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The Little House Books: the Library of America Collection Hardcover – Aug 30 2012

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  • Hardcover: 1750 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; Box edition (Aug. 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159853162X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598531626
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 7.1 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Caroline Fraser, editor, is the author most recently of Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution. She has written for The New Yorker, where she was formerly on the editorial staff, The Atlantic, Outside Magazine, Allure, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review, among other publications. Her essays and reviews also appear in The New York Review of Books. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Connie Neumann on Oct. 17 2012
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To have Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House saga packaged by the Library of America is testimony to the enduring story that has never been out of print since they first appeared in 1932. At first I was leery of having the classic Garth Williams illustrations missing, but relished the power of Wilder's descriptions to stand on their own in the canon of pure American literature. No illustrations are needed for these stories to come alive and introduce new generations to a time and place long gone but essential to our cultural history. Library of America packaged Wilder's words in a beautiful 2-volume set with a classic photograph of prairie and author on the slipcase box. That's a perfect package for the Little House books to be presented as American classics for all ages.
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Loved this was just as l remembered as a child. Interesting read and l enjoyed the real life details of Laura
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Okay, but . . . Nov. 13 2012
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I am a huge Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, and have ready many books by her and about her. I thought this 2-volume collection would contain more information than it does. It's basically the Little House set, unillustrated, with footnotes at the end. The footnotes are interesting but honestly, they don't add much to the Ingalls story. And I still prefer the old volumes with the extremely charming Garth Williams illustrations. I'm giving this 3 stars mostly because I love Laura's writing -- not so much for this new repackaging of her story.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Little House books April 3 2013
By Debra J. Briggs - Published on
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I was very disappointed when I received these Little House books as they are not illustrated. I was really looking forward to reading them to my grandchildren and without the illustrations (which I expected to be there) I feel the story will be less interesting. As a child being able to see the illustrations of Laura, Mary and Almanzo were a great part of my fascination with the stories.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
All the "Little House" novels collected Oct. 31 2012
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These two volumes are a complete set of one of the most widely read series of stories about the American pioneer families. The presentation is consistent with the Library of America's intention to collect important fiction and non-fiction in permanent, high-quality editions. The volumes include a 20-page chronology of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, which helps set the context of the stories, and notes about things and people mentioned in the stories that might not be familiar to today's reader (for example, quotes of lines from songs of the period).

These books are an attractive set of an important part of American literature, intended for adult readers (much like the recently issued LoA set of science fiction novels of the 1950s). Young readers might start with paperback editions (though they will cost more in total than this set if the copies are new).
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Everything I've been searching for Jan. 30 2013
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I have been looking to reread as an adult the Little House books I loved and read again and again as a child but didn't want to bother dragging the child sized books on trips. It wouldn't be worth it to bring 2 or 3 books that would take me as much time to get through as 1 adult book so I was ecstatic when I found all 9 books in two handy volumes.

If you are looking to introduce your own young relatives to the Little House series this isn't it, stick with the child sized ones with the wonderful illustrations. However if you're looking to reread treasured stories in a more convenient format then buy this set.

The cover photos are beautiful as well as the binding and the ribbon bookmarks. i also love that they include photographs of the real Laura Ingalls Wilder as an adult and as a child with Mary and Carrie.

Totally worth it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Exactly Right Jan. 7 2013
By karin - Published on
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This was a Christmas gift and I was very pleased, as was the recipient. The slipcover is lovely and the books are a pleasure to hold in the hands - nice shape, not too heavy. I could not find this information anywhere online, but these books ARE printed in the United States of America. I would expect nothing less from a nonprofit that calls itself "The Library of America" and claims to be preserving American Literature, but you never know these days. I would have returned them if they had arrived otherwise!