The Little House Collection (Little House, #1-9)
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The Little House Collection (Little House #1-9)

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Little House in the Big Woods/Little House on the Prairie/Farmer Boy/On The Banks of Plum Creek/By the Shores of Silver Lake/The Long Winter/Little Town on the Prairie/These Happy Golden Years/The First Four Years (Little House Books)
Boxed Set, Box Set, 2700 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Avon Books (first published 1953)
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Vanessa
Like so many people, I read and loved these books as a girl. When my son was an infant and I was looking for something to entertain me during his marathon bouts of nursing, I decided to read the series again. I still found it immensely enjoyable, but with one striking difference: When I was a child, Pa Ingalls seemed like the coolest dad on the planet - he played the fiddle, made his own bullets and took his family on all sorts of adventures all over the unsettled west. As an adult, however, I t...more
Belinda
Aug 06, 2007 Belinda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: little girls with imagination
OK, so I'm a little generous with the whole Little House series. Sue me. But for me, as a child, they WERE "amazing," and here's why.

When I was in first grade in a tiny, tiny town in Arkansas, and hating school with the heat of a thousand suns, each member of the class was given identical packages at Christmas time. They were books. I'd been reading for a long time already, so loved a new book...but disappointment set in as my classmates who got their books first opened them before I had a chanc...more
Kathy
I read these as a young girl and loved them. That's about all I remembered about them, though. So I decided to read them again, and I'm so glad I did!

Reasons I loved these books:

1. They are clean and wholesome.
2. They teach responsibility and hard work.
3. They teach about gratitude and being happy with what you have instead of looking elsewhere for happiness.
4. FAMILY is emphasized and taught to be an important part of society. Laura's family is warm, loving, and kind.
5. After reading about all...more
Taylor
Okay, I'll admit it. I still re-read these. I just finished a ramble though the pioneer prairies with Laura and enjoyed it throughly.

I know there is an outcry about the treatment and representation of Native Americans in these books, not to mention women, African Americans, and children. But let's calm our politically correct minds for a moment and think about the treasure of literature these books are. Specifically, they are WONDERFUL for educating young people about how people of color, minor...more
Larissa
These books taught me to fall in love with reading. Not only did these books teach me so much about life in general *such as how to make cheese from scratch* but they really just expanded my worldview as a child. I have a great sense of nostalgia when I think of this series. But more than that, I feel that Laura Ingalls Wilder had such a gift for storytelling. Her literary voice is just beautiful. The stories were humorous, and touching, and you always wanted things to turn out for the best for...more
Stacy
I started my youngest on reading this series and then thought, "I should really read these again." It's been years but they are still just as magical and wonderful as the first time I read them; although I have way more respect for what it must have been like to do the work I do every day in the home but with no technology or ease. I love the simple writing style that tells the story of growing up on the frontiers of Minnesota, and Dakota territory. The wonderful part about these books is that w...more
Laura Morrigan
From my blog: http://rosesandvellum.blogspot.com/

When I was a little girl, my father used to read me these books. It has been a really long time since then and I can hardly remember most of the stories from the book, but I still remember the sense of excitement and adventure in these books. Laura and her family were pioneers, and as a young girl she met each move with a sense of adventure and openness to the world. I also loved that the girl was called Laura like me.

These stories are a true test...more
Lori
Most people love these novels, and I can't for the life of me understand why. I was given the collection growing up and read them, but I never cared much for them and never re-read them.
Angela
I used to listen to these books as my mother read them. My mother got them as a child they kept their gifts in the attic inside their pillow case. My mother snuck up into the attic every night to read her books she had not received yet. She loved them and still reads them to her children to this day.
The books themselves are well put together have pencil drawing and explain a lot about the early american heading south. Laura is wonderful at describing the suroundings as she moves through the sta...more
Lisa
I have, ever since I was 8 and received a box set of the "Little House" books, adored each and every single one of them. In over 20 years, my feelings towards these books haven't changed one iota. They are easy to read, and chock full of information about life as a young pioneer girl. How many times did I wish I could taste Ma's vanity cakes, or see Mary's college dress in person? These books are so fascinating, for anyone remotely interested in history, that it makes it impossible to put them d...more
Joanne Ishmael
My husband found this collection in a used book store and bought it for me as a Christmas gift. He knew how much I loved these books, and that I had this same collection as a child (my mom gave me this same set when I was 9 or 10). I tore through all of them at record speed, and loved them as much as ever. The day to day life of the Ingalls family, their struggles, and triumphs, brought me back to being a little girl in love with these books. The saddest part however, was, that aside from the fi...more
Tenya Ingalls
Of course I'm obligated to like all these books since Laura is a relative.

