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

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Laura Ingalls and her family live deep in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Their log cabin is surrounded by miles of trees, and their closest neighbors are bears, wolves, and panthers. Daily chores keep Laura and her sister Mary busy, but they still find time to go exploring with their dog, Jack.
Paperback, 198 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by HarperTrophy (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. :)
Nina Hoppe My four year old girl loves this book, she loves that Laura is about her age. This is our third time reading it and this time she keeps asking my to…moreMy four year old girl loves this book, she loves that Laura is about her age. This is our third time reading it and this time she keeps asking my to go to certain parts to re-read to her.
I love the little lessons it gives and how she will as about things. She is happy that she can talk and ask things unlike Laura at the dinner table.(less)
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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
Apr 10, 2008 Laurel Wicke rated it it was amazing
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 04, 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 07, 2016 Alex rated it really 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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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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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
D
Sep 26, 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
Selene
Mar 21, 2016 Selene rated it liked it
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.
Krista Wright
Oct 13, 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.
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
Jennifer
May 20, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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.
I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth
I really cannot recall if I read the Little House series as a young girl. I have very vague memories of sometimes watching the television show.

Anyway. The Little House series popped back up on my radar when I read Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom. Nordstrom was director of Harper Books for Boys and Girls (now simply known as HarperCollins Children’s Books) from 1940 – 1973. So it goes without saying that Nordstrom had a MAJOR role in publishing some pretty AMAZING children’s books th
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Manny
Feb 18, 2009 Manny rated it really liked it
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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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.
Cindy Rollins
Sep 29, 2016 Cindy Rollins rated it it was amazing
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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Ashley
Jun 13, 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
Jul 21, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
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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Hannah
Jan 16, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads, own
June 13, 2015: Just as wonderful as the first three or four times I read it :D
Wendy Darling
My annual re-read, this time with the lovely Heidi! :)
Em
Aug 08, 2016 Em rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who love simple, well told tales
Recommended to Em by: Anirudh
Old Sang Lyne..
Thoroughly enjoyed this reminiscence of days gone past, where a father, a mother and 3 little girls live in a sturdy little log house in the American frontier in Wisconsin surrounded on 3 sides by dense woods. They lead a bare but happy existence, little pleasures of life bringing great joy indeed.
Laura the 6 year old middle child is the protagonist and she describes their lives in her innocent, all absorbing way.
Being with Laura, her ma and pa, I learnt many things, a few of whic
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Ann
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
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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
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
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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
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Jessica
May 31, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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 ago...gives them an appreciation for hard work and self reliance. I love the happy family portrayed. We always have a good feeling in o
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Jamie
Jan 09, 2009 Jamie rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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“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.” 46 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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