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Little House in the Big Woods (Little House #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  173,593 Ratings  ·  3,993 Reviews
Laura Ingalls's story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack.

Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting
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Hardcover, Special Read-Aloud Edition, 238 pages
Published April 10th 2001 by HarperCollins (first published 1932)
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Autumn No. It is based on her life, but it's not 100% true. Even so, it's a great book. :)
Linda Yes. I read a lot of Historical Christian fiction like Janette Oke and this is similar.

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Summer
I started rereading this series because of John Scieszka's bizarre hatred of Little House on the Prairie. In attempting the perfectly noble task of getting young boys to read more, Scieszka has continuously heaped scorn on that book, banishing it to the girl ghetto of the Sweet Valley High and American Girls series. Putting aside the unfair comparison to syndicate titles published for purely commercial reasons, his assesment of Little House as a book purely for girls is infuriating.

For one thing
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Deanna
May 21, 2016 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Little House on the Prairie books bring back so many good memories. I have been looking for my box of old books for awhile now but still haven't found it. I'm really hoping it didn't get lost when I moved last year. There are so many books that I would love to re-read.

I'm not sure why I didn't read these to my daughter. I think she had so many books that we just never got around to it.

Little House in the Big Woods is the first book of the series and will always be my favorite, but I did en
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Laurel Wicke
Mar 22, 2008 Laurel Wicke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-logan
Reading this to my daughter has helped me rediscover the joy of the Little House series all over again. Probably the best gift this little book has to offer is that of perspective. How blessed but complicated our lives seem now. How very different and yet the same. I loved sharing a slice of history with my child who has no concept of life before dvr's, minivans, and microwaves. That a child could be happy with a corncob doll was a unique thought. This series should be on the reading list for ev ...more
Brad
For a few years now, I've been interviewing my twins after they finish reading their books, posting those interviews on their own goodreads profile. My girl, Brontë, finished reading Little House in the Big Woods about a month ago, and I read it this week (I always read or reread the books they've read.) You can see that interview with me right here:

Brontë: So first ... did you like it? did you love it? or did you hate? did you think it was okay? or did you really like it?

Pa: I loved it. It was
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Tatiana
Jul 03, 2016 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No plot, but still an addictive story of a life style both idyllic and boring as hell. And torturous Sundays!
Alex
Sep 02, 2016 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: stealth libertarians
Shelves: 2016
Little House in the Big Woods is what Walden wishes it was, or could have been if Thoreau wasn't such a dick. Laura and her family aren't misanthropic creeps - and they have real skills, unlike vacationing Thoreau. But the book is about self-reliance, getting back to the basics, and living in harmony with nature. It shares a philosophy with Walden - along with two other sortof less-great things.

The first is a hopeless lack of plot, and that frustrated me when I first read it. And I do mean first
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Nusrat
Nov 17, 2016 Nusrat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-series, 2016
ঘুম থেকে উঠছি, দাঁত মাঝছি, নাসতা খাচছি, পুতুল নিয়ে খেলছি, ঘরের কাজ করছি, খাবার দাবার খাচছি, গা ধুয়ে ফের ঘুমুতে যাচছি। এটা একটা গলপ হলো? বডড একঘেয়ে হয়ে যাবেনা শুধু এসমসত বরণনা করে বিশাল একটা গলপ ফেঁদে বসলে? সাধারণ জঞান তাই বলছিল কিনতু শেষতক তা হয়ে উঠলো না। কেন? কারণ এগুলো কে বলছে তাও তো দেখা লাগবে , নাকি?

লরার গলপ তার ছোটট বাড়িটা আর সেখানে তার সারাদিনের খুঁটিনাটি নিয়ে। তার সাথে আছে তার দুই বোন , মা এবং পা! পা কিনতু খুব সাহসী। একটুও বসে থাকেনা। এই শিকারে বের হচছে, এই ধান মাড়াই নিয়ে হুড়োহুড়ি লাগাচছ
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Cindy Rollins
Sep 29, 2016 Cindy Rollins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: morningtime, 2016
But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the firelight gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting.

