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The Little House books have captivated millions of readers with their story of Laura Ingalls, a little pioneer girl growing up on the American frontier. Now travel back to the generation before Laura's and read the story of Caroline Quiner, the little girl who would grow up to be Ma Ingalls in the beloved Little House books.The little town of Concord, Wisconsin, is bustlinThe Little House books have captivated millions of readers with their story of Laura Ingalls, a little pioneer girl growing up on the American frontier. Now travel back to the generation before Laura's and read the story of Caroline Quiner, the little girl who would grow up to be Ma Ingalls in the beloved Little House books.The little town of Concord, Wisconsin, is bustling with new settlers from the East. Caroline is now eleven years old, and she can't wait to go to the town's new school. Her days are full with classes, chores, and harvesttime. Wisconsin has its very first state fair, and Caroline becomes friends with a fiddle-playing boy from accross the river, a boy named Charles Ingalls.Across The Rolling River is the fifth book in the Caroline Years, an ongoing series about the adventures of another girl from America's favorite pioneer family....

Title : Across the Rolling River
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ISBN : 9780064407342
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Number of Pages : 254 Pages
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Across the Rolling River Reviews

  • Rachael
    2019-05-25 14:26

    * originally posted at*The Caroline Series is odd in the fact that it switches authors midway through the series. Maria D. Wilkes is the author of the first four books and Celia Wilkins is the author of the last three. After reading several books by Maria D. Wilkes I was used to her writing style. When I started Across the Rolling River I wasn't sure I was going to live Celia Wilkins writing style. Since these are children's books and are made for a younger audience I try to think like they would if they were reading this book because I know I'm way older than the targeted audience. At the beginning of this I just thought the author was way over descriptive, explaining things that didn't need to be explained, and dumbing down the reading experience. As the book progressed I noticed the descriptive writing less and less. For that I was grateful. This book did not hold my attention as much as the last one did. The author begins the book with Charles Ingalls and Caroline Quiner meeting. You will probably never hear me say this, but I hope the author got their meeting wrong. I hated the way they met. I hope they met at church or somewhere else besides where they met in the book. Then the book moves on to talk about Miss May coming to live with the Quiner family. Miss May is their teacher. I enjoyed those parts because I liked Miss May's personality. Martha finally becomes a better character because she was finally growing up and I can see her getting married in the next novel. From my previous review of On Top of Concord Hill we know that Martha marries Charles Carpenter which is talked about often in the novel because his family was neighbors with the Quiner's when they lived in Brookfield. I don't know if that is all true. There is a possibility that Martha and Charles could have met at an older age, but it does make more sense for them to have a past relationship before they eventually get married. Caroline's other siblings kind of faded into the background in this book. There is Joseph, Henry, Eliza, and Thomas. Although their names were mentioned from time to time they weren't really doing anything. Caroline was twelve years old in this book and as always is the main character of the story and she was as curious and helpful as ever. Overall I liked this book, but had a few things I didn't like about it. I still thinking learning about Caroline Quiner's life is really interesting and I will be reading the 6th book Little City by The Lake soon.

  • Rea K
    2019-06-08 13:05

    WE GOT TO MEET CHARLES INGALLS. *squeaks* Ahem. I think it was nice to see how he might have been as a kid. Going by Charlie and all. Playing fiddle. Wanting to travel. Wisconsin had it's first state fair. It was really cool to read about all the things that were there. Man. There wasn't a single chocolate coated food on a stick. I thought it was interesting, especially seeing the setting up for a photo. Definitely makes sense as to why those folks look so grim and didn't do candids. Sitting still for five whole minutes? The dead sit still the best for those. Ha. Guess that's why photographers made it their business to shoot dead people. We met Aunt Docia, but of course, she's not Aunt Docia yet, she's a little shaver. Six. I'll figure out sooner or later which one Aunt Docia is, but I *think* she might be the one from The Shores of Silver Lake. Otherwise she's from Little House in the Big Woods. Of course, being that there are only two books with relatives (that I recall) it's such a big thing to narrow it down to those two. We fastforwarded a bit prior to the beginning. I think it went from 1849 to 1851. Caroline is twelve. Well, eleven going on twelve. I really liked this one. The tidbits of history. THE WISCONSIN HISTORY. I do appreciate books that take place in my home state, particularly in the country. It's such a nice change from the big cities. I'm glad Celia Wilkins took us to the first State Fair. I've lived here my whole life and never went to the State Fair. Only one of the local county fairs. The only county fair I've ever gone to is one of the largest in the state, even though it doesn't get good bands for the grandstand. I can just imagine what it was like as a baby fair.

