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Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Jan 10, 10

bookshelves: children, tweens
Read in September, 2009

Originally published in 1932, elements of this classic story hold new relevance for young readers in an era of urban farmsteading and local foods. The primary plot centers on the young family’s efforts to survive off the land. Each chapter is a brief vignette of that life and they are filled with details of the Ingalls’ efforts at daily survival. This includes how Laura’s father made bullets; her mother made daily items, such as butter and clothes; and how her extended family gathered to celebrate and harvest maple syrup. Garth Williams’ delicate ink illustrations offer enough detail of these now outdated activities and processes that readers can fully immerse themselves in the descriptions of this way of life. The narrative is told from young Laura’s perspective, yet it is noticeably spare on details of what she did during the day. Interestingly, while most of her time was spent primarily with her mother and sisters, the primary character in most of the chapters is Laura’s father and how he would sing to, tease, and discipline his daughters. His depiction brings out the more lighthearted aspects of pioneer life and help to create an enjoyable experience with the Ingall’s family while learning about the harsh demands of their daily lives.
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Elisbet Out of curiosity, I'd like to ask ~ your review suggests you enjoyed this book, so why did you give it only three stars?


Donna Good question! The review and stars do not align on here. Re-reading this book as an adult left me feeling conflicted about wholeheartedly promoting a book that depicts pretty harsh punishment methods from Laura's Pa. I must have intended to go back and complete the review after I had a better sense of what to say about it. thanks for asking.


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