Little House Nine-Book Box Set Paperback – Oct 14 2008
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Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. With her family, she pioneered throughout America’s heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year. The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home. After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932. The nine Little House books are international classics. Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America’s quintessential pioneer story.
Garth Williams's classic illustrations for the Little House books caused Laura to remark that she "and her folks live again in these pictures." Garth Williams also illustrated Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and almost one hundred other books.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I loved reading this series as a young girl and I'm so happy that I can enjoy it with my daughter now. Read more
Do you like to read to your children? Would you like to encourage your children to read? Buy this. Wonderful stories, easy to read, delightful!Published 14 months ago by JR
Loved these books as a kid and I am sure my neice will too. Christmas gift will be exciting for her as she finds the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder.Published 16 months ago by Nicole Gordon
Written on a child's level, heartwarming, motivating and spiritual for all.
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 tooPublished on Jan. 30 2014 by Janis E Booth
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 AmazonPublished on Jan. 2 2014 by Darlene Bailey
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 morePublished on July 24 2013 by ariane falzetta
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