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I'm writing this during the Covid-19 quarantine. As I scroll through social media, I see lots of families planting vegetable gardens and posting pictures of their new baby chicks and their quaint self-built chicken houses. I'm in no position to judge the scope of this phenomenon, but it does turn my thoughts to Laura Ingalls Wilder's first book. In some ways, Little House in the Big Woods was a how-to manual for self sufficiency. Even as a kid, I was fascinated by how Ma made straw hats for everyone, the butchering and smoking of meats for the winter, milking and butter churning. I'm so glad the author recorded her childhood memories of a time when taking care of the family was a full-time job.
Though I have fond memories of this series from when I was young, and I read the entire series with my daughter, I caution anybody who sends your child off to read these books alone to be aware of the racism against Native Americans and African Americans in this series. Yes, it is a great series to share together to imagine what it must have been like to be a child of white pioneers, but there is a big part of history missing and/or misrepresented. A great opportunity for discussion.
The book was very fascinating and well written, it really gives readers a thorough insight of what life was like in the past. It is appropriate and suitable for readers of all ages. Through the perspective of Laura, who is also the writer, the novel brings us through her upsetting and deep livelihood. I would recommend this book to tweens aged 11-14. "Little House in the Big Woods" was a very satisfying yet deep and realistic read. I would encourage younger audiences to read it. @SecretBlossom of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
read this as part of the 300 books everyone should read once collection on Listopia. my daughter (age 4) and i read it together as she waited for her preschool bus each morning. sometimes i wasn't sure if she was listening, but she remembered things even days later. when we finished it she did ask for another laura and mary book. so perhaps we can create even more memories together. i did enjoy the rich vivid detail more this time. i think this is just the type of book that needs to be shared to enjoy it properly
I was surprised, my 5 year old loved this book. There are enough pictures to keep her engaged but the descriptions are so good that some pages she would act out.
5 stars. :)
This book is soooooo good! I feel like it allows you to go back to when there was no tv, video games, computers or anything hightech. The only light was from kerosone lamps and candles. This book tells the start of a long story, to a little girl's life.
The series is a stark cautionary tale about the necessity of inherited wealth, and the futility of independent efforts by bootstrapping pioneers, lured in by the promise of land ownership from the government that stole it.
Like Annabelle said, this is a wonderful book that shows what life was like in the 1800's. It explains what they did throughout the year. This is a family that works together and overcomes their struggles. A great book that youngsters can read on their own, but it's more fun to read out loud as a family.
Wonderful, interesting perfect for finding out what life was like in 1800's
Wholesome young adult book. Book one in the series. Introduces Laura and her sisters Mary and baby Carrie as well as Ma, Caroline, and Pa, Charles. Reflects the life in the late 1800's. Good Christian read. B -----Midas the Madman (PAY ME JACK!)
Read this series aloud to my daughter and we both loved it. I loved reading it as a child, but now I'm 40 years old and I love it in a much deeper way. I've cried tears at the beautiful simplicity and goodness of their life and their pioneer spirits. This is a perfect series to start with your child when he or she is 8 years old, or even 9 years old. When kids are 9-10 years old they need to explore how to take care of themselves in the world, and how humans create their survival out of the natural world. This is the perfect series to explore at that time. I think much of the interest for kids is found in how one could survive if one had to without all the modern technology, trappings. And, to learn that there was a long ago time where people were inventing things like grain separators and railroads! Isn't it fantastic to learn self reliance? It's very empowering!
This series very exciting! i have the whole series, i'm not quite finished the series yet. its amazing to see what people used to do back then, i wish people were like that still.
I'm rereading these books. I read them when I was pretty young and it's so great picking them up again. It's amazing what people did back then to survive. I feel like they knew how to do everything. This is a perfect book for all ages.
I got this out in order to share a book from my childhood with my daughter. The book is valuable for its depiction of what life used to be like for those living off the land in the 19th century, which is unimaginable for children today. However, it also depicts a lot of the ugliness of that culture: there are scenes of expectations and punishments for children that would be considered horrific child abuse today, and includes at least one revoltingly racist olde-tymey fiddlin' song (I haven't finished the book yet). I would recommend that parents discuss these passages with their children, particularly young children who don't yet have a context for these passages.
i would always read this series in garde 4 buut then i never found them cant believe i found them again i am so happy cant wait to read them again
This is one of those books that you read when you were young and you come back later and read, either to your own child or by yourself. While it reminds oneself how much simpler life was almost 140 years ago, it also reminds one that it was also a much harder existence because one had to make everything one ate and wore; there was no grocery store to get butter, cheese, milk and bread and one couldn't just hop in ones car to go and get a new outfit at the local store. Its an enjoyable read at any age.
This book brings back THE best memories of childhood reading for me. I loved the whole series, and still do.
This first book in the series embodies exactly what I love about domestic fiction: there are so many descriptions of daily life that I could use this set of books as my post-apocalyptic survival guide. Although if I wanted to make head cheese I’d need another reference book to tell me what pot-liquor was.