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Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Nov 08, 10

bookshelves: childrens-fiction, historical, series, audio-version
Read in November, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Before comment: How have I never read this before? I am remedying this situation by listening to it in the car.

Updated review after finishing:
Am I the only one who didn't really enjoy this? I know it was written seventy-five years ago, but gee whiz, Little House on the Prairie was just a little too dated for me. However, it is full of non-stop DRAMA and ACTION: melting lakes, treacherous river crossings, an almost-drowned dog, Indians coming by the house when Pa's gone and helping themselves to cornmeal, malaria, a chimney fire, a PRAIRIE fire, too! And to top it all off, the Ingalls can't even stay at their cute little, hard-earned homestead. The characters are simple and restrained while the plot isn't. The racial tension is a hallmark of the time, but it still didn't sit well with me even from a historical perspective. I did enjoy the audio version of this, though - it incorporated fiddle music to accompany Pa's playing in the narrative. I wish I'd read this one as a kid so that I could better appreciate its down-home charm.
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Kelley I admit I've never read it myself. Think I'll add this to my list too!


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