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Laura Ingalls and her family live deep in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Their log cabin is surrounded by miles of trees, and their closest neighbors are bears, wolves, and panthers. Daily chores keep Laura and her sister Mary busy, but they still find time to go exploring with their dog, Jack.


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Laura Ingalls and her family live deep in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Their log cabin is surrounded by miles of trees, and their closest neighbors are bears, wolves, and panthers. Daily chores keep Laura and her sister Mary busy, but they still find time to go exploring with their dog, Jack.

30 review for Little House in the Big Woods (Little House #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    I started rereading this series because of John Scieszka's bizarre hatred of Little House on the Prairie. In attempting the perfectly noble task of getting young boys to read more, Scieszka has continuously heaped scorn on that book, banishing it to the girl ghetto of the Sweet Valley High and American Girls series. Putting aside the unfair comparison to syndicate titles published for purely commercial reasons, his assesment of Little House as a book purely for girls is infuriating. For one thing I started rereading this series because of John Scieszka's bizarre hatred of Little House on the Prairie. In attempting the perfectly noble task of getting young boys to read more, Scieszka has continuously heaped scorn on that book, banishing it to the girl ghetto of the Sweet Valley High and American Girls series. Putting aside the unfair comparison to syndicate titles published for purely commercial reasons, his assesment of Little House as a book purely for girls is infuriating. For one thing, gender-segregated reading rubs me the wrong way. For another thing, these books contain aspects that any child might enjoy. There's farming, hunting, construction, cooking, locust plagues, wolf packs, riots, blizzards, tragedy, hope, family, hard work, preserverance, horses, dogs, railroads, envy, loss, and triumph. Ignore the sugary-sweet, insipid television series - these books are genuine and engaging.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    It just goes to show, you don't need magic to make a series magical. She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago. For a series written so long ago and geared towards young children, this holds so well. Every time I go back to this story, I am just as enraptured and enthralled as I was when I was a little girl. Laura Ingalls and her family (Ma, Pa, Mary a It just goes to show, you don't need magic to make a series magical. She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago. For a series written so long ago and geared towards young children, this holds so well. Every time I go back to this story, I am just as enraptured and enthralled as I was when I was a little girl. Laura Ingalls and her family (Ma, Pa, Mary and baby Carrie) live in a little house in the big woods of Wisconsin. We follow their every-day-life, from corn-husk dolls to pig roasts to sugaring-off parties. All the little details make this story come alive. The barrels of salted fish were in the pantry, and yellow cheeses were stacked on the pantry shelves. All activities seem so different from the commonplace childhood memories I have...and yet, I identified so closely with Laura. I couldn't have been the only kid wishing our attic was filled with preserves or wanting to roast a pig tail. I'll even admit, I wanted to kick around the ol' pig bladder (only briefly) (I'm easily influenced when reading). The love, and friendship, and happiness she experiences along with the harsh and hungry winters truly makes for a wonderful story. The little tales from Pa brings this book to life and Ma's gentle nurturing firmly holds together the family. Every time I read this series, I think about my own family. And give my Ma and Pa a call. But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. Audiobook Comments Narrated by Cherry Jones and accompanied on the fiddle by Paul Woodielv. Paul gave life to Pa's songs and Cherry truly made this audiobook a masterpiece. Loved every word of it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brina

