Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Little House Series

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Summary of The Little House in the Big Woods from Goodreads:
Wolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870's. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her own cheese and butter. All night long, the wind howls lonesomely, but Pa plays the fiddle and sings, keeping the family safe and cozy. 

Everyone who lives in the Midwestern United States should read these books. I am rereading them with my 5-year-old daughter, who is loving every minute. These stories give modern-day readers a chance to look back into the late 19th century and learn about how life used to be. The exciting stories of bears attacking pigs and dogs saving people from panthers are weaved in with everyday routines, such as how Pa cleans his gun and prepares for each day. Grace and I both love the stories that Pa tells Laura and Mary about when he-or his father, their Grandpa-were their age. It seems like the mix of this information should make it confusing, but Wilder's tale is told smoothly. 

I love reading these books, looking out into the fields now, and wondering what life like a pioneer would have been like.

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