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Little House on the Prairie

(Little House #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  278,534 ratings  ·  5,048 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 her family are kept busy and
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Paperback, 65th Anniversary Edition (US/CAN), 335 pages
Published 1994 by HarperTrophy (first published 1935)
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Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrensfiction
Okay, it's a great American classic, I realize that. I read it for the first time in third grade because 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
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Miranda Reads
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
“There's no great loss without some small gain.”
If only we lived and loved in Laura's time...

I get hugely nostalgic for every time I read the Little House books. One of my favorite aspects about this series is that Wilder writes these novels in such a way that I feel like I lived through them.
In the West the land was level, and there were no trees. The grass grew thick and high. There the wild animals wandered and fed as though they were in a pasture that stretched much farther than a
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Michael
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I recently read this to my young son, and he couldn't get enough. He's a kid who loves nothing more than to spend all day in the woods building forts, so perhaps it's not surprising that he took to this book. It's a marvelous adventure story that left me in awe of the sheer indefatigable competence of this family. The relationship of the family to the natural world--the great prairie that they move to--is fascinating, as is their relationship to the Indians. Then again, "fascinating" did, on a r ...more
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
These books have been a blast to read. How I wish I could be as innovative and self-sufficient as they were back then! To be able to just build your own solid house is incredible, not to even mention all of life’s other requirements!
Manybooks
This is not really a review of the general contents and themes of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, but more my personal take and attitude towards the fact that this book has been (and like so many others) repeatedly challenged and even at times banned/censored (mostly due to the way Native Americans are depicted and the attitudes shown towards them).

And yes, there are indeed some rather major issues with Little House on the Prairie, and especially the attitudes presented towar
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #3), Laura Ingalls Wilder

The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas.

They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie.

Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are a
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Mischenko
In this third installment to the Little House series the Ingalls family packs up and heads west toward Kansas. This journey brings adventure but also multiple dangers along the way.

This book was definitely my least favorite yet. I personally didn't like the events that were happening with the Native Americans and also some of the dangers the family faced. I understand the time period, but this was just not as enjoyable as the first book. I even found it weird at times. However, it was written w
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Diane
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Mike Angelillo
Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
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da AL
Dec 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
A honey-covered lullaby of a book! Yum! Slurp! Racism never went down so good! Beautifully written, and read aloud by a champ -- but Whoa, Bessie! -- even the characters express a smidgen of ambivalence about wresting land from the natives. "Won't the Indians be mad, Pa?" And what's with the child wanting her father to steal a Native American baby for her? ...more
Jessaka
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pioneer
Fried Apples and a Lesson in Racism

I loved this series when I read them around ten years ago. My favorite was The Long Winter.

A few years ago I went to visit her home in Missouri with my sister and niece. She had two houses, but I must say I loved the Sears and Roebuck one best. The other one had a wonderful antique mint green stove in it that I would have loved to have owned, except I think that it would not be easy to bake in, and maybe it used wood for fuel. My ex mother-in-law had a wood bu
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Laurel Wicke
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-logan
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
Tatiana
So entertaining and so racist.

Is this the book where we start to learn how flawed Ma and Pa really are? Pa is certainly a happy-go-lucky guy with no foresight - taking his wife and daughters away from their family into the middle of nowhere (which by the way belongs to Indians), almost getting them drowned, burned and sick of malaria. And Ma, only concerned with propriety and never saying "no" to Pa's foolish ideas.

I'd be really worried to be married to someone like Pa, even though he plays his
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Duane
Little House on the Prairie is the second novel in the series, the first being Little House in the Big Woods. But they are stand alone stories so they don't have to be read together. Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Little House books are semi-autobiographical and are told from young Laura's point of view. Yes, they are children's books, and they are written in a very simplistic style, maybe overly so for the adult reader, but perfectly suited for children. I don't think there is any doubt t ...more
Debbie
The Laura Ingalls Wilder series is a classic, but this particular book must be chosen with care if reading aloud to young children. It contains a few pages that are quite derogatory to Native Americans. Even though this may have been acceptable at the time of writing, the reader must be ready to explain this to youngsters, or don't read it aloud to them.

