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Little House on the Prairie (Little House #2)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  130,504 ratings  ·  2,125 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

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Published by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1935)
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Okay, it's a great American classic, I realize that. We read it in third grade and obviously 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 integrated i...more
Diane
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...more
Mike Angelillo
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...more
Laurel Wicke
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
Beth
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
ruzmarì
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
Michele
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
Jane
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...more
Keli
Synopsis

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

Review

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...more
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...more
Margaret
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
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
Elaine
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
Logan
We *loved* Little House in the Big Woods. The community there was wonderful and many of the chapters started out scary but turned out funny. I can't say the same for this second book in the series. In this book, Pa feels compelled to move away from family and friends to stake his claim in "Indian Territory," hoping that the Indians will be forced to move further west and then Pa will own the land he's "settled." I was prepared for discussions about racism, land ownership, power, and what it mean...more
Kellie
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
John Yelverton
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.
Megan
I didn't like this one as much as the first book (Little House in the Big Woods). Pa Ingalls kept pissing me off with all his stupid whims that kept putting the entire family in danger, and he never seemed too concerned when any of them came close to dying or getting severely hurt. "Oh, I just dropped a huge log on your leg, Ma? It's cool, just walk it off. You can drag your gimped-up leg behind you to get the water you'll need to make dinner tonight." "Oh snap, we all just survived malaria, woo...more
Samantha
Feb 04, 2008 Samantha rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8 to 14 year olds
Shelves: youth
The language of the book is very simple, seeing the prairie through the eyes of a young girl. The chapters are short and flow quickly, making this an excellent book for young readers just starting chapter books. The time period in which the book was written can be felt from the harsh, characterized, portrayal of American Indians, including the Osage tribe, rekindling the touchy phrase of General Sheridan’s remark declaring the only good Indian is a dead Indian.

Though I enjoyed the illustrations...more
Mimi
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.
Heidi
I read the series when I was a kid and then again with my own children a few years ago. I love the series, but this book was not my favorite. All of the books are slow paced (as their life was slow paced), but this book seemed even slower... I thought that wagon ride would never end. Their living conditions were harsher and the treatment of the Native Americans was so awful. This book really lacked the humor and charm that I loved in the other Little House stories.
I agree with some of the other...more
Melody
This book is so problematic, what with Ma hating Indians and Pa being a selfish ass, and people shooting panthers just for being panthers. I loved it uncritically as a girl, and I think it's still a very important historical perspective but I can't love it any more. It's got some lovely passages, some scary parts, and some jaw-droppingly horrifying to the modern eye parts. I think the only possible way I could recommend this to a modern little girl is as a companion book with The Birchbark House...more
Melissa (ladybug)
This is the 2nd book in Mrs. Wilder's Memoir. We see their family picking up and going west. Pa has the wanderlust and is looking for some good land that isn't too crowded. We see how Pa raises his family. There are good times and bad, and fun times. You can find everything in this book: Cowboys and Indians, Wolves, Owls, and even a Panther. You also see sadness and new beginnings.
Ellinor
This book is definitely the best in the series so far. The story is very interesting and exciting. Unlike the first two books there is finally something happening. There also weren't so many scenes in which two perfectly good little girls were told to be good. This sometimes annoyed me a lot in the first two books.
I'm really looking forward to reading the next book.
Lisa
The experience of reading this book with Max and Mimi will always be something I'll treasure. I had no idea how much they would adore this book. Every night they wanted their "Little House". We usually only read one chapter a night because there was so much to discuss. Especially when it came to the Indians. I could tell right away that this was not sitting right with Maxwell. Then the questions came:

"Mom, how come the Indians had to leave because the white settlers moved onto their land? Why di...more
Amme
Introducing my daughter to the world of Laura Ingalls. She's hooked!
Kassak
I didn't make it through ALL of the Little House books like I planned on last year (I didn't even reach my goal in the challenge!). This year I have to get it done. I have to feel like I've accomplished something with these!

I've read all of Laura's books multiple times. Having just finished this one again, I know I was right to give it 5 stars. It is very good storytelling. Plain and simple. And maybe it is because I am still complaining about the incredibly disappointing second half of the Caro...more
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
This is the book everyone reads, but quite frankly, the first book, Little House in the Big Woods is better. In this book, they leave Wisconsin in a covered wagon and make their way to Indian Territory (ie Kansas) and start over. They build a house and a new life. They encounter indians (mostly friendly). In the end, they pack up and leave again. Yes, the book covers frontier life on the prairie, but other than learning how to build a log cabin (including the difficult door latch to be made lol)...more
Lillerina
This book is deeply problematic. Ma's open fear and hatred of Indians is shocking to read about now, and the notion that there would be indians who wouldn't know how to cure their skunk skins is pretty offensive as well as inaccurate. It's uncomfortable reading Laura's account of her father's deeds, as Laura obviously hero-worshipped her father while it's easy to see how irresponsible Charles Ingalls often was. He moved his family into territory that he knew he wasn't allowed to move into yet, j...more
Sally906
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
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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...
The Little House Collection (Little House, #1-9) Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1) 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)

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