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Little House on the Prairie (Little House #2)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  197,492 Ratings  ·  3,182 Reviews

Meet Laura Ingalls . . .

. . . the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. Pa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house, and the family sets out for Indian country! They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas and there, finally, Pa builds their little house on the prairie. Sometimes farm life is difficult, even dangerous, but Laura and the family are ke

Paperback, 335 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by HarperCollins (first published 1935)
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Oct 12, 2007 E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrensfiction
Okay, it's a great American classic, I realize that. I read it for the first time in third grade because the pioneer-go-forth-and-push-westward philosophy is a central feature in the proud American mindset and heritage. But it's for that very reason that the value of the book needs to be questioned.

While much of the story focuses on a family's self-reliance on the Kansas prairie, the book preceding it - Little House in the Big Woods - does the same with the exception that the Ingalls family was
Sep 10, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. My mother read the Laura Ingalls books with me when I was a little girl, and I'm rereading them for the first time in 30 years.

"Little House on the Prairie" is the story of the Ingalls family -- Pa and Ma, Laura, her sister Mary and her baby sister Carrie -- taking a covered wagon all the way from Wisconsin to Kansas at about 1870. The author is vague on the timing, such as exactly what year it was or how old she was, but it seems to be written from the pe
This is not really a review of the general contents and themes of Little House on the Prairie, but more my personal attitudes towards the fact that this book has been (and like so many others) repeatedly challenged and even at times banned/censored (mostly due to the way Native Americans are depicted and the attitudes shown towards them).

There are definite issues with Little House on the Prairie, and especially the attitudes towards Native Americans are problematic to say the least. However, att
Mike Angelillo
Nov 04, 2007 Mike Angelillo rated it it was ok
I bought the CD of this story for my 4 year old daughter and have spent many days listening to it in the car with her.

This book should clearly be renamed "Pa's follies" as the entire story is about him bumbling from one misadventure to the next....

1. Pa leads the family across a frozen lake Peppin. The very next morning the family hears the ice on the lake start to crack and break up. By the luck of one day the Ingalls family is spared a frozen death.

2. Pa nearly drowns the entire family crossin
Laurel Wicke
May 12, 2008 Laurel Wicke rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-logan
I am a fan of the Laura Ingall's Wilder books, and I am enjoying them even more as an adult, sharing them with my daughter. This one moved a bit more slowly than Little House in the Big Woods, but I was still fascinated. I can hardly imagine a life so primitive. Some say Pa was crazy for moving his family away from the Big Woods where they had a solid footing, but the settler's spirit is responsible for the growth and development of our country and is still the heart of the American way. Who doe ...more
So entertaining and so racist.

Is this the book where we start to learn how flawed Ma and Pa really are? Pa is certainly a happy-go-lucky guy with no foresight - taking his wife and daughters away from their family into the middle of nowhere (which by the way belongs to Indians), almost getting them drowned, burned and sick of malaria. And Ma, only concerned with propriety and never saying "no" to Pa's foolish ideas.

I'd be really worried to be married to someone like Pa, even though he plays his
Little House on the Prairie is the second novel in the series, the first being Little House in the Big Woods. But they are stand alone stories so they don't have to be read together. Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Little House books are semi-autobiographical and are told from young Laura's point of view. Yes, they are children's books, and they are written in a very simplistic style, maybe overly so for the adult reader, but perfectly suited for children. I don't think there is any doubt t ...more
Jul 03, 2007 Beth rated it it was amazing
I can vividly remember the first time I read this book. I was sleeping over at my best friend Mary's house when I was about seven or eight years old. She lived next door to me. Her family always slept with their attic fan on, and with a radio in each bedroom tuned in to a country station. This was strange to me, as nights at my house were totally quiet. Plus, I was a little freaked out at spending the night away from home, because I hadn't really done that very much at that point in my life. So, ...more
Nov 08, 2013 Jane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Where I got the book: my daughter's bookshelf.

Finally did it, folks. Read that American childhood classic everyone else but me seems to have read. Of course I didn't grow up in America so I have an excuse!

And I liked it. Almost ran upstairs for the next one. Sure, the Indians are portrayed as savages who steal and threaten, and the Ingalls family (who had set up housekeeping illegally in the Indians' territory) make absolutely no attempt to understand or really communicate with them. But that's
May 19, 2007 ruzmarì rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenilia
I scrolled quickly down the page and noticed that nobody has much to say about this novel. What _is_ there to say about Laura Ingalls Wilder's fiction/memoir accounts of growing up in the period of American expansion and homesteading? A lot - at least 7 volumes' worth, in Ingalls Wilder's own series. It's easy to categorize Ingalls Wilder's series as "children's" literature, but her books are also documents of an indomitable feminine spirit, a woman's relation of the American experience in a tim ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Janssen rated it really liked it
This book just made me feel like the laziest person in the universe. When I have a day where I'm hurt and can't do any "real" work, I don't build a rocking chair.
Jul 09, 2010 Michele rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was six years old, and then over and over again until I was about ten. I loved it. It inspired my imagination like nothing else until Harry Potter more than thirty years later. For years, I wanted to BE Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved when the grass grew long and I could pretend it was the prairie. When I was stuck in the outfield during elementary school softball I was imagining I was playing with Mary and Carrie. I read all the books and wrote my own biography of Laura wh ...more
Kressel Housman
I am hoping to review all the Little House books in the order I read them, so even though Little House on the Prairie is the second in the series, it was first for me. I was seven years old when I first read it, and my family had just moved from Manhattan to Queens, primarily so that I could attend a better school. I was the best reader in my first grade class in Manhattan, but second grade in Queens was a rude awakening. The kids there were reading chaptered books of more than 100 pages! Amongs ...more
Catherine ♡
This will forever be one of my favorite childhood stories. It tells of such a realistic and dangerous story, but with such a beautifully innocent touch that I will definitely never forget.
Feb 05, 2011 Kellie rated it it was amazing
I give this book five stars with a huge caveat - it should not be read by a child without adult guidance and discussion, and is probably most appropriate for children ages 8 and up. There is a lot of blatant racism in this story, as well as a lot of more subtle language problems. It is clear to me that Laura, writing as an adult, understood the problems with what her family was doing at the time - moving into Indian Territory - and that she to some extent understood the perspective of the Indian ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
I have so much love for this family and what joy they have brought me as a child and now for my own daughter!
This was just as enjoyable to read as an adult as it was as a child. It brought back a little of my childhood but made me realise also how much more complicated our lives have become not because they have to be but because we have made them that way. Life was harsh and difficult back then but it was also much simpler and there was more joy in the every day things. Now we need more and more and we are still not satisified. The story of Laura and her family is one that will be enjoyed by many gene ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Sep 12, 2015 Kailey (BooksforMKs) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
This is my umpteenth time reading this book, and I enjoyed it just as much as I did when I was a girl! There's a simple charm to these stories of pioneer life that invites you in.
As always, Laura is my favorite character because she is spunky and brave and hilarious, while her sister Mary is prim and boring.

