Laddie, A True Blue Storyby Gene Stratton-Porter
Little Sister tells us the story of her brother Laddie, and the whole family is glimpsed through her loving eyes
Laddie, A True Blue Story (1913) by Gene Stratton Porter is a wonderful and semi-autobiographical novel of siblings, family bonds, struggles and loves, learning and nature, and the complex joys of growing up in the country at the turn of the past century.
Little Sister tells us the story of her brother Laddie, and the whole family is glimpsed through her loving eyes.
A classic uplifting tale of self-discovery for all ages.
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Laddie Stanton is a young man in his early twenties who lives with his parents, his younger brother Leon, and his younger sisters Sally, who gets married, Shelley, who goes away to music school, May, and "Little Sister," the youngest who simply adores Laddie. Their home is somewhere in Indiana, probably northern Indiana near the Limberlost region where so many of Mrs. Porter's books are set. There are also older brothers and sisters who have married and live in their own homes. The time must be late 1800s. The story is based on memories of Mrs. Porter's own childhood, and as the character who represents her, "Little Sister," is about seven and Mrs. Porter was born in 1863, it would make the time around 1870. The only modes of transportation mentioned are walking, horses, and trains--no automobiles, and there are references to the Civil War as something fairly recent. The mother and father reminisce how they married in Pennsylvania, moved to Ohio for a little while where they had encounters with Indians, and then came further west to Indiana to settle down. "Little Sister" narrates how the Pryor family has moved nearby from England trying to escape some deep, dark secret, and how Laddie falls in love with the Pryor daughter, whom he calls "The Princess." This is a really nice book that I enjoyed reading immensely. It is a bit slow at times, but the story is very pleasant. The Stanton family genuinely love and protect one another. They attend church and strongly believe in God. Morality, honesty, and simple kindness and civility are emphasized throughout. Other than a couple of curse words from Mr. Pryor, the bitter "village atheist," there is no bad language. And I am not alone in my assessment. The Book Peddler offers this book and says, "As with other works by this author, the dichotomy between the life of nature and beauty and that of 'the outside world' is the focus of this story. Subtitled 'A True Blue Story,' it's as memorable as Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost." Someone, whose name I failed to note, wrote, "Like Stratton-Porter, Little Sister was not meant for a life indoors. Her joy in life is being with nature, not living and working in confined rooms. This novel is a good one to read to understand Stratton-Porter's childhood and how it later affected her life and work. It is as important as a biography, because it is written by Stratton-Porter about herself."
A most beautiful story of a small town farm family. It is written thru the eyes of the youngest child of 12 in the family. She takes you thru all the good times, hard times, tragic times, etc. in vivid detail. It is truly like watching a movie. I could not put the book down. It teaches values sort of lost in today's world.
A childs view of God and life in another more innocent rural century.