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Winter Days in the Big Woods

(My First Little House Books)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,687 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Laura helps Ma and Pa make the little log cabin snug and cozy for the snowy days ahead. 1994 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA) ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by HarperCollins (first published September 1st 1994)
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Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very sweet introduction to the Little House books for the youngest readers. Join the Ingalls family as they prepare for the coming winter, and indulge in fun indoor activities once the season arrives. This is a perfect warm and cozy read when the weather is getting you down.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Daughter read this aloud with me and we loved it. I'm so glad my daugter was able to read this on her and able to enjoy Laura, Ma, Pa, Mary, and baby Carrie's life in the Big Woods. I see her re-reading this until she's ready for the original series alone. ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Our family loves these illustrated versions of The Little House books!
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story for learning about what life was like in the “olden days” before people lived near a grocery store where they could purchase whatever they needed. We enjoyed hearing about the little girls’ simple pleasures of playing house and dolls in the attic and creating homemade paper dolls.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this children’s picture book, adapted from the Little House books, Laura and her family live through the winter in the big woods. She and her older sister help their mother gather their garden harvest, bake, churn butter, and do other house chores. During the day her father hunts and at night entertains the family with his fiddle. This story is a nice introduction to a pioneer way of life. In my school district, second graders learn about our city’s pioneer history, and visit historical log c ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Smaller version of a tale from the Little House on the prairie
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The classic stories of life on the American frontier are adapted for the picture-book set. Young people are offered a (very idealized) glimpse into the past and the ways the Little House family prepared for the winter months.

Veg*n parents note: Pa is shown going into the woods with his gun and we are told that he hunts every day so the family will have plenty of meat for winter. This could bring up discussion regarding how food and our ways of obtaining it have changed greatly over time.
Faith Hough
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I realized I had never reviewed this wonderful picture book series here. I just read a few to my girls and nephews yesterday and was reminded how much every child I know LOVES them.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Renee Graef is one of my favorite artists. This book was the coziest read!
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Natalie Zagara
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
A charming story about a young pioneer girl and her family. The story weaves the tale of life in the woods of Wisconsin and the daily routines of a little girl and her family. The story covers everything from Pa and Ma's daily work, such as hunting, planting, sowing and gathering crops, churning butter and other subtleties. The little girls and their parents seem happy and cozy with their life. The realistic pictures paint a picture of what life back then would really be like. A straighforward, ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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These are my favorite books to read to Henry. They make me want to curl up in front of a fire and cuddle with him.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Chloe DeRocker
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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1. Awards received: none

2. Appropriate grade levels: Pre-K to 2nd Grade

3. Original Summary: Winter is coming to the big woods of Wisconsin but don't worry because Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and bulldog Jack are ready. During the day Pa goes out to hunt and the girls stay home to cook, mend clothes, churn butter and play! At the end of the day Pa comes back and plays fiddle and sings with the girls around the fire.

4. Original Review: This is a very warm and child-friendly adaptation of Laura I
Kaitlin Schraeder
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The genre this book fits under is historical fiction. It fits under this genre because the plot and setting is located in the past. This book was about a little girl named Laura and her family getting ready for a Wisconsin winter. It mentions her father having to go out hunting everyday for food for the winter and her mother having to do chores at the log cabin to prepare for winter. It talks about each chore the girls and their mother have to do such as churning butter, making bread, and washin ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
These "My First Little House Books" picture book series is beautifully illustrated, but I feel like they're almost too young for my children as we've already read-aloud the first 3 books of the original Little House books. So they are familiar with the stories already and we appreciate them more for their artistic value. ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Something so cozy and nostalgic about the little house books!
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great way to introduce younger children to the beauty of the Little House books.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun book to read. I liked the detailed pictures. I liked that the book had a meaning to it.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is a treasure to share with your littles.
Jayda Safford
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I like this book a lot storys can come true and a dream the you wish will come true
Erin Berry Salazar
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good precursor for younger readers to the Little House series.
Eva Marie
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I'm so pleased that Julia continues to love the My First Little House books we read. After she enjoyed the first one we read I was a little nervous that it would fall off. After all, these aren't the most exciting books in the world and that seems to be all kids are interested in these days. But she hasn't stopped enjoying them and has even asked me a few times if there are more. Instead of swamping her with all books in the series we've continued to read whatever we want with these tucked in no ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love all the stories in this series. Love the illustrations!
Theresa Landgren
This a story about Laura Ingalls Wilder when she lived in the woods of Wisconsin. The book goes through what her family does to prepare for the winter days that are coming to the big woods. They have to get the vegetables from the garden, her pa went hunting for meat, and her sister Mary and her have to churn the butter. The end of the book shows the family in the cabin being warm and having each other to get through the winter.

I would use this book in my classroom because it is a story that I e
Mattie Troyer
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
As a little girl I remember my dad reading Little House books to me. I love the picture books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. They do not do justice for her chapter book series but these short stories are good for beginner readers. Especially for young girls who love the Little House series! My favorite part about the Winter Days book would have to be the illustrations! They are beautifully done with colored pencil and flow really well with the story. This particular story takes you back in time to pio ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
The illustrations in this picture book rendition of the Little House books is far better than the ones in "Sugar Snow". These look like they were done with car unlike the ones in the book mentioned above which seemed rushed and a bit creepy, especially since little Carrie's head seemed far too big for her body.

The story telling in this volume is also a step up from "Sugar Snow" which I found boring in comparison. "Winter Days" reminded me more of the actual novels and their ability to transport
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Much to my delight, my boys who are five and two absolutely love these books! The "My First Little House" series takes stories out of the original little house books and illustrates them beautifully. My boys love to point out each family member and my five year old asks lots of questions. These books have become a wonderful way to introduce history and "the simple life" to my little ones. These books have great family values. :) ...more
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
At first I was appalled at the idea of "dumbing down" the cherished "Little House Series" for toddlers, but when my husband brought this home from the library I was charmed. The series is faithful to the original books, breaking out each chapter of the original book into a separate book with plenty of pictures and simple sentences that my 2 1/2 year olds enjoy. And I didn't have to wait to share my favorite childhood books with them!! ...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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