Litt Hse Brookfield Paperback – Apr 18 1996
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From School Library Journal
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
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Caroline showed a lot of heart with her sister like Laura did with Mary when they grew up. I like the way Caroline, like Laura, took charge. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2000
While I would recommend this book to Little House junkies, it is not at all up to the quality of Laura Ingalls Wilder or MacBride's books. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2000 by Kathleen Cobcroft
I really liked this book because I am a historical book frek, Ilike the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, It is enterasting to read aboutLaura`s ma when she was little, and I likes this... Read morePublished on April 27 2000
I found this book very interesting. It is very well written and like Laura, and Roger did, it put me in Caroline's place. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2000
I loved reading this book! It gave so much attetion to detail,like how Caroline felt about the hardships she was going through. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 1999 by Jen