So Caddie Woodlawn has been made into a movie. It’s not bad… gets enough of the gist of it to really hook the kids in. After watching it, Tyler asked if it was a blockbuster movie. When I confirmed, he started to beg… can we buy it? Please, please?
Color me surprised that one of my favorite childhood books about an unconventional girl intrigued him enough, that when I idly volunteered that the movie was based on a book, that was much better and included more characters and many, many more adventures, he was excited to think he could share more adventures with Caddie and Tom. And when I confided that Caddie Woodlawn had been one of my favorite books as a child, and that I’d loved the book so much that I’d asked my mother for it and several others as birthday and Christmas gifts the year I was pregnant with Daija.
After dinner when it was time for him to do his nightly 20 minutes read and respond, I told him I had left something for him on the coffee table in the family room. I heard “Cool!” a few seconds later. After the first 20 minutes, he took a break and I showed him the Menominie River on our wall map of the US. Then he asked to read tomorrow’s 20 minutes
And Caddie is beloved, by another generation… after that twenty minutes of reading he asked if we could go to the Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park, in Dunn County Wisconsin. You know… on a vacation… the next time we have a three or four day weekend.
I think I’m going to spend an hour or two catching up with Caddie, myself.