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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 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 Remembrance of Things Past June 30 2003
Format:Paperback
While in her 60s Laura began to write about her childhood memories of the 1870s-80s. This first book was about her early life in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Later, her second book was about her family's move to the virgin prairies. Like other Americans, then or now, her family moved to a seeming better life. But others stayed to live where their grandfather's grandfather resided. This book teaches the importance to children in obeying their parents, and what can happen if they don't. Her second book shows an improvement over her first.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the World of Little House April 27 2003
Format:Paperback
This is the first book in the amazing Little House series written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid portrait of pioneer life Sept. 16 2002
Format:Hardcover
"Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs." So begins "Little House in the Big Woods," by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The book tells the story of young Laura, a pioneer girl who lives with her Pa, Ma, sister Mary, baby sister Carrie, bulldog Jack, and Black Susan the cat.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wondeful series for Adults to read (or read again) too
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Published on June 16 2004 by K. M. Chance
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series
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 more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you go back in Time!!!
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 more
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