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Little House In The Big Woods 75th Anniversary Edition [Hardcover]

Laura I Wilder
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Sept. 13 2007 Little House

Laura Ingalls's story begins in 1871 in a little logcabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives inthe little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and theirtrusty dog, Jack.

Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family mustgrow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But itis also exciting as Laura and her folks celebrate Christmas with homemade toysand treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their firsttrip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house,with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off tosleep.

And so begins Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girland her family. The nineLittle House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both aunique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettablestory.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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Laura Ingalls's story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack.

Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her folks celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep.

And so begins Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Grade 1 reading for granddaughter Feb. 19 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
...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. She can now purchase all the books she wants to read (with mommy's permission, of course). I myself have read the entire series twice and would read it again in a heart beat. Every little girl should read how little girls lived years ago...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little house series June 15 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. It's a wholesome story of a typical American family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little House in the Big Woods Jan. 31 2012
Format:Paperback
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. Good for both sexes and all ages, I feel. My young reader now is eager to read the rest of the series.
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Format:Paperback
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! I am seeing the whole experience from a new perspective now that I am 35 (relating more with Ma I think) and I am enjoying the stories completely. It's also nice because the books can be read in a single afternoon or just a few hours. A wonderful look at the pioneer life with details about cheese making, maple suger harvests, and cabin building (in the later novels). I highly recommend these books but suggest reading them in order to keep the story of Laura's adventures straight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series April 3 2004
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Format:Paperback
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. My favourite part is when they go to a dance at Grandma's house and Laura danced with her uncle. I would recommend this book for people who like to read happy books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you go back in Time!!! March 11 2004
Format:Paperback
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. This is a GREAT book and I hope that everybody reads it. I recommend this especially to the people that lives in the cities because you see what the backwoods are like and how it is kind of today!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glimpses of the Past Feb. 10 2004
Format:Paperback
Life is hard living on the frontier of Wisconsin in the 1870's. Laura is only a little girl, but she still needs to help with chorus around her family's log cabin. There are wild animals in the woods, and they must provide for themselves since the nearest town in hours away. But it's not all hard work. If Pa's not tired, he might entertain his daughters with a story or by playing his fiddle. With family relatively nearby to visit, life is certainly never dull.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Childrens Classic Jan. 13 2004
Format:Hardcover
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 portrayal of pioneer life in the "big woods" of western Wisconsin. The book's pertinant underlying theme is the importance of the family unit, and the perserverance of the human spirit through times of hardship. It should not be forgotten, however, that the book is an idealization, a toned-down version, of pioneer life. Wilder was later accused of distorting and fabricating her stories, an aligation which shocked her because it had been her intention to write stories, not history. But that, I guess, is irrelevant to the children that this book--and those of the series--was intended for.
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