Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)” as Want to Read:
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  133,726 ratings  ·  3,122 reviews
Although the Little House stories are traditionally seen as "girl" books, boys might be happily surprised if they take another peek at their sisters' shelves. Little House in the Big Woods—the first book of the series and Laura Ingalls Wilder's first children's book—is full of the thrills, chills, and spills typically associated with "boy" books. Any boy or girl who has fa ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published 1960 by Scholastic (first published 1932)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Little House in the Big Woods, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Gobnait No. It is based on her life, but it's not 100% true. Even so, it's a great book. :)…moreNo. It is based on her life, but it's not 100% true. Even so, it's a great book. :)(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
Laurel Wicke
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
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
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
Aug 09, 2007 Kathleen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Sep 26, 2007 D rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Kaeleigh Forsyth
I'm gonna read the series this week. I got the fanciest box set on sale at Strand, and the cashier goes, "wow you must be the greatest aunt in the world." naw bitch, these are mine. I didn't get my nephew shit.

Wendy Darling
My annual re-read, this time with the lovely Heidi! :)
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
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
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
Shell The Belle
4.75 Excellent Heart Tugging stars!!

I watched this series as a youngster growing up, and now with three girls of my own I read this to the older two at bedtimes a few years back.

What struck me is the difference from the TV series; whilst Pa is still a strong character and is no doubt a good man and wonderful father, things surprised me, such as when he beat Laura with a stick after she had a fight with Mary.

Also, the way Laura talks about Mary, as in she appears to really resent her, doesn't com
My mom read this series to me when I was young, and I've held a soft spot for them ever since. So, it was wonderful to read them again as an adult and find Laura Ingalls Wilder's writing just as intriguing, captivating, fascinating and beautifully sweet!

Laura is only about three years old here, and the story centers around one year in her life. In addition to Laura there is her older sister Mary, and Ma, Pa, and Baby Carrie.

The first thing that struck me upon rereading this was how "slow" it in
A million stars. This is probably my 6th time reading this book. It was read to me by my mom, read a few times by myself as a girl, read it to my older set of kids and now sharing with my younger ones as we prepare for a cross country road trip with plans to stop at a few Laura Ingalls Wilder homes.

My kids LOVED it. There's so much to learn about life 130 years them an appreciation for hard work and self reliance. I love the happy family portrayed. We always have a good feeling in o
This took us awhile to finish, we read a few chapters per week as a family and the boys wouldn't read unless dad was here. I have to say reading this with my children added that extra element for me. They asked questions about hunting and living without indoor pluming. Not to mention all the ways Ma prepared all the food for the family. We laughed at Pa attacking the "bear" which ended up being a large bush and loved his songs to put Laura, Mary and baby Carrie to sleep at night. Seeing the big ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Second reading: 4/10/2011

I went nuts for this series beginning in 4th grade, so much so that I was convinced I'd been born in the wrong century. Given how crazy I was about these books, it's surprising I never went back to read them again before now. Thank you, Kressel, for the inspiration.

The two memories that stayed with me about this book down through all these years were the way Pa played the fiddle at night and the part where they poured the maple syrup on snow. Reading it again refreshed m
Diane Librarian
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.
Every child in America, boy or girl, should read these books or, better yet, have their parents read them to them. I have wonderful memories of sitting on my mom's lap in a rocking chair while she read to me of all the trails and adventures of the Ingalls family. It's reminds us of where we came from and how hard the pioneers worked for America to thrive.
June 13, 2015: Just as wonderful as the first three or four times I read it :D
Apr 18, 2008 Denee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I was at the library one day and searching in desperation for a book that my 6 year old wouldn't be able to finish in the short 3 minute drive from the library to home. Glancing around, I spied the shelf of Little House books. "Aha!" I thought. "The Little House in the Big Woods will keep her busy for at least 3 or 4 days. Plus, it's full of good manners and details of a life when you had to work as a family to be able to survive." I checked the book out and my daughter started reading it voraci ...more
Aug 29, 2007 Wendy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids and outdoorsy types
Shelves: recommended
Again a great book to read with your children. (Okay, I'm biased because my parents read the whole series to me.) Little House in the Big Woods is about the Ingalls family when they lived in the Wisconsin woods - hunting, trapping, and farming for a living. It has loads of details about every day life and the family and community life in such a secluded setting. There is danger from the animals in the woods - panthers, bears, badgers, bees, etc. It also talks about simultaneously loving the wood ...more
I loved these books when I was a little girl. I don't remember them individually, rather as a whole, so this re-read was part refresher and part new experience.