  • Naomi Sarah
    2019-05-23 10:09

    ""I'll get you next time, Caroline Quiner," Charlie said on his way back to his seat. But he did not say it in a mean way. He gave Caroline his friendly grin, and his sharp blue eyes held a twinkle."Gah, I LOVE this book. I have loved it for such a long time. You know, young Charles Ingalls must have been my first crush. That quote up there explains why. :-) His grin. :-DGah, reading this book again felt so good. I love how they made Caroline and Charles' relationship - not as lovers (because that would be ridiculous - they're like, 12 and 16), but as competitors in spelling bees and friends of siblings. I love the whole relationship between the two big families - Caroline's big family and Charles' big family. I have a big family, and I know how lovely it is when two big families with siblings of similar ages get together and have loads of fun. It's also so nice to know that there were three Quiner-Ingalls couples.I want to live in that world.

  • Ashley Perham
    2019-06-16 11:22

    Okay, for several reasons, I only planned to give this book four stars, but certain lines won me over! Also, the fact that Caroline's spelling is highlighted in this book is awesome because that is so me! But first, the issues: 1) the new author was a little bit jarring. She wasn't that different I guess, but it's still a new author. 2) Why do they skip so many years between books? I guess it was to help the new author not be so noticeable, but still! Charlie completely won my heart! And he's actually not in the book a lot! Just little things he said and did and how he made Caroline giggle! I ship them soo hard, not as hard as Martha and Lew, but hard! I recognized a few Ingalls names from Little House in the Big Woods too! This was a sweet book, like the others in this series, and I can't wait to see Laura and Charlie's relationship develop more!

  • Leona Ruth
    2019-06-10 14:13

    I enjoyed this book very much. The only warning that I have is that it did have a bit of romance into it, not with Caroline, but some older teens were 'making eyes' at each other.

  • Jaime Krause
    2019-05-18 17:12

    When the book begins, it's 1851 and Caroline is 11 years old. Her 12th birthday does take place here.School has been opened but a new schoolteacher is coming - Miss May. And, as per board policy (and in all honesty, it's pretty awesome to see that school boards were established even in rural - nix that, farmland - areas in the 1850s), a family has to board the teacher. For the fall/winter term, the Quiners board Miss May. And they are all too happy to have someone replace the nasty one from the spring term.The Ingalls have moved from New York (then Illinois) to across the river from the Quiners. It makes me smile to know Caroline and Charles met at such a young age and that they were able to establish a playful friendship first. It makes me grin.What is neat is that Miss May is also from NY - Albany to be exact. Caroline thinks of her as a "modern woman" for crossing the Erie canal and then additional states before settling for a stint in Wisconsin all by herself. Where a teacher is needed, she will go.What I like is the reminder that Caroline's own mother is "modern" as well, for there were many states at that time in which a woman was unable to purchase her own property as Charlotte did.Miss May brings about a unique contrast between city and farm life, one that again is tough for me to get my head around seeing as it's the 1850s. In Albany, she didn't worry about making much because most supplies were able to be purchased. She doesn't like sewing and knows about sewing machines and safety pins. She's aware of the slavery issues and even brings along Frederick Douglas' book (which I definitely didn't remember was from 1851; I just remember hating how boring and dry it was). She also talks about surprise visiting during the winter months.It also jarred me to have her say her grandfather was a schoolmaster in England but three seconds later I felt a bit stupid. Of COURSE her relatives are from overseas!Then I'm amazed at how students made their own notebooks, and how they compared to store-bought ones.I also like Caroline's growth, particularly as puberty begins to hit. She understands Martha more, has different perspectives about the world around her...and the cover art has shown this growth as well, elongating her features and all. One of the townswomen, Mrs. Spivey, is not the kindest person. She is unwelcoming, judgmental, and arrogantly stubborn.Miss May handles her well. It's perfect!I like the idea that each family was required to bring a stack of firewood for each child attending the schoolhouse per term.The first Wisconsin State Fair takes place and there is talk of plank roads, but I don't remember them being popular even in the regular Laura Ingalls Wilder books.I LOVE the idea of a one-time payment for all-you-can-eat supper!Charlie Carpenter and Martha are beautiful together and make me giddy.Caroline thinks that adults must be sad that they can't play in the snow.As an adult, I hate the snow a lot more than when I was a child. I tolerate the cold less now and just find it less fun. *laughs*It's a bit odd, IMO, that Miss May opts to go around the horn instead of across the land when going to join her brother in CA.

