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Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House) (edition 1997)

by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Renee Graef (Illustrator)

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Title:Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House)
Authors:Laura Ingalls Wilder
Other authors:Renee Graef (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (1997), Paperback, 32 pages
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Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Summary: It was almost Christmas and Laura and her family were getting ready for their relatives to come over. While Laura was waiting, she helped her mother and sister make food for Christmas day. Once her relatives arrived all of the cousins were so excited to have children to play with that they began playing immediately. Everyone went to bed as soon as possible because they knew that Santa was coming that night and when they woke up everyone had small gifts in their stockings, but Laura had one extra gift. Laura got a doll that she cherished from the moment she saw it, but she let all the children play with the doll too.

Review: Wilder writes her accounts of her childhood in a way that seems magical and exciting. Young readers can become enticed with her descriptions, such as "...big bear hug against his cold inter coast...covered with melting snowflakes," as well as the illustrations that go along with every page (p. 3). Children are able to relate to this story because it deals with getting ready for an exciting event, in this case Christmas, but any large family gathering would fit in.

Wilder's main message of this particular book of hers is that there is much joy in the simple aspects of life. She goes around in the story talking about how excited she was about getting ready for her family to come join her and when she received a rag doll for Christmas she was over the moon. In the 21st Century children can get caught up in the wave of materialistic jargon, but Wilder helps eliminate the extravagant lifestyle excitement and bring us back to our home roots. ( )
  Kweber8 | Sep 6, 2014 |
Laura has an idyllic life with her two sisters, her parents and a bulldog named Jack.
Christmas is coming and preparations are rampant--Ma is making cookies, pies and a special molassas snow candy.
Christmas Eve brings Aunt Eliza, Uncle Peter and cousins! The children make snow images and hang their stockings;they receive simple gifts-peppermint sticks and red homemade mittens.
The story has so many homespun images and is beautifully illustrated by Renee Graef. ( )
  shsunon | Jan 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064434877, Paperback)

Long ago, a little girl named Laura Ingalls lived in a little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their good old bulldog, Jack. Winter was just around the corner, and Laura worked hard to help make the little house ready for the cold days ahead. Soon there was frost on the windows and snow on the ground, but Laura and her folks were warm and cozy in their snug little house in the Big Woods.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers. Now for the first time, the youngest readers can share her adventures in these very special picture books adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved storybooks. Renée Graef's warm paintings, inspired by Garth Williams' classic Little House illustrations, bring Laura and her family lovingly to life.

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A young pioneer girl and her family celebrate Christmas in their cabin in the Wisconsin woods.

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