Adriana, Home School, Uncategorized

Caddie Woodlawn! Our New Favorite Family Read Aloud!

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

If you’re looking for a great family read aloud this summer season, this book won our hearts! I don’t know how I didn’t come across the adventures of Caddie Woodlawn sooner over the years, but am so happy we found this and shared in reading it together as a family. All the kids, even my 11-year-old, were drawn in to this classic story.

Caddie Woodlawn is a true adventurer. Her courageous, charismatic, down to earth spirit is contagious. Caddie’s story is special because it’s based on the life of the author, Carol Ryrie Brink’s grandmother, the real Caddie Woodlawn. Caddie is a headstrong pioneer girl from Wisconsin who along with her siblings moves from one thrilling adventure to the next. She’d rather hunt than sew, plow than bake, and bravely befriends the Native American Dakota tribe defusing a potentially deadly conflict with the settlers. Caddie’s story and family life is truly inspiring and uplifting.

One of my favorite theme’s of the book is Caddie’s relationship with her father and her struggle to fit into the confined expectations of what it means to be a woman. Her relationship with her father is extremely touching. He encourages her to be wild and free and to figure out her path in life.

“A woman’s work is something fine and noble to grow up to, an it is just as important as a man’s. But no man could ever do it so well. I don’t want you to be the silly, affected person with fine clothes and manners whom folks sometimes call a lady. No, that is not what I want for you, my little girl. I want you to be a woman with a wise and understanding heart, healthy in body and honest in mind.”

Caddie Woodlawn

For those that homeschool there are so many historical events in this book that you can explore further with your children; the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, Native Americans of the West, Pioneers of the West and many more. For further reading and projects we’ve used the books below as great resources and inspiration.

I hope you enjoy this award winning book as much as we did! Here’s to reading together and inspiring our children through history!

“Families – they’re our link to forever, lass.”

Caddie Woodlawn
Home School, Uncategorized

Ava’s Top Books Recommended for those ages 9-13

Looking for some great book series ideas for your 9-13 year olds? – Ava (my 11-year-old daughter) has put together a list of some of her favorites that are sure to encourage reading, inspire writing and take your kids on some wild adventures!

  1. Percy Jackson And The Olympians by Rick Riordan

This book is about a 12 year old boy who is the son of a god. Soon he finds himself on an adventure. With the help of two friends the adventure unfolds as they head across the country to retrieve Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt! Each book in this series has a new challenge filed with action, excitement and lessons on greek mythology. (5 book series)

2. Sammy Keyes book series by Wendelin Van Draanen

This book is about a girl named Sammy Keyes. Sammy somehow always gets into trouble, maybe because she lives illegally with her grandmother in a seniors only building. When she sees a man stealing money out of a purse, her life seams to get a lot more exciting! A modern-day Nancy Drew on many mysterious adventures. This series is filled with mystery, excitement, and adventure! (18 book series)

3. Explorer Academy by Trudi Truett

Explorer Academy is a book about a boy named Cruz who lost his Mom and is trying to keep her scientific formula out of the wrong hands. Cruz is invited to join an academy where they travel all over the world on missions. While solving mysteries for the academy and following clues to recover his mother’s secret formula, Cruz helps save Gorilla’s, talks with whales, explores archeological sites, ice caves and deserts. This book has adventure, science, underwater exploration, mystery and excitement! Explorer Academy is a great book series for boys and girls. (5 book series)

4. Framed! by James Ponti

Framed is about a boy named Florian Bates. Florian is only 12 years old, but the FBI needs his help! Florian is recruited by the FBI to help solve international mysteries with his observation technique called T.O.A.S.T. T.O.A.S.T, “The Theory of All Small Things,” is a method Florian created to help solve life’s little mysteries. With the help of his new friend, Margaret, Florian has to solve the FBI mystery and escape the bad guys! This is a funny and exciting series. (3 book series)

2. Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Spy School is about a boy named Ben Ripley. Ben is recruited into an undercover school where kids train to be spies. Ben is joined by his teammates on undercover missions all over the U.S.A to try to stop a secret organization. Stuart Gibbs is one of my favorite authors! He creates interesting character development combining humor with adventure. (8 book series).

Note: Author draws attention to environmental concerns regarding climate change and endangered species.

Wishing you and your children some exciting literary adventures that take you beyond your imagination and inspire seeking out new interests and information!