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The Little House Set [Paperback]

Laura Ingalls Wilder , Garth Williams
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April 25 1973

The set includes:Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.

Little House in the Big Woods

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.

Little House on the Prairie

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 are happy with the promise of their new life on the prairie.

Farmer Boy

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Almanzo and his brother and sisters work at their chores from dawn to supper most days -- no matter what the weather. There is still time for fun, though, especially with the horses, which Almanzo loves more than anything.

On the Banks of Plum Creek

Laura's family's first home in Minnesota is made of sod, but Pa builds a clean new house made of sawed lumber beside Plum Creek. The money for materials will come from their first wheat crop. Then, just before the wheat is ready to harvest, a strange glittering cloud fills the sky, blocking out the sun. Soon millions of grasshoppers cover the field and everything on the farm. In a week's time, there is no wheat crop left at all.

By the Shores of Silver Lake

Pa Ingalls heads west to the unsettled wilderness of the Dakota Territory. When Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and baby Grace join him, they become the first settlers in the town of De Smet. And Pa begins work on the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the shores of Silver Lake.

The Long Winter

The first terrible storm comes to the barren prairie in October. Then it snows almost without stopping until April. Snow has reached the rooftops, and no trains can get through with food or coal. The people of De Smet are starving, including Laura's family, who wonder how they're going to make it through this terrible winter. It is young Almanzo Wilder who finally understands what needs to be done. He must save the town, even if it means risking his own life.

Little Town on the Prairie

The long winter is over. With spring come socials, parties, and "Literaries." There is also work to be done. Laura spends many hours each day sewing shirts to help send Mary to a college for the blind. But in the evenings, Laura makes time for a new caller, Almanzo Wilder.

These Happy Golden Years

Laura is teaching school, and it's terrifying! Most of the students are taller than she is, and she must sleep away from home for the first time. Laura is miserable, but the money is needed to keep Mary in a college for the blind. And every Friday -- no matter what the weather -- Almanzo Wilder arrives to take Laura home to her family for the weekend. Laura and Almanzo are courting, and even though she's not yet sixteen, she knows that this is a time for new beginnings.

The First Four Years

Laura and Almanzo Wilder have just been married! Their life on a small prairie homestead begins with high hopes. But each year seems to bring unexpected disasters -- storms, sickness, fire, and unpaid debts. These first four years call for courage, strength, and a great deal of determination. Always, though, there is love, especially for the newest member of the family -- baby Rose.


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Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in the Wisconsin woods in 1867. She wrote the Little House books based on her own experiences growing up on the Western frontier. Just like the characters in her stories, Laura and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest as they moved from place to place. She and her husband, Almanzo, finally settled down in Mansfield, Missouri, where she lived until she was ninety years old.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Should Own These Jan. 9 2010
Format:Paperback
I had to search a fair bit to find these books in a boxed set that included all 9 volumes, so this was a great find. The illustrations are the original ones and the books themselves, of course, are classics. The box itself is a little flimsy, not the strong corrugated cardboard that I owned as a little girl (in the '80s). My daughter (7) loved this gift though and it was a good value for the price (compared to buying separate volumes).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius Dec 14 2004
By Onanon Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I have been reading these books since I could read and 25 years later, I still read them yearly and now read them to my children who are 2.5 and 4 months. My 2.5 year old son is always telling me how he loves Laura and I tell him that I do too.
Excellent, wonderful, classic, enduring and endearing; these books will never go out of style. We are now starting to read the other Little House books and just love everything to do with Laura and her family. I highly recommend them to anyone, young or old, male or female.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Childhood Favorite of Mine Too! July 3 2004
Format:Paperback
When I was a little girl in the 1970's I was a big fan of the Little House on The Prairie TV show and I was very happy when one Christmas, probably either 1974 or 1975 I received a boxset of the Little House book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and I loved the books. I still have my books but no longer have the box they came in and the books have gotten a lot of wear and tear from many people reading them such as myself and with them being borrowed many times over the years by friends, cousins, my niece, etc but that just proves how well loved these books are. The set has 9 books which are all outstanding and are the true life stories and adventures of the real Ingalls family and written by Laura who wrote about her family, what life was like back in the mid to late 1800's etc and the books are Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, On The Banks of Plum Creek, By The Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years which introduces Laura Ingall's husband to be, Almanzo Wilder, The First Four Years which details Laura and Almanzo's married life and their daughter Rose plus there is also Farmer boy. Most of the books detail The Ingall's family from their life in their homestate of Wisconsin to their journeys to Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota and finally The Dakota Territory which is where Laura met Almanzo but there is also the book Farmer Boy which Laura wrote about Almanzo's account of his childhood on a farm in New York state. These books are great and I highly recommend them to people of all ages, but I especially recommend buying the boxset!
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Classics! Jan. 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
One of the biggest fallacies about the Little House books is that they are "girls' books." It was that perception of the books, as well as the sappy, smaltzy "Little House on the Prairie" TV show, that kept me from reading these books until I was in my early teens. One day just out of sheer boredom, I read my sister's worn copy of "Little House in the Big Woods." What a great book! A story of a family's survival in the wilderness with tales of bears, panthers, wolves, hunting, and all sorts of neat information on how pioneer people lived. "Little House in the Big Woods" erased my conception of the Little House books as "girlie stuff" and I promptly read the rest of the series.
Yes, some elements will appeal more to girls especially Mrs. Wilder's very detailed descriptions of women's clothing. (I generally just read what color the dress was and then skip over the rest of the description.) However, her stories about Indians, wild animals, blizzards, grasshopper storms, bandits, bullies threatening to beat up teachers, unruly students, unhinged farmwives, bossy older sisters, and a whole host of other great stuff will make these books fascinating to anyone interested in pioneer life regardless of gender.
Despite my age I still consider these among my favorite books. They are truly heartwarming classics with the magnificent illustrations of Garth Williams. Laura, the main character, will appeal to almost anyone- honest, principled, courageous, industrious, but with very human elements- including envy of her older sister and holding grudges, especially against snooty Nellie Oleson and her teacher (and future sister-in-law) Eliza Jane Wilder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favorite! Sept. 15 2003
Format:Paperback
Heroines: varied
Travel westward in a covered wagon with the Ingalls family and experience the joys of family reunions, the daily drudgery of feeding chickens and milking cows, and the terror of tornadoes, sudden blizzards which dump yards of snow around you, and "wild" Indians who appear at your doorstep.

