Friday, February 6, 2009

Little House in the Big Woods

Charming little book! Even if I never watched the tv show... I'm actually surprised that I learned a couple of things about life back then as well. Bonus!

Laura Ingalls Wilder describes growing up in one of the first pioneer families in Wisconsin in the late 1800s. She didn't actually write the books until the 1930s and they're all autobiographical. I think that's amazing.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on 7 February 1867 so I'm using this book for the Celebrate the Author challenge. Visit Wikipedia ro read more about her life.

Even more amazing is the fact that this is a children's book and it describes so many details of life in the 1860s - including how Ma churned butter and how Pa made bullets. It's a great book for kids to read - childhood today is so very different, after all.

There's plenty for adults too, though. What really struck me was how hard everyone had to work all the time and how they didn't let anything go to waste. Nothing was wasted. Wow, compared to today? I wonder what those people would say if they saw today's world...

Anyway, I loved this book and will certainly be getting the next ones in the series.

Challenges: 1st in a series, 999 Challenge, A-Z Challenge, Casual Classics, Celebrate the Author, Decades 2009, In Their Shoes, New Authors, What's in a Name


Ana S. said...

This does sound lovely! And I had never heard of it before, so thanks!

Crafty Mama said...

This series was my favorite from Childhood!!!! I have read those books hundreds of times. My favorite was either "On the Banks of Plum Creek" or "These Happy Golden Years." Oh, I love them so much!

Unknown said...

Hi! Sorry I couldn't find an email for you and I really needed help in how to go about with the Reading Challenges. I'm a Newbie and have found some of the Reading Challenges on your blog and some of your "daily read" blogs and I've signed up but can't understand some of the things they request I do; eg. putting the link and the list on my blog, do I just write it up as a post? I don't really know how to put it on the sidebar like you have.

Can you please let me know how I go about joining and doing the correct thing to start the challenges, thanks!


PS:- Email address is

serendipity_viv said...

I went to the library yesterday to find this book, but they didn't have it in, so I will have to order it. I have the second one but wanted to read this first. Great review.

joanna said...

Nymeth - looking forward to your thoughts!

Crafty Mama - I'm planning on going through the whole series, so I'm bound to get to your favorites at some point!

Angelica - I'll email you later today and will try to answer all your questions!

Scrap Girl - I was surprised that Little House on the Prairie isn't the first one, since the title is so famous...