Caddie Woodlawn: The Other Pioneer Girl


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May 5, 2018
Crossroads of America

Many of us are familiar with Laura Ingalls Wilder, but how many of us know Caddie?

This story provides a very interesting and engaging snapshot of the Civil War from a frontier family's perspective. Other than a mention of Father hiring a man to fight for him (a whole 'nother topic) and a brief bit about Abe Lincon, there's not much directly said about the war.

For me, it was a good reminder that the Civil War was not always front and center. It's easy to get wrapped up into the War in our mind's eye, but Caddie brings us back to the day in and day out of life in a very charming way.

Something to remember in our retelling of history. :smile:

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Jul 21, 2014
There is a Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park in Downsville, Wisconsin.

In 1857 John Woodhouse, with his wife Harriet and their five children, moved from the relative comforts of Boston to 160 acres of rugged Dunn County wilderness. One of the children was Caroline Augusta, who inspired "Caddie Woodlawn" in a book written by her granddaughter, Carol Ryrie Brink. The book won the 1935 Newbery Award for children's literature. It is considered a classic and is still a popular story read by thousands of children throughout the world.

This is Caddie Woodhouse's Home.

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Feb 5, 2017
I'm always dubious about a Newberry Award because it usually means death to your favorite character! In fact there is even a trope about it.

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