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Litt Hse Brookfield [Paperback]

Maria D Wilkes
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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April 18 1996 Little House the Caroline Years

Spirit of the Western Frontier

Meet Caroline Quiner, the little girl who would grow up to be Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother.

It's 1845 in the bustling frontier town of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Five-year-old Caroline lives in a frame house at the edge of town. Caroline's father was lost at sea the year before, and her close-knit family is struggling to cope without him. Each day brings Caroline new responsibilities and new adventures as she strives to help Mother all she can.

Little House in Brookfield is the first book in The Caroline Years, an ongoing series about another spirited girl from America's most beloved pioneer family.

She’s known best as Caroline Ingalls, Laura’s Ma, in the classic Little House books.Now travel back in time to the 1840’s to the bustling pioneer town of Brookfield, Wisconsin.Caroline, who is just five, lives in a comfortable frame house with her mother, her grandmother, and her five brothers and sisters.Her father was lost at sea the year before, and the family is learning to adjust to life on their own. Caroline knows she must do everything she can to help the little family through this trying time.

Little House in Brookfield marks the launch of an on-going series about the adventures of Caroline Quiner, who would grow up to be Ma Ingalls in the Little House books.Written in the classic tradition of the Little House and the Rocky Ridge books, and based on diaries, letters, and other historical papers, these books offer a glimpse into America's adventurous past, as seen through the eyes of another girl from America's beloved frontier family.

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Grade 3-6?Set in the 1840s, when Brookfield, WI, was a frontier town rapidly increasing in population, this story is the first in yet another series of "Little House" books. It focuses on Caroline Quiner (mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder) as a six-year-old in a family of six children recently left fatherless. Their loving mother brings the grieving family through a difficult winter and into a springtime of hope and anticipation as they work together to cope with the great emptiness left by their father's death. The youngsters experience apprehension concerning the first day of school and the embarrassment of wearing worn clothing and shoes with holes. No matter what the difficulty, Mother and Grandmother kindly and firmly guide the children to accept and make the very best of their situation. They relish the special Christmas bread that Mother bakes and appreciate the kindness of helpful neighbors. As the family survives the hardships of rural-frontier life, they grow in strength, experience, and love for one another. The story works well as historical fiction, giving great attention to interesting details of daily events. Black-and-white drawings provide a clear extension of the text. This warm family story follows nicely in the style of the "Little House" books.?Toni Dean, Patchogue-Medford Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Maria D. Wilkes first read the Little House books as a young girl and has been fascinated by pioneer history ever since.She did extensive research on the Quiner, Ingalls, and Wilder families, studied original sources and family letters and diaries, and worked in close consultation with several historians and the Laura Ingalls Wilder estate as she wrote the Caroline Years books.She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Peter, and her daughters, Grace and Natalie.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A poor attempt to cash in on the original series July 24 1999
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Sloppy writing and a severe lack of editing make the book read as a hastily tossed-together piece written to meet a deadline for commercial, rather than artistic, purposes. The story is inconsistant and filled with random elements (such as the family having no meat--what happened to the pig they were raising in an earlier chapter?).
Much is made of the "oh, poor us, we're poor and suffering" without the sense of dignity, pride and self-sufficiency--or outright joy of life-- that fills the real Little House books. Instead the poverty aspect is hammered in over and over.
The content could have been interesting if it was made clear that the events were historically documented rather than contrived just to make a new book series. This book, and those that follow, also suffer from a basic lack of content--nothing much happens in most of them. Nothing drives the stories forward. Stagnent.
The writing seemed to 'talk down' to young readers in a way that the original series never did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laura Ingalls Wilder's Mother Nov. 5 2002
By A Customer
Imagine getting up every morning at the crack of dawn to a day full of chores and work. This is the life that Caroline Quiner knows. She is in charge of checking to see if the corn is ripe, feeding the chickens, collecting eggs, working on her sampler, and many other jobs. Although her life is full of hard work, she and her siblings Martha, Henry, Joseph, and Eliza still manage to have fun. They love playing games outside, especialy fox and geese, which they play in the snow.
Snow, however, is just the thing the Quiners are dreading. Many of their vetables were killed by an early frost, and their isn't much flour left in the house.The Quiners are determined to survive the winter though, and nothing is going to get them down!
I enjoyed reading this book because it was realistic and the description was great. It was interesting to read about Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother. If I could change one thing from the book, it would be to make it longer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start March 11 2000
By Philip
I loved "Little House in Brookfield," talking about the struggles and the hardships as well as the joys and the triumphs of frontier farm life. I only wish Caroline could come to life. Was she really like that? I can understand as an adult, but to me, it seemed like (and I know it sounds stupid) it wasn't Caroline in the book, it was Ma. I liked it when Caroline showed a little spark with her sister. Other than that, the book was well-written and great. I LOVED Martha. She's awesome! Overall, this book is, though not as classic as Laura and Rose, one that is fun to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming April 9 2000
The story is based on Caroline Ingalls at age five. Having lost her father at sea, the family struggles with just being able to find food but manages to maintain it's values and principals inspite of all the hardships. The small child must learn to understand and accept her world and all it's joys and trials, while discovering herself. This story offers a small look into life in the early 1800 but not nearly as well as the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Still, if your Laura books are wearing out, this is a very good substitute and being about Caroline's family, it ties in nicely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining and well written Sept. 25 1998
By A Customer
This book made for facinating reading. As an adult, I was not sure that I would enjoy the book as much as so many children have. Nevertheless, I found it extremely entertaining and engrossing. The author's attention to detail was impressive and made the book quite informative. Moreover, the book was truly heart-warming. I feel the author is to be commended for bringing so much emotion to the task of animating these historical figures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! March 28 2000
I really think that this book was great. You can get deeply into it, and it is intersting. It is also fun to read. Caroline Quiner, the main character in this book, struggles to help her mother all that she can. Her older sister, Martha, is a tomboy, and all the time wants to be with Caroline's older brothers, Joseph and Henry. Caroline has a younger sister and a younger brother, Eliza and Thomas. This book is absalutly excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love all the Little House books Aug. 8 2003
By A Customer
This is a wonderful story about Caroline Quiner--Laura's ma. Starting in her young childhood, it offers an absorbing and substantial but child's-eye view of what being poor and without your father is like: lonliness, fear, patched clothing, cornmeal pudding for breakfast, penny-pinching. But there is also joy and hope, and the close-knit family laughs and loves as they raise crops and take care of their hens and hogs. I loved it!
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