She thought to herself, “This is now.”

She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because
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Prayudi Setiadharma
I found this book among my aunts' collections in my grandpa's house when i was living there for three-months back in 1987. Once I read it, I never stop to read over and over again.

Well, the life of the Ingalls is wonderful indeed. But what attracts me more is the fact that this book always makes me hungry all the time. You don't believe me, do you? Well, don't take my words for it, just try yourself...especially when you're reading through the "pouring hot maple syrup in the snow", "roasting th
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Erin
Mar 15, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A walk down memory lane. Although I have a whole bunch of new books to read, I felt like grabbing a childhood favorite from my stacks tonight. The first book in the "Little House" series introduces readers to Laura Ingalls, her Ma &Pa, and sisters, Mary and Carrie living in their log home in the "big woods" of Wisconsin.

The thirteen chapters in this book serve as vignettes of what life was like for settler families, the roles and responsibilities of each family member, the customs and teach
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
This might be my favorite book of all time. It's certainly one of the first I remember reading as a child, and it's always been an enormous source of comfort. I tried to find the other edition I have (I've got the first edition minus its dust jacket, along with the paperback set of the series), but no luck on here unfortunately. I treasure all of my books, and the Little House/Rocky Ridge series(es) in particular, but this may be the best of them. This is the one where I find myself quoting as I ...more
Kathleen
Aug 09, 2007 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents and teachers as a read-aloud book, young readers of all ages
I did a wonderful year-long read aloud with my kindergarten class last year, and it was a fantastic experience. They asked so many good questions, and it spawned so much good discussion, exciting writing and enthusiasm about the books. Kids talked, wrote and drew pictures about different episodes all year. I highly recommend it. I would have loved to integrate this with more study of one-room schoolhouses and our city so many years ago (maybe for 2nd grade?). Part of the reason this worked well ...more
Suzanne
It just isn't possible for me to be objective about the Little House books. They were THE go to books for me as a child, and the comfort books as a teenager. This one is certainly written at a younger level, but I still loved reading about all of the work it took to run a farm - from making butter and cheese and straw hats, etc. Boy do I take a lot for granted. Anyway, I enjoyed it yet again! Perfect finals week comfort-reading :)
D
Aug 01, 2007 D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of American lore
The first installment in the Little House series is, hands down, my favorite. Unlike later books, this window into a young Laura's first home, where for the only time in her life she's surrounded by extended family, their cultures, and their heritage, stands in contrast to the transience that marks her well into adulthood. Little House in the Big Woods takes comfort in housekeeping's simple pleasures, Pa's chilling stories told before a crackling fire in a snug log cabin, and family communion. T ...more
Duane
This is the first book in the Little House Series, and somewhat overlooked due to the popularity of the second book, Little House on the Prairie. I've read both and liked both; this volume being a wonderful introduction to Laura and the Ingalls familly. I didn't read this series as a child, but as an adult I've come to appreciate it's beauty, and it's importance in the canon of American Children's Literature. Some may say this is too simple for adults to appreciate, and starting out it seems tha ...more
Reese Copeland
Jan 29, 2017 Reese Copeland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book to my 3 yo son. He seemed to enjoy it. It good good descriptions and seemed to have good values that are things I would want to teach him too. Last time I read it was when I was in school .
Krista Wright
Sep 25, 2015 Krista Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a sweet, simple book! I loved this series when I was a kid, and it's so fun to go back and read them all over again now.
Selene
Mar 21, 2016 Selene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

As an adult these are not as interesting. I can see how children would love them though! They are very informative of the past.
Libby
Mar 22, 2008 Libby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This first installment in the Little House series has always been my favorite (although I love them all, and am letting this single review stand in for the series entire), probably because A. As the first Little House book I read, I hold a special affection for its magic (it was my entree into an amazing other world) and B. As other smart reviewers have pointed out, there's something sort of sad about the fact that it chronicles the only chapter in Laura's life in which she was surrounded by her ...more
Manny
Feb 18, 2009 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I didn't usually like girly books when I was a kid, but this one was an exception. Her matter-of-fact descriptions of life in the Big Woods were just so fascinating! The fact that the main character was a girl seemed pretty irrelevant.

