca Caudill. HLF is a beautiful and idyllic opening to a lovely and life giving series that focuses in on the daily milestones of a just turned 4 year old pioneer and life on that early American farm.
While this first book follows the seasonal rituals and ways of life natural to the Fairchild, Watterston, Huff and Sawyer families, it specifically focuses in on the relationship between Bonnie and her father - a strong, loving, tender and wise farmer who is the special ally of his littlest girl.
This series and this book especially is a true celebration of traditional family values and the real dynamics of a happy but totally normal family. My young family got lost in this story and moaned every night when the chapter ended and we had to put the book down for another day.
An excellent book for family read aloud. Easily as enjoyable as Little House on the Prairie, Caddie Woodlawn, Understood Betsy, Betsy Tacy or Grandma's Attic. Equally enjoyable for brothers and sisters.
In terms of difficulty or intensity, it is a touch easier than Betsy Tacy. Comparable to Grandma's Attic or Understood Betsy. A wonderful introduction to Caddie Woodlawn or Laura Ingalls Wilder.
An excellent series to own with lovely sketch illustrations. An ideal series for grandparents to have for visits with grandchildren.
We're looking forward to reading the other three titles in the series - Schoolhouse in the Woods, Up and Down the River and Schoolhouse in the Parlor - due to be republished soon.