Magical Melons


by Carol Ryrie Brink

Published: 1939

This book, the sequel to Caddie Woodlawncontains several new adventures of the Woodlawn family, based on the tales told to the author by her grandmother.

I actually like Magical Melons better than Caddie Woodlawn, and I’m not sure why.  I think it’s because in Caddie Woodlawn, the author seems to be trying to connect all the stories, but it doesn’t work very well, because they are all just individual vignettes.  But in Magical Melons, it’s as though Brink realizes this, and just tells each tale independently, and the whole book flows better because of it.

Overall, super happy little stories, fun historical context.  3/5.