Week Eight of My #SummerofVintageKidLit – Happy Little Family!

by | Aug 9, 2019 | Books, Reading | 3 comments

I’m excited to begin week eight of my #SummerofVintageKidLit! If you haven’t yet heard about my summer reading challenge, you can take a look at my recent blog post that has all the details.

Last week we read Dancing Shoes, and you can read my quick recap in the comments of this post 🙂

This week, we’re reading Rebecca Caudill’s “Happy Little Family,” the charming story of four-year-old Bonnie, who is the youngest of five siblings and longs to have the adventures and advantages her older brother and sisters do. I’m not sure if it ever says when the story is supposed to take place, but I’m fairly sure it’s supposed to be the early 1900s or a bit earlier. I am looking forward to rereading this childhood favorite!

Here’s a summary about this book from Goodreads:

It is a good thing that mothers understand what no one else seems to when you are the youngest child in the family, and are finally four years old. Bonnie is more than ready to join her older sisters and brother in the many adventures she sees come their way, whether it be sliding along the ice, searching for arrowheads, or going on that journey of all journeys: across the swinging bridge to school. Winter or summer, something is always happening in the Fairchild house, tucked amidst the pine trees of the Kentucky hills one hundred years ago or more. And, four years old or not, Bonnie usually manages to be in the middle of the action!

Happy Reading! Feel free to discuss this book by leaving a comment below, or tweet about it using the hashtag #SummerofVintageKidLit! Or join my Facebook group to be alerted of all the latest posts.


  1. Christy Brizendine

    These were a favorite when I was little. My sister and I especially loved one of the sequels – Schoolroom in the Parlor. Such sweet stories!

    • Anna Rose Johnson

      Yes, these books are so sweet! I have always wanted to read Schoolroom in the Parlor; I remember enjoying Schoolhouse in the Woods. 🙂

  2. Anna Rose Johnson

    UPDATE 8/16

    This is *such* a delightful story. It’s so sweet and simple, and full of the most realistic nuances. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up reading the next book in the series as well 🙂

    My favorite chapter in this book is definitely the one where they search for arrowheads and try to win a particularly special arrowhead!


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