  • Marisa Maloney
    2019-05-21 18:33

    I read this book aloud to my kids ( 8, 6, 4) . Was probably our favorite in this series so far. Ingalls family moved in across the river. They also have a super cute teacher that is a great character!

  • Barbara
    2019-05-21 16:21

    Nicely written and best read in order, the series about Caroline's childhood continues. Understanding her childhood gives more meaning to her character as Laura's mother in the Little House books.

  • Anna
    2019-06-05 10:28

    Aww, Ma Ingalls as a sweet youngster in school and living in the woods with her family. And meeting future Pa, and his sisters! Love!

  • Rosa Cline
    2019-06-14 15:06

    This is the fifth book in the Little House books Caroline series. As with the others this fifth book was better than the first due to already knowing the characters and being able to just enjoy the storyline and being 'there in the moment' with them. A simple but heartwarming easy read, perfect to help drift your mind into another time and place before you have to go to bed. Love these books! In this book Caroline is a little older so this story does have a bit more 'story' to it. The school teacher comes and boards with them and through her gentle teachings that Caroline realizes the importance of school work and what teaching children. And thus wants to be a school teacher herself one day. Also in this book we (reader) is introduced to the Ingalls family. Charlie and his fiddle are introduced to Caroline and her brother in the woods as he is practicing his music. Then later on the two families, since they are the closest neighbors have fun times together.When I saw where the later books in the Caroline series was written by a different author than the first few books I was dreading reading them since I had gotten to know the way the first author writes etc. But if you didn't pay attention you would never know a different one wrote these. It was wonderfully done!

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-17 16:20

    The continuation of the tale of Laura Ingalls' mother, Caroline Quiner, as a child. At this point, the family is living in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, near the tiny village of Concord, and Caroline's new 'Pa' has built them a frame house. Everything is going well, they are boarding the new school teacher, Miss May, who is wonderful, and they have many new neighbors--including a fiddle-playing boy named Charles Ingalls.This was a fun entry in the series--very little strife and no tragedy, for once; just happy, busy family life, with an exciting visit to the state fair. Lots of descriptions of life at the time, though the author doesn't go into the exact detail that Laura did when, for example, she described how to smoke meat or make bullets. I kind of like that detail, and it was present in the Charlotte and Martha books, so maybe this author just doesn't like the style as much. Still, a light and enjoyable read.

  • Emily
    2019-06-05 14:08

    I love the Caroline Years. But I don't think that Celia Wilkins wrote the books as well as Maria D. Wilkes. I've always wondered why Maria didn't continue with them on her own. The book was still fun with Miss May as the teacher that Caroline becomes very close too,the excitement of the family going to the state fair,and also with the meeting of the Ingalls family as their neighbors. Caroline finally meets Charles. She hasn't yet started to really like him in this book. So I'm looking forward to re-reading the next book where Caroline goes to school in Milwaukee and has more fun and sees Charles again. That's a book that Celia got right!!!

  • April Brown
    2019-06-12 12:26

    What ages would I recommend it too? – Eight and up. Length? – A couple day’s read.Characters? – Memorable, several characters.Setting? – Real world Wisconsin 1851 - 1852.Written approximately? – 2001.Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready for the next novel in the Caroline years, as well as ready to read about her mother and grandmother.Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.Short storyline: Caroline, at age 11 finds both her true loves - her future husband, and education.Notes for the reader: An enjoyable novel that will keep you looking for more.

  • Allison
    2019-05-27 17:23

    - recently borrowed from library and re-read for the nostalgia, but I loved this book as a kid- I remember being especially enamoured with the very faint suggestions of future romance even when I was like, 11, even though I didn't think it was appropriate for my younger brother when he asked me, ever astute, "is she going to marry that boy on the cover?"- the book itself is very happy and ... tame, I guess? No disasters, tragedies, or other such miseries (other pioneer books I've read in the series, although more eventful, deal with depressing things)- Caroline writes in a journal in the book, and I also remember copying some of the short passages she writes in my own journal. Heh.