Actually, I liked them all before I was related to her by marriage. How was I to know when I read Little House in the Big Woods that Uncle Peter and Aunt Eliza would one day be the great-great-great-grandparents of my children?

This is still one of the most informative and well-written chronicles on the era of westward expansion in the United States. I also have it on good authority that well-read people around the world ar...more
Vicki
The first book and a couple after were read aloud to my class in third grade by my wonderful teacher, Miss Genevieve Emrich. Truly a childhood classic, even though I have read a lot of criticism of the series in my years teaching children's literature. At the time, it was magical.
Grace
These books were the best i ever read! LOVE THEM!!! they are awesome!
Mary
Dec 20, 2010 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children & Adults from 8 to 80+
Recommended to Mary by: Miss Brown - my fourth grade teacher - one of the best gifts she ever gave me.
The Little House Books were the first series of books I read as a young girl. It is a wonderful series for children and adults alike. It is very interesting to read what life was like in the 1880's in the early years of our country. It was interesting to read in my childhood, but even moreso today in a sense. I thought things were so advanced in the years I was a child - but children today have things that I didn't have and of course none of the things in our lifetimes were things that Laura and...more
Laurel
I absolutely ADORED these books as a little girl. I just finished revisiting each book in the series, and I think I enjoyed them even more as an adult. It's a wonderful look at American life in the Midwest as the first pioneers settled in what was then unknown territory. I loved hearing about their adventures as they traveled from one new settlement to another, and of all they overcame along the way. It's near impossible not to fall in love with the Ingalls family, who are each filled with such...more
Virginia Bennett
I love each of these books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am continuing to read related books by other authors as I am studying what characteristics made up the American Spirit during the great expansion when Americans were Homesteading and during the years following.

I was very impressed with the attitudes and character of each member of the Ingalls family and of Almanzo Wilder. They had a love of family and of God. They believed in being their best no matter what was happening in their liv...more
Carolyn Bunkley
Apr 24, 2011 Carolyn Bunkley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
I've read all the books in this set may times over. I've also read other Wilder books, as well as those by her daughter, Rose. Love them all!

From Wikipedia:
Little House in the Big Woods (1932)
Farmer Boy (1933) - about her husband's childhood on a farm in New York
Little House on the Prairie (1935)
On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937), a Newbery Honor book
By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939), a Newbery Honor book
The Long Winter (1940), a Newbery Honor book
Little Town on the Prairie (1941), a New...more
Melody
After a couple of days immersed in this series for the first time in I don't know how many years, I'm left bemused in a lot of ways.

From a historical standpoint, there's little else out there for kids that is this rich and complete. The everyday details that make up a pioneer life are lovingly dwelt upon in a way that's just far enough removed that even the littlest reader doesn't panic. After all, if they all starved to death in The Long Winter, there wouldn't be a next book, would there?

