The first in Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved series of her pioneer girlhood, this story begins in 1871. Laura is 4, nearly five, and she shares the fun of the 4 seasons in the Little House with her Ma, Pa, big sister Mary, and baby sister Carrie. A classic for good reason.
238 pages. Excellent choice for summer reading for a 4th or 5th grade student. Not just for girls.....both of my boys loved this series. The popular television series is based on the "little house books" Follows the life of an early pioneer family in Wisconsin.
This is the first book in the Little House series. I read this whole series over and over as a kid. A must read for every child. The series is not only entertaining but also eduacational. It's a fun way for kids to learn about the pioneer days.
FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK
America's Original Pioneer Girl
Meet Lauran Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books.
Wolves and panthers and bears roam the deep woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her own cheese and butter. All night long, the wind howls lonesomely, but Pa plays the fiddle and sings, keeping the family safe and cozy.
LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS is the first book in the Laura years series.
I read the entire series many times as a kid. I loved these books & so did my daughter. I recommend this series for all kids who need a break from the sci-fi/fantasy/cartoon books that are out there now.
Although the lives of the Ingalls family can be seen on television everyday through the broadcasting of classic episodes of "The Little House on the Prairie" series from the 1970s, it's through reading the books in the "Little House on the Prairie" series that one truly gets a glimpse at what life was like for many Americans before television, motorized vehicles and telephones were invented. The first title in the series is "Little House in the Big Woods" and is appropriate for readers ages 6 and up.
Even though this reader has read "Little House in the Big Woods" more times than she can count since she was barely older than Laura is in these stories, the tales never get old. The stories of Pa encountering a bear on the way home from selling furs in town or Ma's encounter with the bear when she goes out to feed the cow still have the power to take the Examiner back to the days of Laura's childhood. Not only do the various descriptions of daily life remind one of a simpler time, they are also incredibly educational. One could easily learn how to smoke meat in a homemade smoker, learn how dependent pioneers were on the reliability of their gun and how to make homemade cottage cheese. Those wanting to use the "Little House" books to teach children about life in that period of American history only need do an internet search of lesson plans and suggestions for the books.
I love the description that she uses in her book. You really get a feel for how the family lived and the conditions of their household, which isn't to say they were bad. A cute, fun, book in a series about the author's life as she was growing up.
It is a shame that I had this book since I was a child and only NOW read it. I think it was so interesting learning about life in the 1870s with what was cooked, how things were farmed, what celebrations went on, etc. I am glad that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote these books that give not only her own personal accounts of things to pass down in generations, but a wonderful history of what life was like. Very fun. Definitely something adults can enjoy!
This is the very first Laura book my 5yr old and 2 yr old daughters and i read together, we loved this book. We are now hooked on the Laura Ingalls Wilder series and can't seem to get enough of it!! Highly recommend this series to all ages!!
Natalie C. reviewed Little House in the Big Woods (Little House) on
This is a wonderful book. Anyone who reads it will learn alot about life before modern conveniences. Although Laura's family works for everything they have and just to stay alive, life was yet alot simpler back then. The story is from the point of view of Laura Ingalls when she was 6 years old. There is alot of detail and simple joy in this book.
Wolves and panthers and bears roamed the deep Wisconsin woods in the 1870's. In those same woods, Laura Ingalls lived with her Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs.
Wolves and panthers and bears roamed the deep Wisconsin woods in the 1870's. In those same woods, Laura Ingalls lived wit her Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunted and trapped. Ma made her own cheese and maple sugar. All night long, the wind howled lonesomely, but Pa played his fiddle and sang, keeping the family safe and cozy.
What can I say? It's a classic that took me no more than an hour to re-read. I doubt I'll re-read it again until I have children. But that makes it no less valuable to me. First in a series; sequels include Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, Little Town on the Prairie, The Long Winter, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.
Somehow I never read these as a child, nor did I ever see the TV show. Now I volunteer at a little museum dedicated to Arizona's pioneer history, and it seems every child who comes in is reading (or watching) Little House on the Prairie. Time to find out what they know. Not sure what to think considering I'm not the target audience nor have I ever had young children. As a recollection of how life looked for a child in the 1870s-era, it's interesting. Obviously this is seriously sugar-coated for children (there's a lot of candy!); no doubt life for a 4-yr-old was easier, and Wilder's memories romanticize it. I admire the family solidarity but that was a really hard existence, with death just around the corner all the time. Today, in 2021, I might not let kids read this without some explanations and discussion before and after. I wonder how I'd feel about it if I had read it as a child.
Wolves and panthers and bears roamed the deep Wisconsin woods in the 1870's. In those same woods, Laura Ingalls lived with her Pa and Ma, and her sisters Mary and baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunted and trapped. Ma made her own cheese and maple sugar. All night long the wind howled lonsemly, but Pa played his fiddle and sang, keeping the family safe and cosy.
Wonderfully wholesome series. Simple ideas and straightforward writing. Great for reading aloud to children....entertains multiple ages in an audience. Simple, but great attention to details of historic daily life as a child. A good job of showing historical family expectations of children. Family favorites at my home.
Laura Ingalls's story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her folks celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep.
And so begins Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story. Notable Children's Books of 1940'1970 (ALA)
1958 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
1988 Choices (Association of Booksellers for Children)
Sophia D. reviewed Little House in the Big Woods (Little House) on
This is a great book to see how people lived the simple life. Each chapter is like it's own story. These folks survived on the land with little help from others. They made most of what they used. Talks about how they kept meat and vegetables over winter without refrigeration. What they did for entertainment. How they got clothing, etc. Very interesting for young people so focused on technology they cant even care for themselves.