    My two younger daughters recently discovered the Little House series and are speeding through the books this summer. As I am in between books and wanted to avoid a reading rut, I decided to revisit the first book in the series for myself. As I am always on the lookout for quality children's books, I spent a few hours rereading the beginning of a series that I had enjoyed when I was my daughters' age. Little House in the Big Woods begins the classic children's saga that follows Laura Ingalls Wild My two younger daughters recently discovered the Little House series and are speeding through the books this summer. As I am in between books and wanted to avoid a reading rut, I decided to revisit the first book in the series for myself. As I am always on the lookout for quality children's books, I spent a few hours rereading the beginning of a series that I had enjoyed when I was my daughters' age. Little House in the Big Woods begins the classic children's saga that follows Laura Ingalls Wilder on her journey from childhood to marriage. It features a wide eyed five year old girl who has her entire future ahead of her at a thrilling time in American history as the country has moved past the civil war and is starting to settle the west. Ingalls was born in 1867 in the big woods of Wisconsin. She lives with her parents and sisters Mary and Carrie in a log cabin in the middle of the woods and has rarely traveled anywhere other than to visit her grandparents and aunts, uncles, and cousins. The woods and all that was in it made up her entire life. Even if the country was beginning to modernize, and we glimpse it with the horse powered threshing machine toward the end, the industrial revolution had yet to come to Wisconsin. The Ingalls family lived according to the seasons of the year, was a devout Christian family, and each member of the family worked from morning to night doing their share of chores. Pa hunted and farmed while Ma cooked, baked, and sewed the entire family's clothing from scratch. Mary and Laura were expected to do their share of chores as well, including helping with the dishes and basic needlepoint and cross stitch. Both girls were model citizens who children of today could learn many lessons from, especially in obeying their parents and knowing to be seen and not heard. The edition I read is the collectors edition illustrated by Garth Williams. Williams had illustrated over one hundred books for children including the classic Charlotte's Web. His illustrations bring Laura's life to life as readers see her dancing at her grandpa's barn dance, going into town, and her daily life throughout the year. Williams met an adult Ingalls and traveled to all of her homes in order to view first hand how she lived. I felt the illustrations were vital as children are reading about a different era in history, and illustrations can assist them on their journey through time. Even an adult can benefit from viewing color illustrations as they can once again become captivated by a series they read as children. As an elementary aged student, my favorite series was All of a Kind Family. I had much in common with the girls in the story and reread more times than I could count. Yet, Little House was easily a close second as I was and am a lover of history and enjoyed reading about a girl and her family in an earlier part of my nation's history. I am glad my daughters have discovered this series as we can share our memories of it as they continue Laura and her family's journey through life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    The Little House on the Prairie books bring back so many good memories. I have been looking for my box of old books for awhile now but still haven't found it. I'm really hoping it didn't get lost when I moved last year. There are so many books that I would love to re-read. I'm not sure why I didn't read these to my daughter. I think she had so many books that we just never got around to it. Little House in the Big Woods is the first book of the series and will always be my favorite, but I did en The Little House on the Prairie books bring back so many good memories. I have been looking for my box of old books for awhile now but still haven't found it. I'm really hoping it didn't get lost when I moved last year. There are so many books that I would love to re-read. I'm not sure why I didn't read these to my daughter. I think she had so many books that we just never got around to it. Little House in the Big Woods is the first book of the series and will always be my favorite, but I did enjoy all of the books in the collection. I tried to find the edition on here that looked most like what I remember, and I think this is the same cover that was on my book. I can clearly my mom reading it to me before I could read myself. Sitting on my bed next to her watching as she read. Once I was able to read it myself I picked it up again to read to her, watching as her fingers slid underneath the words and helping me with the hard ones. She mentioned the other day that it's one of her favorite memories too. I loved all of the characters. Laura, Ma, Pa, Carrie and Mary as well as many others. I dreamt of living in that little cabin in the woods and desperately wanted Laura Ingalls as a best friend. The fun and adventures these children had along with their dog, Jack was entertaining every time it was read to me or by me. When it was turned into a TV show, I was escastic! I remember it was on every Sunday at 6pm on Channel 2. I was allowed to watch it while sitting in my dads lazy-boy recliner and nothing could tear me away. If I can't find my old books I will definitley buy another collection as I would love to re-read them at some point. Even writing this review has brought back great memories of these wonderful stories <3

  5. 5 out of 5

    Duane

    This is the first book in the Little House Series, and somewhat overlooked due to the popularity of the second book, Little House on the Prairie. I've read both and liked both; this volume being a wonderful introduction to Laura and the Ingalls familly. I didn't read this series as a child, but as an adult I've come to appreciate it's beauty, and it's importance in the canon of American Children's Literature. Some may say this is too simple for adults to appreciate, and starting out it seems tha This is the first book in the Little House Series, and somewhat overlooked due to the popularity of the second book, Little House on the Prairie. I've read both and liked both; this volume being a wonderful introduction to Laura and the Ingalls familly. I didn't read this series as a child, but as an adult I've come to appreciate it's beauty, and it's importance in the canon of American Children's Literature. Some may say this is too simple for adults to appreciate, and starting out it seems that way, but the more you read the more you realize that Ingall's style is perfect for this type of story. I'm glad I started the series and I look forward to reading more. Revised January 2018.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Crumb

