Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Series: #1 in the Little House series
Publication Date: originally 1932, this edition 1959
The Short Version:
A year in the life of a family in 1870’s Wisconsin..
The book chronicles a year in the life of a family living in the frontier woods of Wisconsin in the 1870’s as seen through the eyes of five year old Laura.
Each season has it’s chores and routine which shows the difficulties of living in that place and time as well as the community and shared work and celebrations that made it manageable.
Laura and her sister help their parents when they can and enjoy the simple treats and joys as well as their father’s stories and music.
When I read this (eons ago) the frontier life was hard to imagine. Today’s kids are even further removed from a life in which a rag doll for Christmas was worth celebrating and sitting quietly for hours on Sunday was routine.
I was surprised at how much I remembered. The illustrations by Garth Williams were mostly familiar and just paging through the book and seeing them brought many parts fo the story to mind even before I started reading.
This was a series I adored and read multiple times when I was a kid and it was a lot of fun to revisit it. I’m looking forward to continuing with the rest of the series and participating in the discussions on Lisa’s blog.
It’s not to late to join in the read-along if you want. The discussion posts for the first two books are up and you can read and join in anytime. I need to get over to the discussion for this one and catch up.
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