Title: Little House on the Prairie
Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Blurb: 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 ploughing, 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.
My Thoughts: This series is a series in which I have read all the books over and over and over again. Told through Laura’s eyes, and fading memories as she was well into her sixties when she started writing them, we get a good idea of life on the American frontier in the second half of the 1800s. Laura gives us plenty of detail about their everyday life in fictional form, making it both interesting and educational. Lives was so different then with no local store to pop into, and even if there was one within a few days drive, then things were not always in stock. People had to make do with what they grew or made themselves. No greed allowed, imagine a child of today being presented with a shiny tin cup, a sugar lolly and a small coin as their only gifts for Christmas – there would be tantrums galore! Laura and her sister were overjoyed. The family had to deal with a pack of wolves howling around, malaria attach when the whole family nearly dies, and local Indian folk wanting to kill all the white settlers invading their land. Reading LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, and the rest of the series, always manages to leave me in awe at what the Ingalls, and the other pioneers, dealt with on a daily basis, not just in America – but in other countries around the world – and makes me really appreciate just what we have today.
Rating: B – Really Good Read
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