I am reading the series to my DD's, we are curently on the third book, On the Banks of Plum Creek. (Actually, that is the fourth book, we skipped Farmer Boy for now). The Plum Creek one is where they lived in the dugout, one of my favorite Little House houses.
At the risk of being accused of Caroline bashing, the books make her out to be sorta small minded and judgemental. It almost seems that Charles and the girls have to "work around" some of her issues. In the second book, where they live in "Indian Territory", she is pretty snippy about living near Indians and makes it very clear that she is "above" living in that fashion. I do understand that her judgements where all based on fear and ignorance, but it did put me in a position explaining to my children why "Ma" was so nasty about their neighbors. And with Mr. Edwards, she was very snobby, she did come around with him though.
I do love the books though, I bought "The Little House Cookbook" and we are playing around with frontier food. We had Pioneer Day in my town not long ao and we had a blast. I love that time period. My DD's are the same age as Mary and Laura, so they are really enjoying identifying with the characters.
Did anyone watch "Frontier House" on PBS? It was a reality show where three families tried to make it on the frontier. It was very entertaining and educational. I would love to have a copy, but won't pay 70.00 for the DVD's
But to answer your question, Caroline and all the pioneer women rock IMO. When she and Pa were building a cabin and a log smashed her ankle, she just went right on working the best she could. When Pa was gone, she slept in the rocking chair by the door with the gun, keeping the kids as calm as possible singing to them while she feared for their life. People accuse me of being snobby sounding at times, I guess I should let Caroline slide on this issue.