Pa is another favorite, because he is a musician, and because his funny and jovial ways remind me of my own father. Laura says that "Pa always laughed out loud and his laugh was like great be
Aug 15, 2012 Sally906 rated it really liked it
This series is a series in which I have read all the books over and over and over again. Told through Laura’s eyes, and fading memories as she was well into her sixties when she started writing them, we get a good idea of life on the American frontier in the second half of the 1800s. Laura gives us plenty of detail about their everyday life in fictional form, making it both interesting and educational. Lives was so different then with no local store to pop into, and even if there was one within ...more
Sep 04, 2008 Margaret rated it really liked it
Laura’s family decides to go west because the area in which they live in Minnesota in the big woods is getting too populated and scaring the game away. So they pack up all of their belongings and leave their little house and go toward the prairie land. They find a piece of land in the prairie and start over. They encounter trials and joys along the way. They make some neighbor friends who live several miles away. They are in Indian Territory and deal with nice Indians and the not-so-nice Indians ...more
Lydia Dyslin
Nov 08, 2016 Lydia Dyslin rated it it was amazing
Although I did read this book before quite recently, there were a lot of parts I didn't remember about this book that I enjoyed.
I loved reading about the trip on the covered wagon, the bridge and story with Jack (that's always been one of my favorite parts of this book).
But my favorite part of the story, by far, is when Mr. Edwards comes and gives the girls their presents from "Santa Claus". So cute!!!
Overall, lovely book. So glad I re-read it! Five stars out of five.
Oct 08, 2008 Keli rated it it was ok

Part autobiography, part fiction, this book tells the story of a pioneer family settling in Indian Territory in the plains of the American Southwest.


This American classic can problematic to modern readers. Ma's meek demeanor and the frequent reminder that "children should be seen and not heard" are not likely to resonate with youth of the 21st century and are likely more fiction than autobiography. Additionally, while the book had a clear beginning and end, the middle was more a se
Duchess Nicole
I read this to my three girls, ages six, seven, and nine. My husband also listened each night, as I always read two chapters before bedtime. And in fact, he got very upset with me one night when I was unable to read!

I remember reading these as a girl and loving them. But I didn't expect to enjoy them so much as an adult. The entire family looked forward to reading time each night. Laura's story is told with the experience of an adult, but at the same time she manages to tell it from the perspec
Victoria Scott
Compared to the first book, this one was a lot more interesting. And, again, it had all those great memories of me reading this when I was a kid!
The book started with the family moving away from the only home they'd known, and making a new life on the prairie. I loved reading that part. It wasn't like how they were when they were living in a house. There, it was all about how they sewed, or how they played with their dolls. When they were just starting out their new lives, they had to build ever
Oct 10, 2011 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Jul 10, 2016 Kelly added it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Best of the bunch so far as to show how much of a bumbling idiot Pa is (I saw another reviewer say this book should be called "Pa's Follies" and that's spot on). Worst of the bunch so far for being incredibly racist and insensitive and disgusting as far as treatment and discussion of Native Americans. Yeowch. I would love to read a series of books from this era from their perspective.

What I don't get is why they moved in the first place. Apparently being in the middle of no where Wisconsin was
As with the previous book in the series, we get an interesting look at how life was in an era gone by. The characters were mostly the same from the previous book, and both them and the new supporting characters were easy to connect with. However, I found the ending events of the book confusing, and wished for a more in depth explanation as to why the Ingalls family had to leave their home on the prairie. I remember wanting that explanation as a child as well! All things considered, it was an int ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Mimi rated it it was amazing
I was interested to discover that I didn't have the visceral remembrance of each page and incident that I had of "Big Woods", but that certainly doesn't mean that I didn't know what would happen in each chapter. It's interesting to contemplate Ma's instructions to the girls about what being "good" means, and the relationship between Ma and Pa.
I couldn't stop crying while reading the book, I have no idea why. It made for a sniffly workout this morning
Apr 27, 2016 Licha added it
No rating cause I read this back when I was in 4th grade. Thank you Mr. Goethe for introducing me to this series. He's the teacher that introduced me to the joys of chapter books and made me want to read the books myself and not have someone else read them to me. Once he saw my interest, he lent me this series, which I loved.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
Despite the fact my boyhood wanted to vomit when I was read this story, I had to admit that it was actually an excellent book.
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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 in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
  • 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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