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Little House on the Prairie (original 1935; edition 1975)

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Title:Little House on the Prairie
Authors:Laura Ingalls Wilder
Info:Perennial Library (1975), Edition: TX 3259, Paperback, 335 pages
Collections:Your library, 2012

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Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1935)


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I've been previewing chapter books to read-aloud to my kids, and this was one that I had never actually read. While I understand some of the criticisms this gets because of racism, the relationship with Native Americans was much more nuanced than I expected. Yes, Ma is clearly racist but Pa shows some deep understanding of the Native dilemma and his own role in it. I think this book provides a great opportunity for discussion about the true history of the west. I won't read this to my kids yet, partly because I didn't realize this was the second book in the series, but mostly because I want to explore a little more Native American history with them first so we can have these discussions.

Although it is fictionalized and overly nostalgic, this is an amazing example of a living history book and deserves to be a classic. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |
Laura Ingalls and her family are making their way from Wisconsin to Missouri because her father has decided Wisconsin has become "too settled". The book encompasses a year in their life as they journey to their new home, build a house, begin to settle the land, meet new neighbors and have run-ins with "Indians."
The book is quite informational and realistic, even written from the child's perspective. The modern adult reader must remember, though, that the author, who is writing semi-autobiographically, grew up in a different time-period and her opinions on the "Indians" must be filtered through that lens. Parents reading this with young children should take care to have informed conversations with said children regarding the Native Americans and how the ideas expressed in this book are not necessarily still felt today.
I never read these books as a child, so I don't have any kind of nostalgia factor clouding my objectivity when it comes to this review. ( )
  EmScape | Dec 18, 2014 |
This is a children's series book about the life of Laura Ingalls and her family growing up on the new frontier. The book is written by Laura and depicts tales of her childhood. This is a wonderful book that can be used to show the life of a child on the new frontier in the later 1800's and early 1900's. This book is appropriate for children 2nd grade and up.
  SaraJoslin | Nov 15, 2014 |
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This is a story that centers on the Ingalls, a pioneer family. The novel represents memories of the author's life in the Midwest during the nineteenth-century. Wilder structured the work to include twenty-six chapters, told from the perspective of Laura Ingalls in the third person. Laura is also the central character and main protagonist. With this in mind, Wilder begins the book with an introduction of the family, which consists of Ma and Pa, three daughters: Mary, Laura, and Carrie: and the family guard dog. As the story begins, the family is moving, traveling through Minnesota and Kansas and camping outdoors on the prairie. By the sixth chapter, the Ingalls move into the log cabin they built. Throughout the rest of the work, the family continues to discover their surroundings, encountering both good times and challenges. By the end of 'Little House on the Prairie,' the family eventually heads for Independence Missouri, to a great country

Personal reaction:I like that this story it is such a classic and can be read for a long time.

Classroom extension ideas:
1.The students can learn how to make butter like the did in the pioneer days
2.The students can make button string like laura and Mary did in this book ( )
  christyb2020 | Oct 27, 2014 |
Okay i like this book because of the deatils and how they like to exporle tyhe world. LIke qhwn they were howling in the moonlight enormous, and so close Laura could almost see their glittering eyes. Then she whispered to Pa turning from the window the wolves have made a circle around the whole house. What will they do. Well what happen was Pet and Patty began to trot brisky, as if they were glad , too. Laura heldd tight to the wagon bow and stood up in the jolting wagon. Beyond Pa's shoulder abd far acorss the waves of green grass she could see the tress, and they were not like any trees she had seen before. ( )
  GiannaB.b1 | Oct 20, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Laura Ingalls Wilderprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hallqvist, Britt G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taula, S. S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, GarthIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A long time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin.
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The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house.

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A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire.

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