Little House in the Big Woods (Little House #1)
America's Original Pioneer Girl
Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books.
Wolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870's. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her own cheese and bu...more
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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...more
You know when you're pregnant and you start buying books that you hope your child will love as much as you did? But because they're not even born you put them away on a shelf and years go by, the baby grows and one day she comes home all excited to read that very book? It just happened to me. I loved the Little House series when I was growing up. And when my MundieTween came home clutching Little House in the B...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This is what I'm going to call out to my roommate every day when I get home: "Where's my little half pint of sweet cider half drunk up?"
They are completely and utterly hooked and enamored. It also prompted a discussion about eating real, whole, unprocessed food. They expressed the desire for us to continue to eat better and do a better job of appreciating the food we do have. All this just one chapter in.
Love this book....more
We're on to Little House on the Prairie next!
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I found it to be as delightful as Little House on the Prairie in the depth of detail given about everyday life so long ago. The graphic descriptions of butchering the hog and preparing it and various other animals for food for the winter disturbed me quite a bit (likely because I'm a vegetarian, but...more
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...more
- when laura's male cousins goofs off in the fields instead of helping, then gets stung by a zillion bees and is wrapped up in gauze, with only his nose and mouth showing. lorelei was totally at attention, hanging on every word, at this longer version of the boy who cried wolf story.
- reading about co...more
This classic children’s book is the first of the “Little House” series in which Wilder recounts what life was like for her and her family in late 19th century America. In this book Laura is but five years old and has never seen a town or a store. She is completely reliant on her parents for food and shelter, and on herself for entertainment. Fortunately she is part of a strong family unit with plenty of love. She recounts the hard work her parents, and other pi...more
I selected this book for a "read-along" off the audio shelf in the children's section of the library, because my boys are fascin...more
Laura is 5 in this first book. The story begins at the end of summer, and takes us through a full year of life in the Big Woods, chronicling all the work and preparation the family does to survive from season to season. The overall feel of th...more