Overall, this was my least favorite book in this series! I almost wished Ma took a cast iron frying pan to Charles's head for all the danger he
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Calista
I enjoyed the little house on the Prairie TV show growing up. This is my first time reading them. I enjoy seeing through the eyes of settlers and what life was like for them.

I had a very hard time with the attitudes of the day towards the Indians on the plains. I am not upset with the book. I think Laura honestly portrays the attitudes of the day and she lays out the racism for all to see. I don't like it, but that is how it was.

The thing I find so damning about the story is that these people c
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Beth
Jul 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Janssen
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book just made me feel like the laziest person in the universe. When I have a day where I'm hurt and can't do any "real" work, I don't build a rocking chair.
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Chantal
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I was a child, we used to watch the tv series an episode at the time. Every day after school we got to see 1 episode. I never read the books only book 1 a few months back, but I have to say I liked book 2 more. The book is a realistic view of the time being. I could not put it down when I started it. This time I had the idea it could also be for grown ups. Up to book 3.



This book is in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up challenge I am doing.
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Lily - Books by Starlight
Loved every moment of this! Little House on the Prairie has got to be the sweetest story ever told! Full review to come.
Jane
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
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ruzmarì
May 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenilia
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
Christy
Loved this one. It brought back so many memories of watching the show with my mom when I was a very young child. Some of the scenes made me see it all over again in my mind. Like the time awesome Mr. Edwards shows up for Christmas and the girls get their very own tin cup, candy cane, and a shiny new penny from Santa.
Michele
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Karen Witzler
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My reread as an adult. Absolutely terrifying scenes washed through the eyes of a child in a settler family, having been recalled by herself as an old woman.

Also, abolutely beautiful scenes of the prairielands of the US (Kansas? Missouri?) as the ethnic cleansers first encountered them. Charles Ingalls could build a log cabin out of any group of trees he could find (let the deforestation of the creeklands commence), build a chimney, dig a well, and blithely expose his children to all manner of da
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Kerri
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was about eight or nine I started reading this series, borrowing from my local library. I didn't finish the entire series, but I read quite a few. I liked the way it transported to such an unfamiliar place and time. I was quite drawn to the idea of being self-sufficient, of building a house from scratch, of growing your own food. I found many of the remarks about the 'indians' (Native Americans) rather jarring, though I understood that these were the views of the time.

On this reread all
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HBalikov
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book we read to our “soon to be” six year old. She followed the chronicles of Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura and the baby as they moved from Wisconsin to the great American prairie lands.

Wilder recounts her life from Wisconsin to the Great American Prairie in a series of books and this one covers little more than a year in her life. But it was a momentous year that took the family from the great woods of Wisconsin across the Mississippi and other tributaries to a homestead in Kansas.

In tha
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Ken
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the great American classics, depicting Laura and her family’s move from Wisconsin to Kansas in 1868.

It’s a great snapshot of the time period as the family start to settle in the area.
From building their own home to falling ill with malaria.
Elle
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
This is the harrowing tale of an adrenaline junkie/doomsday prepper named Pa. Pa wants to leave Wisconsin because there are so many people there, his family is no longer in danger of being eaten by wild animals. He possibly has had some run-ins with the law. With the oppressive encroaching of society upon him, he knows his stranglehold on his wife, three daughters, and racist dog will soon be at an end. So he decides to pack up his wife, three daughters, and racist dog and take them far away fro ...more
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
Loving my reread of this series. Have SO many thoughts about these books, some of which have to do with the fact that there are portions that are difficult to take in as a modern reader, but I maintain its importance as "a book to read" on a variety of levels. This book in particular makes me want to pick up some other books that can give some wider historical context for the time in which it takes place. ...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.

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