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Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Jul 30, 07


When I was a little girl, I never got around to reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, I suppose because at that time the idea of pioneer life would have seemed entirely too rugged for me. (I preferred the likes of “The Secret Garden” and “A Little Princess,” and, always and forever, the works of L.M. Montgomery.) This past weekend I gave “Little House in the Big Woods” a try. I found it to be a beautiful and nostalgic recollection of childhood, and I was impressed by the sturdy but graceful prose, as well as the clarity of visual and sensual detail throughout. Now I’d like to read the other books in the series too.
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message 1: by Judy (new)

Judy I love the little house books too. Do I need to tell you, Charlotte, that I particularly love the descriptions of what they ate. The Long Winter is a harrowing one--so much snow that everyone in the little town in the Dakota Territory almost starves to death (no deliveries of food by the train which is snowed in) Of course Pa's incredible ingenuity and general competence pulls them through: from fabricating logs for the fire from straw to grinding seed grain in a coffee grinder to make flour for bread, he keeps it all together. What a guy! For me, all men must be measured by Pa.

love J


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