Beth Ann and I have several times discussed writing a modern-day sequel entitled Little House in the Valley. Laura gets up early every morning to sort the spam and check the website. Then she squeezes orange juice and makes two big lattes for Daddy and his boyfrien
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Jennifer
Mar 21, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book from my favorite series that I reread many times growing up. I love all the characters and adventures in the books.
Liliana Rio
Nov 09, 2016 Liliana Rio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
É de uma ternura imensa ler histórias que nos fazem recordar a nossa infância :D

Diane
May 18, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They say you can't go home again, but if you're rereading a beloved children's book, I think you can. I have happy memories of reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books with my mother, and revisiting these wonderful stories of Laura and Mary and Ma and Pa made me feel as cozy and loved as I did when I was a girl. I'm looking forward to rereading the entire series.
Magdalen
Oh God I remember when I was little and literally begged my mother to buy me those books. And she did! And boy was I bored.
All I can recall is some unnecessary long descriptions and a boring plot.
Huge disappointment.
Renee M
Jun 16, 2013 Renee M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Just a wonderful book that never gets old no matter how many times I've read it.
 Olivermagnus
This year I'm planning to read some of the books I enjoyed as a girl, especially those I know contributed to my lifelong love of reading. I decided to look back to one of my very favorite series, which started with Little House in the Big Woods. This series begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives with her Pa, her Ma, and her sisters Mary and Carrie. This story is told from four-year-old Laura's view and describes pioneer life. In between their ...more
Ashley
Jun 09, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a child, but I never expanded my reading to the entire series. A reading challenge in a Goodreads group I participate in prompted me to read Little House in the Big Woods, and even though it was written for children, I still found it very enjoyable. Throughout the book Laura provides many stories from her childhood when they lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin in the mid 1800s. I've always been intrigued by what life must have been like d ...more
Sarah
3.5 stars from me, 5 from Owen.

His review:

I chose to have more than a zillion stars. It was about the author growing up when she was a kid. One of the most interesting part was about the [wheat] thrasher guys. They had this big machine that ran on horsepower called the separator. It separated wheat.

There was a dance in it at Grandpa's house. The author's Grandpa used maple trees to make maple syrup that they put on snow to make yummy candy.

It was all about the 1870s, when Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
কী সুনদর! :) সকালে উঠা, কিছু কাজ করম করা বা বাবা-মা কে করতে দেখা, এরপর বাবার গলপ আর গান শুনতে শুনতে ঘুমিয়ে যাওয়া এমন পরতিদিনকার বযাপার দিয়েও মুগধ করা যায়! এটা একমাতর তখনই সমভব যখন এটা একটি ছোটট বাচচার চোখে দেখা হয়। আমি ওর চোখ দিয়ে দেখে মযাপেলের গুড় তৈরিতে অবাক হই, ফসল মাড়াইয়ের যনতর আমার কাছে অবাক করা কিছু মনে হয়। কাঠের ছোটট দোকানে জিনিসপতরের রাজযে মনে হয় আমি হারিয়ে যাচছি। ফায়ার পলেস আর বাবার কোলের উষণতা ঘিরে ধরে আমাকে। বনের ধারে কাঠের গুড়ি দিয়ে গড়া সেই ঘরই যেন সবরগ, সবরগের এখানে কোনো পরয়োজন নেই। ...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.
More about Laura Ingalls Wilder...

Other Books in the Series

Little House (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)
  • Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek  (Little House, #4)
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake  (Little House, #5)
  • The Long Winter (Little House, #6)
  • Little Town on the Prairie  (Little House, #7)
  • These Happy Golden Years (Little House, #8)
  • The First Four Years  (Little House, #9)
  • On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894  (Little House #10)
  • West from Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Francisco, 1915  (Little House #11)

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“She thought to herself, "This is now." She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.” 53 likes
“When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, “What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?”

“They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,” Pa said. “Go to sleep, now.”

But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the firelight gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting.

She thought to herself, “This is now.”

She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”
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