  • Kasey
    2019-05-26 14:18

    I really enjoyed this book in the series. It was very interesting to read about how Ma and Pa first met as children. I loved reading how it all started and thinking about how their lives would change in the future. I would greatly encourage Little House fans to read the whole little house series beginning with Laura's great grandmother, Martha, and ending with Laura's daugher, Rose. It was so much fun reading about the different times these women lived in. Rated three stars because it is way below my reading level so it is a entertaining fast read.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-26 17:26

    Fun little book. Enjoyed it more than expected. It was on my shelves for about 11.5 years before I finally read it. I think that back then this was the most recent Caroline book available and it was the only one I bought as it was the first with Charles in it. I am now sad I never bothered to get the last two books of the series when they came out, it seems they are now out of print and very expensive...

  • Sally Bruesewitz
    2019-05-26 16:31

    Eleven yr old Caroline Quiner growing up on a Wisconsin farm in 1851. It is interesting to read about the expectations children had in those days. The story follows Caroline over the year. A year in which she meets Charles Ingalls, her future husband. Recommended for 8yr olds and above, especially those that have read the original Laura Ingalls series. AR gives it a 5.6 rating.

  • Sadie
    2019-05-29 16:21

    Although this is a different author from the other book in Caroline's story, the feeling as stayed the same. I do enjoy learning about the frontier life and what all they had to do to just stay alive. It makes me appreciate what I have, but also mourns a little at the loss of knowledge of certain things.

  • Lisa Baker
    2019-06-17 17:20

    This has been one of my favorite Caroline stories. It followed the family to the first Wisconsin state farm, reunited the Quiners with the Carpenter family, showed us our first glimpse of her wanting to become a teacher (thanks to Miss May), and laid the groundwork for her future relationship with young Charlie Ingalls!

  • Lauri
    2019-05-26 11:18

    And now we meet Charles Ingalls. I liked how the friendships between Charles & Henry and Polly & Caroline are seen here. It makes sense that they would buy adjoining land one day in the future. It does still bother me that these books are RPF.

  • Natalie
    2019-06-02 15:24

    None of the "additional" Little House series have quite the flavor or authenticity of the originals, but this one was a fun read. I like that the series addresses the historical precedent of stepparents on the frontier, and makes it clear how fond Caroline was of her stepfather.

  • Amy
    2019-05-22 15:21

    Really enjoyed this book too, loving the whole series. Did make me a little sad that I wasn't getting to share it with my own kids - but someday. Still a fun un-winding, easy read which is always nice to have while you're in grad school.

  • Noelle
    2019-06-11 13:22

    'Across the Rolling River' is the first book in the Caroline Years that is really interesting. It's the one where Caroline meets Charles Ingalls! And, of course, I loved it. Everything seems to go right for the Holbrook family, after their many years of troubles; definitely a feel-good book.

  • Mary
    2019-05-25 14:15

    Not a bad book. Pretty good attempt to tell the story the way Laura Ingalls Wilder might have told it. I liked reading how Caroline met Charles and how there were things about her childhood that we did not know when we were growing up and reading the Little House books.

  • Joni Rupnow
    2019-05-25 17:27

    It did really bother me when the trip to the state fair only took 1/2 a day. It would have been 40 miles and they didn't go that fast by walking and by wagon. Other than that very bothersome fact, I liked it like all of the other books in the series.

  • Gl
    2019-05-20 16:21

    I am a huge fan of the Laura Ingalls stories!!! The tried and true Laura stories are by far my favorites, but when I came across stories of her great-grandmother all the way down to her daughter, I was thrilled.

  • Katie Loucks
    2019-05-19 18:13

    love this series!!!!!

  • Mary-Jane
    2019-05-31 11:32

    In this book, the Ingalls family moves to Concord, so Caroline meets Charlie. Caroline's family boards the Concord teacher Miss May which inspires Caroline to become a teacher.

  • Anna Bowling
    2019-06-11 18:22

    Really enjoyed reading this series growing up and even now that I'm older still love Little House books...

  • Lauren
    2019-06-03 14:19

    We met Pa!