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The Little House Collection

(Little House #1-9)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  140,718 ratings  ·  2,190 reviews
This nine-book paperback box set of the classic series features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams.

The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier, and tell the heartwarming,
Boxed Set, Box Set, 2700 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Avon Books (first published 1943)
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Kristin I bought the first 5 and at that time I didn't know there were more. I then had to buy the rest individually, from Amazon. I know in my set the 1-5 ar…moreI bought the first 5 and at that time I didn't know there were more. I then had to buy the rest individually, from Amazon. I know in my set the 1-5 are illustrated in color and there were more pictures. The 6-9 are black and white and have fewer pictures. I have been reading these to my 7 yo son, and he preferred the books with the color illustrations. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these to him because I did not read them when I was younger. We are almost finished and I will be sad when we can read about the adventures of Laura anymore. She really brought that time period to life. There is a little gap in time after the first 5. It jumps ahead 5 years to when the the Ingalls family moves out west to the Dakota Territory. They are still written in the same style with each book chronicaling a year in her life. Except for the very last..."The First Four Years" is about the first 4 years of Almanzo and Laura's life together. This book was published after she died as the manuscript was found in her papers. It is an unedited version, so the writing is a little different than the others. (less)
Heather McC I've seen the box set at the occasional used book store (ex. Half Price Books). HPB is a great place to find used and often out of print works.

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Oct 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Like so many people, I read and loved these books as a girl. When my son was an infant and I was looking for something to entertain me during his marathon bouts of nursing, I decided to read the series again. I still found it immensely enjoyable, but with one striking difference: When I was a child, Pa Ingalls seemed like the coolest dad on the planet - he played the fiddle, made his own bullets and took his family on all sorts of adventures all over the unsettled west. As an adult, however, I t ...more
Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: little girls with imagination
OK, so I'm a little generous with the whole Little House series. Sue me. But for me, as a child, they WERE "amazing," and here's why.

When I was in first grade in a tiny, tiny town in Arkansas, and hating school with the heat of a thousand suns, each member of the class was given identical packages at Christmas time. They were books. I'd been reading for a long time already, so loved a new book...but disappointment set in as my classmates who got their books first opened them before I had a chanc
K. Elizabeth
I read this series when I was in fourth it was many many years ago. However, the story has not left my mind. I absolutely adored these books, and I'm sure I would love them just as much if I re-read them! I remembered feeling as though I was with Laura's family during every journey they went through. It's a fascinating story - and a true one at that. I'd recommend that everyone reads this series at least once in their life!
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read these as a young girl and loved them. That's about all I remembered about them, though. So I decided to read them again, and I'm so glad I did!

Reasons I loved these books:

1. They are clean and wholesome.
2. They teach responsibility and hard work.
3. They teach about gratitude and being happy with what you have instead of looking elsewhere for happiness.
4. FAMILY is emphasized and taught to be an important part of society. Laura's family is warm, loving, and kind.
5. After reading about all
Apr 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Okay, I'll admit it. I still re-read these. I just finished a ramble though the pioneer prairies with Laura and enjoyed it throughly.

I know there is an outcry about the treatment and representation of Native Americans in these books, not to mention women, African Americans, and children. But let's calm our politically correct minds for a moment and think about the treasure of literature these books are. Specifically, they are WONDERFUL for educating young people about how people of color, minor
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
These books taught me to fall in love with reading. Not only did these books teach me so much about life in general *such as how to make cheese from scratch* but they really just expanded my worldview as a child. I have a great sense of nostalgia when I think of this series. But more than that, I feel that Laura Ingalls Wilder had such a gift for storytelling. Her literary voice is just beautiful. The stories were humorous, and touching, and you always wanted things to turn out for the best for ...more
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ADORED these books as a little girl. I just finished revisiting each book in the series, and I think I enjoyed them even more as an adult. It's a wonderful look at American life in the Midwest as the first pioneers settled in what was then unknown territory. I loved hearing about their adventures as they traveled from one new settlement to another, and of all they overcame along the way. It's nearly impossible not to fall in love with the Ingalls family, who are each filled with suc ...more
Dec 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a couple of days immersed in this series for the first time in I don't know how many years, I'm left bemused in a lot of ways.

