Little Town at the Crossroads
Little House S.
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|Format:||Hardback, 304 pages|
|Other Information: ||illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 05 February 1998|
Meet Caroline Quiner...the little girl who would grow up to be Laura Ingalls' mother. Caroline watches eagerly as new beginnings spring up overnight and more and more families move into the growing town of Brookfield, Wisconsin. There are all sorts of new, exciting things for Caroline to do! She marches in her first Independence Day parade, a circus comes to town, and new neighbors become special friends. But then the family has a chance to move to another farm. Will Caroline have to say ggod-bye to the little town of Brookfield?
Gr 3-6‘Fans of "The Little House on the Prairie" books (HarperCollins) will probably enjoy this new series based on the notebooks of Caroline Quiner, who later became the mother of Laura Ingalls. The stories are centered in Brookfield, WI, and spill over with details of life there in the 1800s. Wilkes's descriptive prose style sets an appropriate tone for this episodic tale in which chapters are strung together like a series of vignettes. The hard work of farming, family life, and the ongoing struggle to support the family from the land are vividly conveyed. Throughout, the underlying strength and importance of a loving family is emphasized. Characters are somewhat two-dimensional. Caroline is sensitive and wise for her years. Her mother, a widow, is a strong, understanding woman who struggles to raise her four children and run the household alone. The Quiner children get into mischief at times, but it's all very tame. Caroline's mother demonstrates her determination and courage at the end of the book when she announces that she will find land of her own after learning that she must leave her present home. This seems to set the stage for a sequel. The book offers extensive historical information and presents the possibility for interdisciplinary teaching.‘Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 15.0 x 3.0 centimeters (0.56 kg)|