Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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The book that started it all! Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's treasured Little House series, which is based on her life growing up as an American pioneer.

Told from four-year-old Laura's point-of-view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. 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 for the family, since they 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 family 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 history and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

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About Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Wilder was born near Pepin, Wisconsin; attended school in DeSmet, South Dakota; and became a teacher before she was 16, teaching for seven years in Dakota Territory schools. She and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, farmed near DeSmet for about nine years and then moved to Mansfield, Missouri, where they lived out the rest of their days. Wilder did not write her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, about her early years in Wisconsin, until late in life, on the urging of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It was first published in 1932. She followed this with Farmer Boy (1933), a book about her husband's childhood in New York State. She then completed a series of books about her life as she and her family moved westward along the frontier. Little House on the Prairie (1935) records the family's move to Kansas. On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937) describes the family's move to Minnesota. By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939) records the family's move to South Dakota, as do the final three books in the series: The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie (1941), and These Happy Golden Years (1943), which ends with her marriage to Almanzo Wilder. Three of Wilder's books were published posthumously: On the Way Home, a diary of her trip to Mansfield; The First Four Years, an unfinished book about her first four years of marriage; and West from Home, letters she wrote on a visit to her daughter in San Francisco, none of them up to the quality of her earlier books. At her best, Wilder employs a clear, simple style, a wealth of fascinating detail, and a straightforward narrative style. Her tales of a strong, traditional frontier family that endures the hardships of the late eighteenth century are seen through the eyes of a child, which endears them to young readers. Her work is possibly the best example of historical realistic fiction for children.
 
Published January 1, 1963 by PUFFIN BOOKS. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History. Fiction

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Hines collects these earlier works for the first time, organizing articles, columns, and poetry into categories such as "Her Husband's Partner" and "A New Day for Women," with each selection leading naturally to the next and the overall point of view that of a proudly rural woman.

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Wilder's classic autobiographical series about growing up in a pioneer family in the late 1800s makes its audio debut in the very capable hands of stage actress Cherry Jones. This first install

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This factoid and the more than 100 other tidbits of information in The Little House Trivia Book, edited by Diane Boyd Stensrud, will challenge fans' knowledge of all nine of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books.

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Wilder's classic autobiographical series about growing up in a pioneer family in the late 1800s makes its audio debut in the very capable hands of stage actress Cherry Jones.

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Laura wasn't sure about marrying Manly, she'd 'always said she'd never marry a farmer' .

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In this era of screens, speed, sports and multiple distractions, parents can often forget to read to their children.

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USA Today

She imagines the day when everything in a woman's kitchen "from peeling the potatoes to cooking the dinner and washing the dishes is done by electricity," giving farm wives more time to listen to the birds singing or notice the beauty of the sky and clouds.Still, a little of that kind of historic...

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Common Sense Media

New readers and those familiar with Laura Ingalls and her family will love following along as Laura takes them through a year in the life of the little family of pioneers.

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KidsReads

Laura, her ma, pa, big sister Mary and baby sister Carrie live in a tiny log house in an enormous forest.

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Hope Chest Reviews

For a complete list of books in the Little House series plus fun activities and information for both kids and adults visit the Little House Books website.

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Books. Lists. Life

Do you think they were as good as Laura says, or do you think she's imposing a little bit of wishful thinking on the book?.

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—Julie Wilcox DannenbergBack in the 1960s all the little girls in our neighborhood began to read the Little House on the Prairie series, long before it became so popular as a television series.

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