From a historical standpoint, there's little else out there for kids that is this rich and complete. The everyday details that make up a pioneer life are lovingly dwelt upon in a way that's just far enough removed that even the littlest reader doesn't panic. After all, if they all starved to death in The Long Winter, there wouldn't be a next book, would there?

Amber J
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Another set I read when I was younger. I think I've read them all at this point, but not in any order. I read a few for school projects, a few for myself, and a few to mom as a teen, this is another set I would like to try a reread for.
Mar 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Most people love these novels, and I can't for the life of me understand why. I was given the collection growing up and read them, but I never cared much for them and never re-read them.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Domestic life back in the day might not be quite as cozy or cornucopia as these stories suggest. But I worked out my own personal truths about the Little House Books and why the stories live in my blood. It’s my way of making peace with yet another childhood relic facing the wrath of actuality.

Truth #1. Christmas is always better in a log cabin on the prairie when you have nothing.

Remember Mr. Edwards crossing the wild creek to bring the Christmas presents from Santa Claus? Remember the new tin
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved each book in the collection.these books helped fuel my love of reading and interest in history. They made the past real to me.
Laura Morrigan
From my blog:

When I was a little girl, my father used to read me these books. It has been a really long time since then and I can hardly remember most of the stories from the book, but I still remember the sense of excitement and adventure in these books. Laura and her family were pioneers, and as a young girl she met each move with a sense of adventure and openness to the world. I also loved that the girl was called Laura like me.

These stories are a true test
Stacy Jensen
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started my youngest on reading this series and then thought, "I should really read these again." It's been years but they are still just as magical and wonderful as the first time I read them; although I have way more respect for what it must have been like to do the work I do every day in the home but with no technology or ease. I love the simple writing style that tells the story of growing up on the frontiers of Minnesota, and Dakota territory. The wonderful part about these books is that w ...more
The Celtic Rebel (Richard)
I began reading this series in the 4th grade and I think read the last one during my 6th grade or the summer before. I loved back then to read all kinds of stuff but books about history or rural settings just spoke to me. I think even then I was destined to be forever in love with history. I loved the adventurous nature of Pa and Ma Ingalls, products of a time in history when men and women had the pioneering nature that whether right or wrong was the history of the United States. They lived in a ...more
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series brought to mind fond memories of when I initially read these semi-autobiographical novels as a child. I had forgotten how good the writing actually is, including the vivid use of imagery surrounding the pioneer life of the Ingalls family. The 19th century racism that makes an occasional appearance in the stories are unfortunate remnants of some of the beliefs held during that time period. Otherwise most of the stories are sweet and mostly optimistic, even during periods of drought, b ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have, ever since I was 8 and received a box set of the "Little House" books, adored each and every single one of them. In over 20 years, my feelings towards these books haven't changed one iota. They are easy to read, and chock full of information about life as a young pioneer girl. How many times did I wish I could taste Ma's vanity cakes, or see Mary's college dress in person? These books are so fascinating, for anyone remotely interested in history, that it makes it impossible to put them d ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this set to my school kids. We are on the second book. These books are timeless and the kids love them. When I pulled out Little House in the Big Woods and told them it was our next storytime book, I got waving hands and big smiles. They said things like, "I love those books," and "Those are my favorite books."
Maggie Anton
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I travel on book tours, I prefer home hospitality rather than staying in a hotel. Hotels are lonely, they require me to leave at a specific time, and they don’t have kitchens stocked with all sorts of tasty snacks. The homes I stay at typically put me up in a guest bedroom that previously belonged to a child who has since left the nest. Often the child’s books are still there.