    An interesting interpretation of what life was like in 1871. There is discussion of what life was like with absolutely no technology. This is a book children would definitely warm to more than an adult, in my opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Wicke

    Reading this to my daughter has helped me rediscover the joy of the Little House series all over again. Probably the best gift this little book has to offer is that of perspective. How blessed but complicated our lives seem now. How very different and yet the same. I loved sharing a slice of history with my child who has no concept of life before dvr's, minivans, and microwaves. That a child could be happy with a corncob doll was a unique thought. This series should be on the reading list for ev Reading this to my daughter has helped me rediscover the joy of the Little House series all over again. Probably the best gift this little book has to offer is that of perspective. How blessed but complicated our lives seem now. How very different and yet the same. I loved sharing a slice of history with my child who has no concept of life before dvr's, minivans, and microwaves. That a child could be happy with a corncob doll was a unique thought. This series should be on the reading list for every mother.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    For a few years now, I've been interviewing my twins after they finish reading their books, posting those interviews on their own goodreads profile. My girl, Brontë, finished reading Little House in the Big Woods about a month ago, and I read it this week (I always read or reread the books they've read.) You can see that interview with me right here: Brontë: So first ... did you like it? did you love it? or did you hate? did you think it was okay? or did you really like it? Pa: I loved it. It was For a few years now, I've been interviewing my twins after they finish reading their books, posting those interviews on their own goodreads profile. My girl, Brontë, finished reading Little House in the Big Woods about a month ago, and I read it this week (I always read or reread the books they've read.) You can see that interview with me right here: Brontë: So first ... did you like it? did you love it? or did you hate? did you think it was okay? or did you really like it? Pa: I loved it. It was good. Much better than I expected. Brontë: Who was your favourite character? Pa: Hmmm ... that's a tough one because I loved Pa and Laura a lot, but I also dug Ma. Mary's a bit of pain, but to be fair, the story is being told by Laura, and little sisters don't tend to be too kind to their older sisters. So maybe I can't judge Mary on that. But I guess I like Pa the best because he's really the focus of the story for Laura. He's the one she talks most about. And he seems like a pretty good guy. Brontë: Interesting. Pa: Did you expect something different? Did you think I'd like someone else? Brontë: I thought you'd say Laura, but my second favourite was Pa. Pa: So we're reversed. Brontë: Yeah. Pa: I figured you'd like Laura best. Brontë: What was your favourite moment and your favourite chapter? Pa: My favourite moment was when Ma slapped the bear in the night. That was awesome. And my favourite chapter was the Maple Syrup dance on the day of the sugar snow. That was pretty cool. I loved how everyone really just had fun even with all the hard work that still had to be done. Brontë: Did you like the Harvest chapter? Pa: That must have been your favourite. Brontë: It was one of my favourites. Pa: Yeah. I liked it. It was awesome. Charley deserved to get stung by the bees. Brontë: Yeah he did. When that happened I almost said, "Get off your lazy butt and do some work!" Pa: Yeah he was lazy all right, and a total pain the ass. Pa didn't approve of the way Charley ignored his Dad, did he? Brontë: No, he didn't. I thought the same thing. I love how in the picture when he was wrapped in the bandages all the girls were staring at him with mean faces on. Pa: That's something else I loved, the art. Brontë: Oh yeah, the art was beautiful. Pa: But Laura's writing was even more beautiful. I was impressed. Brontë: I agree. Pa: It was so clear and descriptive, and I felt like I was there sometimes. Brontë: Me too. Every moment I felt like I watched it in my head. Pa: It's cool when you read a book like that. Brontë: And then I could look at the pictures and think, that's what the boys and girls look like and watch it in my head as I read. Pa: I think I could see what they looked like even without the pictures. Brontë: Yeah, me too. Pa: The writing was just that good. Brontë: Especially what she said, like in the dance part when the girls were getting ready, and she described what the dresses looked like and you could totally see the dresses in your head. Pa: Darn good book. Thanks for reading it so I could. Brontë: No problem. Don't forget to say thanks to Auntie Marci too. Pa: And Ma. It's her book. Brontë: Yeah, you're right. Pa: So when are you going to read Little House on the Prairie? Brontë: Umm ... after I finish The Templeton Twins. Pa: I'm looking forward to it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I was obsessed with the Litte House books and the TV show when I was a child. I think I began reading and re-reading the books in second grade. This time around I listened to it on audio, and it was my first time "reading" the book as an adult. I have to admit, I think this book may have played a big part in my choice to be a vegetarian at a young age! It's hard to imagine my 8-year-old self making sense out of the hunting, etc. The farm life in the woods is not for me! That said, the book will I was obsessed with the Litte House books and the TV show when I was a child. I think I began reading and re-reading the books in second grade. This time around I listened to it on audio, and it was my first time "reading" the book as an adult. I have to admit, I think this book may have played a big part in my choice to be a vegetarian at a young age! It's hard to imagine my 8-year-old self making sense out of the hunting, etc. The farm life in the woods is not for me! That said, the book will always hold a special place in my reading heart, and I hope to re-read and/or listen to all of the books in the series again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    No plot, but still an addictive story of a life style both idyllic and boring as hell. And torturous Sundays!