What worked for me:
These books just thrilled me as a child and they thrill me still as I read them aloud to my own children now. I love watching their fascination at what a struggle it was to survive in the rugged American wilderness, and can't help but smile as they absorb their first history lesson in such a painless fashion.
Size-wise Laura Ingalls was described as being round like a French pony, but she really longed to be willowy with golden curls like her older sister Mary. From the very first book we hear how five year old Laura was so disappointed with her appearance and see how she always measured herself against her sister's paler beauty.

What didn't work for me:
The only disappointment I have had with this series is that the final book is so short and lacks the warmth of the earlier novels, probably because Mrs. Wilder passed away before it was rewritten.

Overall:

Fans of historical and juvenile literature should enjoy these books. (And fans of romance should enjoy the later books when Laura meets her husband.)
Note: The series was the basis of the popular television show, "Little House on the Prairie".
Warning: The story is sweet and easygoing, but also deals with the harsh realities of life in that era. It is less than "PC" at times because it accurately depicts the general attitude towards native Americans in those days. If you are planning to read this to a youngster, be prepared for possible questions on these matters.
If you liked the "Little House" series you might also enjoy the "Anne of Green Gables" series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good series
A classic set of books loved by the whole family. A companion set of books which actually told life like it really was would be good too
Published 5 months ago by Janis E Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift
My Granddaughter was over the moon when she opened up her books, she is an avid reader and she was so happy. Very pleased with the service from Amazon
Published 6 months ago by Darlene Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for this generation
I read this series to my children and now bought a set for a granddaughter. I have my original set that stays at Grandma's .The set came very quickly and was a good price. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ariane falzetta
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Everything we expected. We read these as children and have now bought them to read to our children. Great Classic.
Published 16 months ago by Samuel & Elisabeth Keeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This set is perfect! It has all of the Laura Years books and is very reasonably priced. Items arrived in perfect condition too.
Published on March 30 2010 by M. Rochon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Novels!
These books are written beautifully by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was enchanted with them when I was young and now as an adult I am still amazed. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2009 by M. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth 25$
I first read these books when I was in first grade. Since then, my copies have disintegrated because they've been read so often. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by U4RiiA
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING
I love these books. I started first by watching the television series. Then a couple of years later my mother bought me the books. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002 by "lesleajon"
5.0 out of 5 stars Rated as the one of the best books I have read.
I read these books as a child many times. I have read them many times as an adult. I have sons and when they are older I will encourage them to read them also. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002
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