This is a Newberry award winner from 1935. Yes, we're going back aways on this one.
It's a charming story of redheaded Caddie who lives with her family on the Wisconsin frontier in 1864. It's a snapshot of about a year of her life and I learned lots about what life was like for people in that day and situation. Caddie is easy to love and so is her family. There are Indians, lost dogs, bad storms, berry picking, pranks, recitations, clock repair and more encapsulated in this little tome.
Is it easy to get kids to read children's historical fiction? No. But, I read this to my daughter at nigh over a few months and we both enjoyed Caddie's adventures and watching her grow. A nice literary fiction about frontier life and coming of age.
Worth a read? Yes.
Worth a buy? I'd rent it from the library.
Have you ever heard of or read Caddie Woodlawn?
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)