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Little House in the Big Woods is what Walden wishes it was, or could have been if Thoreau wasn't such a dick. Laura and her family aren't misanthropic creeps - and they have real skills, unlike vacationing Thoreau. But the book is about self-reliance, getting back to the basics, and living in harmony with nature. It shares a philosophy with Walden - along with two other sortof less-great things. The first is a hopeless lack of plot, and that frustrated me when I first read it. And I do mean first Little House in the Big Woods is what Walden wishes it was, or could have been if Thoreau wasn't such a dick. Laura and her family aren't misanthropic creeps - and they have real skills, unlike vacationing Thoreau. But the book is about self-reliance, getting back to the basics, and living in harmony with nature. It shares a philosophy with Walden - along with two other sortof less-great things. The first is a hopeless lack of plot, and that frustrated me when I first read it. And I do mean first read: this was the first chapter book I ever read all by myself. I battled through the entire series, because my mother told me I'd be a good reader when I was done, and I suppose it worked (I can read!) but honestly I should have just stuck to comic books; the meandering pace here wasn't a great match for little me. (Some of the Little House books have more plot than others.) The second thing Little House shares with Walden is that it's bullshit. Thoreau went home to his mommy when he wanted cookies, and Laura's family were actually subsistence farmers always one bad season away from starving to death. Wilder leaves out her brother's death in infancy to focus on singing by the fire. Both books hide the hardships of the lives they promote. Wilder's book was published in 1932, during the Depression, and it was a collaboration between Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, who was a successful novelist and also a rabid libertarian who advocated the assassination of New Dealing FDR and threatened to do it herself. This is the story Lane and Wilder want to sell you: hardy stock living by their own hard work without government interference. In reality, the Wilders lived harsh and desperate lives. Young, just-married Laura's first farm failed, and she lost it. It was only these books that finally pulled her out of a life of poverty - these books, which advocated exactly the grueling life they rescued her from. That said, this is still a great source of information about such topics as: - Making maple sugar - Square dancing - How much Laura's sister sucks - Why children should be seen and not heard - remember when that was a thing? Ha! - Old-timey songs, and there's a song about an old darkey who dies that you will need to watch out for if you're reading this to your child. It's in chapter 5. That's the only truly oh-shit content. - Weaving straw hats - Old-time candy - if there is a plot, it's that Laura Ingalls Wilder has a sweet tooth; this book is basically about candy - Leaving babies in a pile on a bed while everyone does square dancing - Extremely specific gender roles It's pleasant enough to read, if a little boring. Just keep in mind, when Laura says,"This is now." She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago. It can never be now, either; it never existed at all.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    A walk down memory lane. Although I have a whole bunch of new books to read, I felt like grabbing a childhood favorite from my stacks tonight. The first book in the "Little House" series introduces readers to Laura Ingalls, her Ma &Pa, and sisters, Mary and Carrie living in their log home in the "big woods" of Wisconsin. The thirteen chapters in this book serve as vignettes of what life was like for settler families, the roles and responsibilities of each family member, the customs and teach A walk down memory lane. Although I have a whole bunch of new books to read, I felt like grabbing a childhood favorite from my stacks tonight. The first book in the "Little House" series introduces readers to Laura Ingalls, her Ma &Pa, and sisters, Mary and Carrie living in their log home in the "big woods" of Wisconsin. The thirteen chapters in this book serve as vignettes of what life was like for settler families, the roles and responsibilities of each family member, the customs and teachings that had such an impact on a little girl and shape her to be a grown woman. I always felt a connection to Laura Ingalls right down to her brown hair. Intertwined with these chapters are stories of several family members misadventures that provide chuckles and lessons from beginning to end. It would be terrible for me to overlook the wonderful illustrations from Garth Williams that accompany the author's text. I dare say that without them as child of 9 (the age of my "discovery "), the story might not have had as much impact. I would definitely recommend to the young and young at heart.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nusrat Mahmood