From...more
Doralyn
I know my mom read these to me, but I don't know if I read them myself. If I did, I was really little. I'm enjoying the series. I like how she describes everything they did to make a life, how much their lives revolved around simply surviving. However, the little moral lessons I could do without ("children should be seen and not heard" etc). I think Laura passive aggressively describes Mary on a regular basis, making her seem really anal and unpleasant. And the way she describes herself is almos...more
Knightlindsey

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I literally have read this entire set at least 10 times throughout my childhood. I love how Laura Ingalls Wilder made the simplest things sound wonderful: such as receiving a shiny new penny and peppermint stick for Christmas, singing around the fire while pa played the fiddle, the joy of a new dress - hand sewn out of fresh calico, and homemade biscuits. Her life was full of challenges and great hardship, yet her positive attitude permeates her narrative. I gained such an appreciat...more
Theresa
Found this 8 book set at the flea market for $5....So far I've read 3 and I'm loving them so much...these stories remind me of a combination of my sister and I growing up with our father showing us how he and our mother did things on their ranches and also reminds me of my mother's stories of when she and her 5 sisters grew up on their ranch with their father and mother helping their father and mother do all the farm-work and housework...absolutely beautiful stories of how children where told to...more
Gary Land
My elementary school library had these books but I avoided reading them because I thought that they were "girl's books." That was my loss, for I would have enjoyed them. Some twenty years later my wife and I read them to our children, which was my first direct experience with some of the stories. Now, the Library of America has "canonized" these books by including them in its collection of American writing. Published without illustrations, they seem somewhat more adult than the familiar editions...more
Brandy
this was a christmas gift from a man in my childhood life that i dont have very good memories from. But!this was one and the few good things i ever recieved from him, and i read all of them,and amazingly still remember alot about, and i wrapped myself up in these books to disappear into these girls lives that were very simple times, and i remember thinking just how much the were loved by their daddy, and it made me long for my own real father to swoop out of nowhere and love me like this dad lov...more
Krysty Bair
My grandmother gave me the paperback set as a gift when I was 6 or 7, and I absolutely ADORED those books. Must have read through the entire series at LEAST half a dozen times over the years. Sadly, one of my biggest regrets is that I donated the whole thing to the library during my highly nomadic early 20's, when I just didn't have the storage space for childhood things. I try to remember that it's just "stuff" and that surely the library appreciated them, but I realize how attached I get to tr...more
Grace
I absolutely love this series. I have read each book at least twice, most more. My mom loved these books as a kid, too, and she'd get them from the library and read to me when I was young. I first started reading the series myself in fourth grade, I think. In seventh grade, I started crying on the school bus home because I could never be Laura Ingalls Wilder. I also thought that Ma was one of the best mothers in the world, and that if I had to choose another mother, it'd be her. Just thinking ab...more
Tina
I wanted to reread these before I read the Wendy McClure book. I read these over and over again when I was a kid, and even now, halfway through book 6, I still remember the illustrations peppered into the books. These books were lost in my parents' attic, and we weren't even positive that they hadn't been sold at a yard sale, but I finally found them last summer and jumped for joy. I've been using them as a sort of palate cleaner between my heavier fare.

As good as I remembered, and I'm shocked a...more
Gzchealsea
This series was ok it was not really that interesting until the second to last book. It is a good series for little kids teaches great lessons. I really like the second to last book really great book. In my opinion she should have stopped at the book it was really great. With the last book it was ok one of the better ones and one of the books they portrayed best in the show. The show is awesome love the show not much the books. The only reason I give this a four is because of the second to last...more
Cassie
Jun 30, 2011 Cassie marked it as to-read
My future teacher for next year recommended this book to me. She gave me a list of books that she wanted my class to read and this one was one of the books on the list. I'm very happy that the library was invented and that you can buy a copy of any book right on this website! I know that my friend reads this series so if it's okay with her I'll borrow some of her books from this series. i guess that's all I can say about this series for now so, bye-bye!
Kristen
Ode to Little House on the Prairie

It all started when my mom said, ever so casually with a hand on the kitchen counter and the makings of lasagna sprawled behind her, “I wonder if things really happened that way.”

Here we were discussing the Little House on the Prairie books and she’d ended the conversation with that dyspeptic remark. I stood staring at her.

What was she saying, my dear mother, who had always been the practical bystander? She’d tell me as a child, “You know, life’s pretty boring...more
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Ingalls wrote a series of historical fiction books for children based on her childhood growing up in a pioneer family. She also wrote a regular newspaper column and kept a diary as an adult moving from South Dakota to Missouri, the latter of which has been published as a book.
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