On my recent book tour in Florida, I spent the night in my host's daughter's bedroom where I saw Little House on the
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I used to listen to these books as my mother read them. My mother got them as a child they kept their gifts in the attic inside their pillow case. My mother snuck up into the attic every night to read her books she had not received yet. She loved them and still reads them to her children to this day.
The books themselves are well put together have pencil drawing and explain a lot about the early american heading south. Laura is wonderful at describing the suroundings as she moves through the sta
Joanne Ishmael
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My husband found this collection in a used book store and bought it for me as a Christmas gift. He knew how much I loved these books, and that I had this same collection as a child (my mom gave me this same set when I was 9 or 10). I tore through all of them at record speed, and loved them as much as ever. The day to day life of the Ingalls family, their struggles, and triumphs, brought me back to being a little girl in love with these books. The saddest part however, was, that aside from the fi ...more
Astrid Claudia
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I finished this serial a long time ago when I was in the elementary school!

Back then, I didn't really care if the plot or writings were good or not. I do remember the translation were bit confusing.

This is part of my childhood, a very personal one for me. Laura Ingalls accompanied me through some hard times and good times when I was a kid. Like a friend that I ran to to when I needed to hide from the world.

I hated Nellie Oleson with her, grieved when they lost their baby brother, trapped in the
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I suddenly got a hankering to re-read the Little House books after moving into my own house that was built around the same time Ingalls-Wilder and her family were beginning their travels. My adult eyes were able to appreciate much more about the stories (i.e. rich details of pioneer life intermingled with true prejudice against American Indians). The educator and pedagogue in me also deeply appreciates Ingalls-Wilder's lived perspectives on what turn-of-the-century education was all about. Each ...more
Dale Pearl
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My teacher gave these to me in first grade. She was impressed that I had taught myself how to read and I was such a well spoken child at an early age. What went wrong with me?

Well these books are an all time classic. I remember staying up all night reading the stories with the blanket over my head and my brothers flashlight shining on the pages. They kept me up all night and I so miss the books, the movies, but even more so the morality that was so simple and logical that it makes me stop wonder
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This isn't five stars for Laura's (or Rose's?) writing style. This isn't five stars for the page-turning, blood-pumping excitement here, nor for the complex plot, as this series has neither of those things. This isn't five stars for current popularity. This isn't five stars for the impact these books have on my current life. This is five stars for a time gone by: Laura's childhood, and mine. Growing up, I didn't just read about Laura Ingalls--I wanted to be her, and was her to some degree. Whene ...more
Carolyn Page
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Words cannot express how much I love these beautiful books. Not only are they fun, easy to read books with a historical fiction aspect, but they have a great personal connection to me. My dad would read these to us children--my brother and I perched on either arm of "the big black chair" (his leather recliner) and my baby sister on his lap. He read us the whole series, one chapter or two at a time, every night. I'll never forget the my Dad reading us the lyrics to the songs...What a wonderful tr ...more
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
The first book and a couple after were read aloud to my class in third grade by my wonderful teacher, Miss Genevieve Emrich. Truly a childhood classic, even though I have read a lot of criticism of the series in my years teaching children's literature. At the time, it was magical.
S. Lee Eberhart
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-pre-2018
These books were such a good diversion for me as a young child. I was Heidi in 3rd grade and then Laura in 4th. I loved them all. I know they aren't literary greats and there is some stretching of truth... but they were so important to me growing up.
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
These books were the best i ever read! LOVE THEM!!! they are awesome!
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this series in decades, and yet I still remember so much. I should do a reread over the summer.
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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.

Other books in the series

Little House (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
  • Farmer Boy (Little House, #2)
  • Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #3)
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek  (Little House, #4)
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake  (Little House, #5)
  • The Long Winter (Little House, #6)
  • Little Town on the Prairie  (Little House, #7)
  • These Happy Golden Years (Little House, #8)
  • The First Four Years  (Little House, #9)
  • On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894  (Little House #10)

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