This is a sweet book, but it didn't really live up to my shining golden childhood memories. There wasn't really much story here - it was more a chronicling of pioneer life, and their simple joys and trials and the simple love and respect that they had for each other.

I'll admit that Pa wasn't as perfect as my shining golden childhood mem
We just finished reading this aloud for bedtime story, and my boys loved it! They were fascinated to learn about how certain things were made long ago, like bullets and cheese and maple syrup. And they enjoyed comparing the Ingalls' Christmas celebration to ours - they were horrified that they each only got two or three presents! But they thought playing with a pig's bladder was really gross.

We're on to Little House on the Prairie next!

For more book reviews, come visit my blog, Build Enough Book
Karina Petersen
Så blev vi færdige med, at læse om Familien, der bor ude i den store skov, der er fyldt med fakta, hårde livsvilkår, men fyldt med en hjertevarme, fortryllende fortællinger og masser af kærlighed,som varmede mit hjerte. Min datter og jeg har nydt og læse denne første bog om pigerne Laura og Mary, hvor vi har haft mange samtaler omkring handlingen i bogen, som jeg glæder mig til snart, at fortælle om på bloggen.
~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~
May 16, 2015 ~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~ by: Zaara
3 homely stars!

One word about this book- ADORABLE.
The warmth of a parent’s heart, the simplicity of childhood, the childish innocence that rests in those big eyes is what makes the book a lovely thing.

Liitle House In The Big Woods felt more like a prelude to an upcoming series. There was so proper plot as such; it’s a random meshwork of events that describe how being part of a family is a beautiful experience altogether.

These were the parts I loved the most:

*The Christmas celebration and the
It's been about 20 years since I last read this series, but as soon as I started this book it all came rushing back. I credit books like this for getting me hooked on historical fiction!

I wasn't sure how this book would hold up, but I was just as entranced by the story now as I was when I was a kid. I'm not sure how much of my enjoyment came from the nostalgic memories but it doesn't really matter, I absolutely loved re-reading this! As a kid, I was very fascinated by the day-to-day life these l
Little House in the Big Woods is a book I will never forget. Laura Ingalls Wilder is a wonderful author, she describes everything with beautiful description, like how the pie melts in her mouth and how the grass tickles her toes. She explains the hardships of living in the 18th century but also tells you about the fun times she had when she was a child. This is the first book in the series of her Little House books and it is all about when she was five and how she used to live and some significa ...more
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder is an exquisite set of books that I cherished growing up. Read until they were dog-eared, this series has to be one of my childhood favorites. A story about a young girl growing up on the frontier, it was so popular they made it into a T.V. series even though the series didn't do it justice. Stories as a young girl I could relate to, the mean girl in town, fights with my sisters, and just the struggles of everyday life of any family. The love M ...more
Dec 22, 2008 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Fiction - Young & Old
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Throughout my childhood, I read the Little House on the Prairie books several times, and they became some of my all-time favorites. I probably hadn't picked one up since my early teens though, and finally rediscovered the series when I decided to share it with my children. I made the pleasant discovery that I still enjoy it every bit as much as an adult, as I did when I was a kid. I've always had a love for history, and the vivid descriptions of pioneer life just draw me
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Is this a "girl" book? 58 164 Aug 14, 2015 10:22AM  
2015 Reading Chal...: Little House in The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder 2 25 Aug 05, 2015 01:33PM  
2015 Reading Chal...: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder 5 29 Jun 21, 2015 01:23PM  
And now, the truth comes out... 8 160 Jan 01, 2015 07:15AM  
  • New Dawn on Rocky Ridge (Little House: The Rocky Ridge Years, #6)
  • Betsy-Tacy and Tib (Betsy-Tacy, #2)
  • The Far Side of the Loch (Little House: The Martha Years, #2)
  • Kirsten Learns a Lesson: A School Story (American Girls: Kirsten, #2)
  • The Great Brain at the Academy (Great Brain #4)
  • Changes for Felicity: A Winter Story (American Girls: Felicity, #6)
  • Samantha's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls: Samantha, #3)
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)
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2) The Little House Collection (Little House, #1-9) On the Banks of Plum Creek  (Little House, #4) Little Town on the Prairie  (Little House, #7) By the Shores of Silver Lake  (Little House, #5)

Share This Book

“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.” 37 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.”
More quotes…