I just read this book to my daughters for their first time. They absolutely loved it! I read the whole series when I was in late elementary school and middle school, and again as an adult, and what I enjoyed then was the descriptions of the Ingalls' family life. My daughters enjoyed that aspect, too. Now as a parent, I have a greater appreciation for the courage of Pa and Ma Ingalls to live the lives of pioneers. My daughters and I have moved on to the next book in the series, "On the Banks of Plum Creek". Our evening reading time is one of the best parts of the day!
The big woods becomes too crowded so Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura and Carrie move from Wisconsin to Oklahoma. The government decides the land belongs to the Indians so they must move on again. Great book and gift!
An amazing story of pioneer life and courage. My only reservation with the text is the way that Native Americans are sometimes portrayed/spoken of . . . clearly there was deep-seated prejudice during the time period, though Wilder herself does not seem impacted by it.
The Ingalls move to Kansas because of all the settling and cutting of trees in the woods where they had lived previously. You get to understand how life on the road would be like in that time. This is such an adventurous and historical account! I learned how houses were built back then, how people treated one another, how the Native Americans were viewed in that time by various people, and likewise how they viewed settlers. It was very educational and filled with adventure and fun.