Little House In The Big Woods 75th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – Sep 13 2007
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Although the Little House stories are traditionally seen as "girl" books, boys might be happily surprised if they take another peek at their sisters' shelves. Little House in the Big Woods--the first book of the series and Laura Ingalls Wilder's first children's book--is full of the thrills, chills, and spills typically associated with "boy" books. Any boy or girl who has fantasized about running off to live in the woods will find ample information in these pages to manage a Wisconsin snowstorm, a panther attack, or a wild sled ride with a pig as an uninvited guest. Every chapter divulges fascinatingly intricate, yet easy-to-read, details about pioneer life in the Midwest in the late 1800s, from bear-meat curing to maple-tree sapping to homemade bullet making.
Wilder's autobiographical tales ring with truth and excitement. Readers will receive a perfectly painless history lesson, and in fact will clamor for more. Beloved illustrator Garth Williams spent years researching young Laura's pioneering family. His soft-line illustrations bring to life the full, simple days and nights in the family's log cabin. No one can read just one Little House book! (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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New York Times bestselling author RACHEL GIBSON returns with this dazzling love story filled with sizzle, sass, and just a bit of southern charm
And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It’s been years since she last saw Henry Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.
Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry. She got what she wanted—and more—but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?
Henry got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cuff links for a good set of hand tools.
Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he’s come face-to-face with the one who got away. He’s not looking for love. He’s not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he’s ever done?--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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I had not read these books since I was a child until picking this up to reread. I had forgotten how entertaining they really are. There is no real plot, just a collection of stories covering a year in the life of the Ingalls family. This makes sense since they really are an autobiographical work. Still, the simple charm of the stories sucked me right in and I had a hard time putting the book down. There is plenty of detail here to give anyone a good picture of daily life during this time. And I must mention the illustrations by Garth Williams that greatly add to the book.
There's a reason these books are so well loved 70 years after they were written. They are an entertaining look at everyday life in a different time and place. This is a book to treasure.
This book presents a simple life that has disappeared beneath asphalt roads. Many Americans still raise their own crops, milk cows, feed and slaughter pigs, and hunt for food. But what has changed is the decreasing number of owner-operated small holders, and the increasing number of corporate agricultural factories. Few want to return to the olden days of constant manual labor, although the Amish continue to thrive on their lands.
I hope her books will continue to be read long after the fantasies of JK Rowlings are as forgotten as those of Horatio Alger, or those Wild West stories popular when Laura was alive.
These books act as a biography and historical record of a pioneer family, the Ingalls. Laura is the 2nd daughter of Charles and Caroline Ingalls. In this particular book we meet up with the Ingalls family living in the big woods of Wisconsin. Charles is a farmer, a hunter, a trapper and adventurer. Caroline takes care of the family and runs the household. Laura and Mary are two young girls living in a log cabin in the big, dark woods.
The most charming aspect of this book is that we see pioneer life through the eyes of a young child. It is interesting to note that Laura Ingalls Wilder did not start writing until she was in her 60's but she still tells this story in a very child like way. This is not to say the books are not well written, they certainly are. But the writing gets increasingly better as the series contiues. I'm not sure if this was by design or not... of course the stories are told by a much older narrator as the story continues. This would definitely lend itself to better narration.
These books are excellent reads for children in 3rd grade and up. They are written in a nice, simple style, yet they are just challenging enough to keep kids thinking.
I have also found that younger children, especially in 2nd grade love to hear these stories as read alouds. If you want your child to learn about life long ago these books are a great stepping stone.
This first volume in the series concludes with Pa Ingalls moving on with his family to the great west. It seems the big woods were getting smaller as more people moved in, and Charles got the itch to move on. The Ingalls family heads out on a wonderful adventure to the wide open environment of the prairie.
If you read it, you will find it hard not to want to read the rest of the story and continue the series. It's hard not to love these sweet family oriented tales.
This book is a richly detailed portrait of pioneer life. There isn't much of a plot; the book is basically a record of the day-to-day lives of this hardy pioneer family. The book goes into fascinating detail about the family's activities: butchering a hog, smoking meat, churning butter, making bullets, fiddling, harvesting maple syrup, and more. Also fascinating are the characters' encounters with the various wild animals of the big woods--some dangerous, some cute.
The characters are memorable. Ma is the quintessential pioneer woman: hard-working and resourceful. I really got the sense that she's the glue that holds the family together. Pa is a particularly colorful and lovable character: a hunter, trapper, and farmer who is also a musician and a master storyteller. Indeed, the oral tradition of storytelling is an important motif in the book.
It's fascinating to escape to a world without DVDs, movie theaters, CDs, cable television, the Internet, or the other modern things we take for granted. This book takes us back to such a world, and reveals it to be a colorful and fascinating place.
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It is a great price for a great book, but large sections are missing! Whole paragraphs are cut out and there are sections where one sentence changes abruptly into something else,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lauren
...bought it for my 6 year old granddaughter. It is so much more fun reading on a kindle (for her). I ended up getting her a tablet and downloading the kindle app. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sharon Covert
I love the Little house series. It's a wonderful depiction of life in the 1800's, and I love the history of the Ingalls family. I would recommend it for any child. Read morePublished on June 15 2013 by Eva Barlow
I bought this book for a young friend. I loved the book when I read it with my mother in 1955. This book is timeless. It is well written and holds the interest of the young reader. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2012 by Nancy J Lowe
I read these as a youngster and I am re-reading them after a trip near Independence, Kansas where we saw a house where Laura's family once setteld. They are great books! Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by K. M. Chance
I am an 8 year old girl who loves the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Why I liked it is because it's so happy and because I liked the little girls. Read morePublished on April 3 2004
This book shows what it was like back in the 1800's. It tells when they had to travel by wagons and you couldn't go to town everyday. Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by Amazon Customer
The first book of the Little House series that has become an (North) American classic. When I first read this book as a child I was thoroughly mesmerized by Wilder's evocative... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by K Scheffler
Little House in the Big Woods is fantastic! Laura celebrates her fifth birthday and Christmas with her family. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004
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