12: Caddie Woodlawn


In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys we discuss the 1936 Newbery Medal winner Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink! Grab a grande cup of coffee and a bag of Snickers and journey back with us to life on the Wisconsin frontier in the 1860’s!

Show Notes:

  • Mandy takes a break from her vacation to record this episode with us.
  • We share what books we have been reading and are currently reading.
  • Books News!
  • Mandy shares her experience trying to find Caddie Woodlawn at Barnes and Noble.
  • Team Friendship sells the Newberys?
  • We discover that Leah’s information on Carole Ryrie Brink is not quite accurate.
  • Team Friendship field trip to Caddie Woodlawn’s Farm!!!
  • We discuss how the themes in this book are very advanced for it’s time.
  • Mandy’s review of this book: “It has a good flow.”
  • Snapshots of childhood
  • Turkey for days!
  • Lauren shares her true feelings about Caddie’s mom
  • We need more men like Caddie’s dad
  • Caddie’s kindness and selflessness toward the Native Americans
  • There is more than one way to be a lady
  • Dealing with the loss of a sibling/child
  • Kindness toward younger siblings
  • Racism and what can happen when we allow fear to foster hatred
  • Nationalism
  • Lauren’s clumsiness
  • Nero’s Journey
  • Dealing with stress as a child
  • When our help is not actually helpful/attempting to “American-ize” the rest of the world
  • Lauren is intimidated by technology
  • More technology = less privacy
  • This book gets two fist bumps from Mandy
  • Comparing Caddie Woodlawn to The Little House on the Prairie and American Girl books.
  • Lauren lists the Newbery Honor books from 1936 that lost to Caddie Woodlawn.
  • We announce our next book! This book is our first listener recommendation!

Links related to this episode: 

Amazon link to purchase The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls – http://amzn.to/2yjT1rN

Amazon link to purchase Wonder by R.J. Palacio – http://amzn.to/2ylV6n6

Amazon link to purchase Wishtree by Katherine Applegate – http://amzn.to/2Ay3otC

Amazon link to purchase Solo by Kwame Alexander – http://amzn.to/2Av6UVk

Katherine Paterson’s new book! http://www.candlewick.com/cat.asp?browse=Title&mode=book&isbn=0763695084&pix=y

Kwame Alexander’s new Facebook show Bookish – https://www.facebook.com/BookishShow/

Caddie Woodlawn’s Home – https://midwestweekends.com/plan_a_trip/family_friends/travel_with_kids/caddie_woodlawn.html

Our personal contact info: 

Leah – https://www.instagram.com/leahranjel/

Mandalay – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalay/

Lauren – https://twitter.com/Graciefirstborn

Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound
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