    ঘুম থেকে উঠছি, দাঁত মাঝছি, নাসতা খাচছি, পুতুল নিয়ে খেলছি, ঘরের কাজ করছি, খাবার দাবার খাচছি, গা ধুয়ে ফের ঘুমুতে যাচছি। এটা একটা গলপ হলো? বডড একঘেয়ে হয়ে যাবেনা শুধু এসমসত বরণনা করে বিশাল একটা গলপ ফেঁদে বসলে? সাধারণ জঞান তাই বলছিল কিনতু শেষতক তা হয়ে উঠলো না। কেন? কারণ এগুলো কে বলছে তাও তো দেখা লাগবে , নাকি? লরার গলপ তার ছোটট বাড়িটা আর সেখানে তার সারাদিনের খুঁটিনাটি নিয়ে। তার সাথে আছে তার দুই বোন , মা এবং পা! পা কিনতু খুব সাহসী। একটুও বসে থাকেনা। এই শিকারে বের হচছে, এই ধান মাড়াই নিয়ে হুড়োহুড়ি লাগাচছ ঘুম থেকে উঠছি, দাঁত মাঝছি, নাস্তা খাচ্ছি, পুতুল নিয়ে খেলছি, ঘরের কাজ করছি, খাবার দাবার খাচ্ছি, গা ধুয়ে ফের ঘুমুতে যাচ্ছি। এটা একটা গল্প হলো? বড্ড একঘেয়ে হয়ে যাবেনা শুধু এসমস্ত বর্ণনা করে বিশাল একটা গল্প ফেঁদে বসলে? সাধারণ জ্ঞান তাই বলছিল কিন্তু শেষতক তা হয়ে উঠলো না। কেন? কারণ এগুলো কে বলছে তাও তো দেখা লাগবে , নাকি? লরার গল্প তার ছোট্ট বাড়িটা আর সেখানে তার সারাদিনের খুঁটিনাটি নিয়ে। তার সাথে আছে তার দুই বোন , মা এবং পা! পা কিন্তু খুব সাহসী। একটুও বসে থাকেনা। এই শিকারে বের হচ্ছে, এই ধান মাড়াই নিয়ে হুড়োহুড়ি লাগাচ্ছে। মা টাও তেমনি। সারাদিন এ কাজ ও কাজ! লরা আর মেরিকেও সাথে সাথে দৌড়তে হচ্ছে। তবে সব একটু সাবধানে। কারণ তাদের ছোট বাড়িটা এক বিশাল বড় বনের পাশে। সেখানে রাতে নেকড়ে বের হয়, ভালুক থাকে এমনকি জাগুয়ার পর্যন্ত দেখা যায়। হরিণ এসে বাড়ির পাশের বাগানের গাছপালাও খেয়ে যায় মাঝে মাঝে। এই যে এত ব্যাস্ততা, তার মধ্যেও পোষা কুকুর জ্যাককে নিয়ে ঠিক খেলতে বের হয়ে যায় দুই বোন। তিন নম্বরটি কোলের তাই এখনও সঙ্গী হয়নি তাদের। ঋতু ঘুরে ঘুরে আসে। বরফ পরে। ছুটির দিনগুলোতে দাদাবাড়িতে বেরাতে যাওয়া, দাদীমার হাতের মেপলের রস খাওয়া সেত আরেক উৎসব। পা কিন্তু বেশ রসিয়ে রসিয়ে এই মেপল সিরা সংগ্রহ , দাদুর ছোটবেলার গল্প বা নিজের পিটুনি খাওয়ার গল্প গুলো করে প্রায় সন্ধায়। এই যে একঘেয়ে হবার কথা থাকা সত্ত্বেও গল্পটা মন ছুঁলো কেন জানেন? কারণ লরার নিষ্পাপ চোখ দিয়ে তার সাথে সাথে এসব কাজ আমরা করি প্রতিটি পৃষ্ঠায়। তার স্লেজের পিছনে চড়ে আমরাও যেন ঘুরতে যাই আংকেল পিটারের বাড়ি। যন্ত্র পাতির যুগে নেই, তাই ফসল মাড়াইয়ের মেশিনটা প্রথমবার দেখার মুগ্ধতা লরার সাথে সাথে আমাদেরকেও স্পর্শ করে। কি যে ভাল লাগে। যাই দেখছি তাতেই মুগ্ধ হচ্ছি! এই যে ইন্ডাস্ট্রিয়াল রিভলিউশনের সুবিধা লিখতে লিখতে হাত খয়ে ফেললাম হিস্টরির কোর্সে। এরপর সুযোগ আসলে খুব করে তুলোধুনো করে দিয়ে আসবো! জীবনটা আমার বনের ধারে কাঠের গুড়ির কেবিনে থেকে লরার মতো হতে পারতো হয়তো! দিল না সেটা হতে।

