New Little Cabin

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A New Little Cabin

Caroline Quiner and her family must move to a new log cabin in Concord, Wisconsin. Will Caroline like her new home as much as she liked her little house in Brookfield?

The Caroline Chapter Books are part of an ongoing series of Little House Chapter Books.

When Caroline Quiner and her family are forced to move from Brookfield further west, ...

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A New Little Cabin

Caroline Quiner and her family must move to a new log cabin in Concord, Wisconsin. Will Caroline like her new home as much as she liked her little house in Brookfield?

The Caroline Chapter Books are part of an ongoing series of Little House Chapter Books.

When Caroline Quiner and her family are forced to move from Brookfield further west, Caroline, who will become the mother of Laura Ingalls Wilder, does her part as they settle in and make a new home.

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Seven-year-old Caroline and her family must leave their Brookfield, Wisconsin home and all their friends if they're to find enough affordable land to raise livestock and plant wheat and corn. Mother has a cheerful attitude and tries to make an adventure of the wrenching move to Concord, 30 miles to the west. Today's children will marvel that the journey was three days long—if it all went as planned. A wagon accident and wolves at night will make young hearts race and show the bravery demanded of children two hundred years ago. Part of the "Little House Chapter Book" series based on the novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this volume is Caroline #5, "for children who want to share in the frontier adventures of the Little House girls Laura, Rose and Caroline but who are not quite ready for the novel series." The dilution of the original story may account for a certain lack of focus, still, the hardships of frontier life and the courage and hard work of settlers large and small are present in this chapter of American's history. One black-and-white drawing per chapter will help readers visualize characters and setting. 2001, HarperTrophy, $4.25. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060285548
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Little House Chapter Bks.: The Caroline Years
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Chapter One

The Letter

Caroline lived in a little frame house in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She had two sisters, Martha and Eliza, and three brothers, Joseph, Henry, and little Thomas.

One day Mother told them she had heard that a letter had arrived at Mr. Porter's General Store. But Mother was too busy to go to town. And she needed Martha and Joseph to stay home and help with chores. So she said Caroline could go with Henry as he took Hog to town. She told Caroline to take Thomas along too.

“But Caroline is only seven years old! You're going to let her fetch something as important as a letter?” Martha asked in a huff. She was only two years older than Caroline but acted like she knew everything.

“Caroline knows the value of a letter, Martha,” Mother said. “I expect she'll have little trouble picking it up and bringing it home safely. Am I correct, Caroline?”

“Yes, ma'am,” Caroline nodded importantly with a sideways glance at Martha. “I'll be very careful.”

As soon as the frame house was swept and tidied, Caroline took Thomas's hand.

“You stay with your sister, Thomas. No running off,” Mother said. And then she turned to Caroline. “Be mindful of your brother, Caroline.”

“I will, ma'am,” Caroline promised.Outside the sky was a clear blue, but the air was chilly. Caroline hugged herself against the cold. She was glad she was wearing her heaviest long-sleeved dress.

Henry was already waiting. He waved and called, “Let's go!” as he led Hog onto the road.

As they neared the crossroads of town, the road suddenly grew crowded with men and boys driving their hogs toward wagons lined up on the mainroad. Henry hurried Hog toward the wagon to eat as Caroline and Thomas made their way carefully to the general store.

“Well, good morning to you, Miss Quiner!” Mr. Porter called as Caroline stepped inside. “And to you too, lad,” he added, nodding his shiny bald head at Thomas.“Good morning, Mr. Porter.” Caroline smiled up at the grocer. “Mother sent us to fetch a letter for her, sir.”

“Ah, yes,” Mr. Porter said, setting his pencil down on the counter. “I'll get it for you right away.”

While Mr. Porter searched for the letter, Caroline gazed up and down the shelves. She always loved coming to the general store. There were so many things to see: dishes and spices and pretty cloth and lace. And jars filled with candy. Her mouth watered as she looked at the two glass jars right in front of her. They held glistening sticks of peppermint and round wintergreen candies.

Thomas was looking at the same jars.

“I want one,” he said.

“Me too,” Caroline whispered. “But we can't have any.”

“Why?” Thomas wanted to know.

“Because they don't belong to us,” Caroline said, feeling very grown up. “And they cost money, besides. Now shush, Thomas.”

“Here you are, young lady.” Mr. Porter returned and slid a thin brown envelope over the edge of the crowded counter. “It looks like this one has traveled all the way from back East.”

“Thank you, sir,” Caroline said, taking the letter in her hands. She looked at the sprawling black script. The letters were curvy and connected, and she couldn't read one word.

“Please send my greetings to your mother.” Mr. Porter smiled down at her.

“I will,” Caroline promised. “Thank you, sir, and good-bye.”

As soon as they were outside again, Caroline took her little brother's hand and began to walk quickly. Henry was staying in town, and Caroline wanted to get home as fast as she could to see what was inside the letter.“Come on now, Thomas,” she said.

Thomas hurried along beside Caroline, trying his best to keep up. When they arrived at the frame house, Mother was alone, placing the top crust of a pie.“Goodness, Thomas,” Mother said with a laugh. “ Your cheeks are as round and red as apples!”

“Caroline goes fast,” Thomas said. “I go fast, too!” he added proudly. He looked at the pie. “Now eat!”

“Soon,” Mother promised, and then she turned to Caroline. “Did you get the letter?”

“Yes, Mother,” Caroline smiled proudly. “It's right here, safe and sound!”

“Good for you, Caroline,” Mother praised. She rubbed her hands on her apron and wiped away the flour and dough stuck between her fingers.

“I go outside!” Thomas said, bouncing up and down in place.

“Go ahead,” Mother agreed as Thomas raced for the door. “But don't go any farther than the barn.”

“Mr. Porter says it's from back East,” Caroline said, handing the letter to Mother. Maybe it was from her grandparents in Boston.

“He's right,” Mother said. She looked at the writing. “But it's not from Boston.”

Mother slid the knife through the edge of the envelope and pulled out a single sheet of paper.

“Who's it from?” Caroline asked.

Mother didn't answer. Her eyes darted from one line to the next. As she read, her hands began to tremble a little. Caroline knew that whatever was in the letter was not good news.

“Please, Mother,” Caroline asked quietly. “What's happened?”

Caroline knew she shouldn't ask any more questions. But Mother had the same look of fear and worry on her face that Caroline had seen only once before: the terrible day when Uncle Elisha told them that Father's ship had been lost at sea and he was never coming home again. That had been two years ago.

“Please, Mother,” Caroline begged. “Say what's wrong!”

Mother was silent a moment. Then she knelt down in front of Caroline.

“We are going to have to leave our house, Caroline,” Mother said...

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