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I wish I had read this when I was younger, because I probably would have enjoyed it more. In third grade, we were all told to read these books, but Harry Potter had just come out. Obviously, dragons and magic were more interesting than life in the Midwest, much to my teacher and my parents dismay. But back to Laura Ingalls... This book is perfect for teaching any child what life was like in the late 1800's, living in the woods trying to survive. Now, it seems utterly preposterous to live this way I wish I had read this when I was younger, because I probably would have enjoyed it more. In third grade, we were all told to read these books, but Harry Potter had just come out. Obviously, dragons and magic were more interesting than life in the Midwest, much to my teacher and my parents dismay. But back to Laura Ingalls... This book is perfect for teaching any child what life was like in the late 1800's, living in the woods trying to survive. Now, it seems utterly preposterous to live this way, but I think children would benefit from this. Rules and chores were all apart of the daily routine, and the most simplest of things were entertaining to young children. They didn't have TV or video games, they went outside and played with whatever they could find...even a pig's bladder. My main problem with this story is there is no beginning, middle or end. There is no "plot" really, and you really could have read any chapter at any time in any order. I know it's a children's book, but I read plenty of children's books that had a plot. Even Amelia Bedelia had a plot. Life in the big woods is great, but I needed something a bit more to the story. I truly expected to fly through this one, but it dragged on a bit too much for me. I think its charm didn't work on me like it did for every other little girl in my third grade class.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Prayudi Setiadharma

    I found this book among my aunts' collections in my grandpa's house when i was living there for three-months back in 1987. Once I read it, I never stop to read over and over again. Well, the life of the Ingalls is wonderful indeed. But what attracts me more is the fact that this book always makes me hungry all the time. You don't believe me, do you? Well, don't take my words for it, just try yourself...especially when you're reading through the "pouring hot maple syrup in the snow", "roasting th I found this book among my aunts' collections in my grandpa's house when i was living there for three-months back in 1987. Once I read it, I never stop to read over and over again. Well, the life of the Ingalls is wonderful indeed. But what attracts me more is the fact that this book always makes me hungry all the time. You don't believe me, do you? Well, don't take my words for it, just try yourself...especially when you're reading through the "pouring hot maple syrup in the snow", "roasting the pigtails", and "smoking the sliced venison using hickory woods"...even the salted fishes for winter sound very tasty there...ouch!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Rollins

    But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the firelight gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting. She thought to herself, “This is now.” She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the firelight gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting. She thought to herself, “This is now.” She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.” Simply the best passsage of American prose. Never once read it without tears. This morning my student said, "Miss Cindy, are you crying?" I was supposed to finish the book on Tuesday but it was a rough day for me because of my dad and so I knew better than to read the last chapter on that day.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

    This might be my favorite book of all time. It's certainly one of the first I remember reading as a child, and it's always been an enormous source of comfort. I tried to find the other edition I have (I've got the first edition minus its dust jacket, along with the paperback set of the series), but no luck on here unfortunately. I treasure all of my books, and the Little House/Rocky Ridge series(es) in particular, but this may be the best of them. This is the one where I find myself quoting as I This might be my favorite book of all time. It's certainly one of the first I remember reading as a child, and it's always been an enormous source of comfort. I tried to find the other edition I have (I've got the first edition minus its dust jacket, along with the paperback set of the series), but no luck on here unfortunately. I treasure all of my books, and the Little House/Rocky Ridge series(es) in particular, but this may be the best of them. This is the one where I find myself quoting as I read, because lines have stuck with me for the last twenty-ish years. I read it in one sitting today and was so pleased to find it's lost none of its magic. Now I'm off to eBay to track down Laura's actual autobiography and plan a trip to Missouri and South Dakota. :D

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    It just isn't possible for me to be objective about the Little House books. They were THE go to books for me as a child, and the comfort books as a teenager. This one is certainly written at a younger level, but I still loved reading about all of the work it took to run a farm - from making butter and cheese and straw hats, etc. Boy do I take a lot for granted. Anyway, I enjoyed it yet again! Perfect finals week comfort-reading :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly ...

    Ahhhh.... lovely memories come with this series of books!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    In the past few months, I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with the television show Little House on the Prairie. It’s something I’ve seen bits and pieces of throughout my life, as there were always reruns playing on some channel. But I’ve never sat down and watched it from the beginning as I’m doing now, and I’ve really been enjoying it. I just had a desperate desire for something pure and wholesome that almost always has a happy ending, and that’s what I’ve found in this series. Since I love In the past few months, I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with the television show Little House on the Prairie. It’s something I’ve seen bits and pieces of throughout my life, as there were always reruns playing on some channel. But I’ve never sat down and watched it from the beginning as I’m doing now, and I’ve really been enjoying it. I just had a desperate desire for something pure and wholesome that almost always has a happy ending, and that’s what I’ve found in this series. Since I love the television series and said series is based on a famous series of books, I obviously need to read them, right? This first book was absolutely adorable. Laura is five years old in this book, and still living in the Big Woods, before her family moves away. The prose is incredibly simply, and seems tailor made for reading aloud to children. There isn’t much plot, but the descriptions are vivid and very engaging, which is exactly what young children will enjoy about the book. I’m not a young child, so did I enjoy this book? Absolutely. I felt like I was right there with Laura, making butter and playing in an attic full of food stored for winter and listening to wolves howl outside of my window. Wilder did a great job of presenting the story through the eyes of a child, and reading it made me feel like a child again. I can’t wait to continue on with the series!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I did a wonderful year-long read aloud with my kindergarten class last year, and it was a fantastic experience. They asked so many good questions, and it spawned so much good discussion, exciting writing and enthusiasm about the books. Kids talked, wrote and drew pictures about different episodes all year. I highly recommend it. I would have loved to integrate this with more study of one-room schoolhouses and our city so many years ago (maybe for 2nd grade?). Part of the reason this worked well I did a wonderful year-long read aloud with my kindergarten class last year, and it was a fantastic experience. They asked so many good questions, and it spawned so much good discussion, exciting writing and enthusiasm about the books. Kids talked, wrote and drew pictures about different episodes all year. I highly recommend it. I would have loved to integrate this with more study of one-room schoolhouses and our city so many years ago (maybe for 2nd grade?). Part of the reason this worked well for my kindergarten kids--in spite of their limited experience with Wisconsin and woods and wagons and farms--is that they, too, were only 5 or 6 years old. In imagining a little girl their own age facing such challenges and fears, and having such fun adventures, was a wonderful experience for them. Since I am a reader and reading specialist more than a kindergarten teacher, I used this book to begin a lot of wonderful deeper comprehension work. By the end of the book (and a year with other wonderful read-alouds), they were using vocabulary like "connection" and "prediction" when talking about what they thought about stories. It was invigorating and inspirational.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dawnie

    This was very cute and quiet a bit longer than expected, but a fun and nice read overall. I never knew about this book series as a child -be it because i didn't grow up in an english speaking country or because my childhood books of this age group where mostly Astrid Lindgren books- but i can defiantly see why its is such a beloved series. Its just nice to see a book about very simple but lovely things. About family and love and helping each other out, no added drama or sad moments that seem com This was very cute and quiet a bit longer than expected, but a fun and nice read overall. I never knew about this book series as a child -be it because i didn't grow up in an english speaking country or because my childhood books of this age group where mostly Astrid Lindgren books- but i can defiantly see why its is such a beloved series. Its just nice to see a book about very simple but lovely things. About family and love and helping each other out, no added drama or sad moments that seem completely unnecessary. its just a cute little story that is defiantly worth a read if you enjoy softer books that don't have a lot of things happening but what is happening is fun and entertaining and most of all lovely to read about. I can completely understand the love and adoration so many people have when talking about this series!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    4 stars - Audiobook - I have dyslexia -

  24. 5 out of 5

    D

    The first installment in the Little House series is, hands down, my favorite. Unlike later books, this window into a young Laura's first home, where for the only time in her life she's surrounded by extended family, their cultures, and their heritage, stands in contrast to the transience that marks her well into adulthood. Little House in the Big Woods takes comfort in housekeeping's simple pleasures, Pa's chilling stories told before a crackling fire in a snug log cabin, and family communion. T The first installment in the Little House series is, hands down, my favorite. Unlike later books, this window into a young Laura's first home, where for the only time in her life she's surrounded by extended family, their cultures, and their heritage, stands in contrast to the transience that marks her well into adulthood. Little House in the Big Woods takes comfort in housekeeping's simple pleasures, Pa's chilling stories told before a crackling fire in a snug log cabin, and family communion. The affection evident in Laura's recollection necessarily implies loss when the reality of pioneering and the finality of trans-continental travel close this chapter of her life forever.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    I didn't usually like girly books when I was a kid, but this one was an exception. Her matter-of-fact descriptions of life in the Big Woods were just so fascinating! The fact that the main character was a girl seemed pretty irrelevant. Beth Ann and I have several times discussed writing a modern-day sequel entitled Little House in the Valley. Laura gets up early every morning to sort the spam and check the website. Then she squeezes orange juice and makes two big lattes for Daddy and his boyfrien I didn't usually like girly books when I was a kid, but this one was an exception. Her matter-of-fact descriptions of life in the Big Woods were just so fascinating! The fact that the main character was a girl seemed pretty irrelevant. Beth Ann and I have several times discussed writing a modern-day sequel entitled Little House in the Valley. Laura gets up early every morning to sort the spam and check the website. Then she squeezes orange juice and makes two big lattes for Daddy and his boyfriend...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    They say you can't go home again, but if you're rereading a beloved children's book, I think you can. I have happy memories of reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books with my mother, and revisiting these wonderful stories of Laura and Mary and Ma and Pa made me feel as cozy and loved as I did when I was a girl. I'm looking forward to rereading the entire series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Reese Copeland

    Read this book to my 3 yo son. He seemed to enjoy it. It good good descriptions and seemed to have good values that are things I would want to teach him too. Last time I read it was when I was in school .

  28. 4 out of 5

    Krista Wright

    Such a sweet, simple book! I loved this series when I was a kid, and it's so fun to go back and read them all over again now.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Selene Matheson

    3.5 Stars As an adult these are not as interesting. I can see how children would love them though! They are very informative of the past.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I remember reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a child, but I never expanded my reading to the entire series. A reading challenge in a Goodreads group I participate in prompted me to read Little House in the Big Woods, and even though it was written for children, I still found it very enjoyable. Throughout the book Laura provides many stories from her childhood when they lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin in the mid 1800s. I've always been intrigued by what life must have been like d I remember reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a child, but I never expanded my reading to the entire series. A reading challenge in a Goodreads group I participate in prompted me to read Little House in the Big Woods, and even though it was written for children, I still found it very enjoyable. Throughout the book Laura provides many stories from her childhood when they lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin in the mid 1800s. I've always been intrigued by what life must have been like during the era before all the modern day conveniences. In some ways, it definitely seems a lot worse - like it being a big journey just to go seven miles down the road, and in other ways it seems better - all that organic (Lol) food! I was sad to learn, however, that you have to kill a calf to make cheese. When I think about all the changes that Laura and others living in the same time period were able to see, it absolutely boggles my mind. Laura was born in 1867 and died in 1957. She went from living the life of a pioneer to almost being able to see the first rocket launched into space - Laura died in February and Sputnik was launched in October of the same year. I wish I was old enough to have been able to talk to people who lived through these extreme changes. I'm sure it was like living in two completely different worlds.

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