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Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods

Book - 1981 | Rev. ed.
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A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions with relatives and neighbors.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, ©1981
Edition: Rev. ed.
ISBN: 9780060264307
0060264306
Call Number: j WILDER
Characteristics: 238 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Williams, Garth - Illustrator

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A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions with relatives and neighbors. This one is easier than some of the later books in the series, and shoul... Read More »

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions with relatives and neighbors. This one is easier than some of the later books in the series, and shoul... Read More »

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions with relatives and neighbors.

This is the first in the series. A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing, and share special occasions with relatives and neighbors.


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bibliosara Mar 17, 2021

I went back to my childhood with this sweet classic. Although (justifiably) criticized for its depictions of Native Americans, the Little House series remains close to my heart: I feel that it is important that future generations know the mistakes and prejudices of former generations, and how easy one can slip into harmful language and actions about others. Even decent folk like the Ingalls can fall into dangerously discriminatory behaviors.
Still, the story of Laura and her family is touching and a wonderful introductory chapter book for young readers. The stories get better as the series progresses, but Wilder makes sure to use grammatically correct language and gives plenty of details of life on the frontier. It isn't as fun as I remember it being when I was a child, but it is quite charming and a classic that I look forward to introducing to my future children.
(Also, it reminded me to look into the TV series by Michael Landon... which I promptly fell back in love with.)

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em_gv
Mar 12, 2021

I'd read the whole 'Little House' collection years ago and it's definitely got a special place in my heart. Younger me must've read those books at least 10 times over!
I'd gotten the entire boxed set at a garage sale, the kind people selling it "bargaining" it down to a dollar. It's a memory I look back on fondly, and I tried to repay the kindness that couple had shown my young avid-reader self by donating it years later when I'd moved on to other novels. (bonus: since reading about those maple treats, it's become a winter tradition to make them)

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delphimo
Nov 03, 2020

What a joy and an honest look at life in Wisconsin in the 1860’s. Laura Ingalls, a 4-year-old girl, relates the everyday struggle of life with clarity and joy. The story presents each season with the hardships and the simple pleasures. The story does not present the glossy picture as presented in the television series but shows the difficult road to survival. Food and clothing are not purchased from a store but are tackled by Laura’s parents. Can you imagine not going to a store once a week? The story drives home the difference from life in the 1860s and today: no television, no telephone, no video games. Toys are handmade items, and every animal provides many options.

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RebelBelle13
Oct 19, 2020

Technically, this is a reread, since I read the entire series when I was around 10 or 11 years old, but I don't remember much of it. I do remember loving it, and having nostalgic feelings about it. I wasn't disappointed in my reading experience of Laura Ingalls Wilder's first in the Little House series. It was like a warm cozy cup of hot chocolate- enjoyable, sweet, and simply wonderful. Laura's life in the Big Woods in Wisconsin in the 1870's is simple, but you can tell the love she holds for her family and how much she treasured those years. The amount of work that Caroline (Laura's mother) did to get anything done was incredible. The sheer amount of time that went into making (well, anything really) things like cheese, or hulled corn, or even a simple hat was amazing, and I truly think she was a wonderful woman. There's some appeal of having such a simple life, isolated from most everyone else, and really working for everything that you have. Folks really appreciated each other and everything they owned back then. My favorite parts were the quiet moments- Laura's Pa playing the fiddle at night, while her Ma knitted socks by the fire. Laura and Mary looking out the window and seeing the first snow. Laura helping her mom make stewed pumpkin or cheese. If you're looking for a small, sweet escape to a simpler time, this surely is it.

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Monarch_47
Aug 22, 2020

It wasn't necessarily bad but there was no plot. It was kinda boring in my opinion

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betsy777
May 06, 2020

I'm writing this during the Covid-19 quarantine. As I scroll through social media, I see lots of families planting vegetable gardens and posting pictures of their new baby chicks and their quaint self-built chicken houses. I'm in no position to judge the scope of this phenomenon, but it does turn my thoughts to Laura Ingalls Wilder's first book. In some ways, Little House in the Big Woods was a how-to manual for self sufficiency. Even as a kid, I was fascinated by how Ma made straw hats for everyone, the butchering and smoking of meats for the winter, milking and butter churning. I'm so glad the author recorded her childhood memories of a time when taking care of the family was a full-time job.

Tigard_HollyCP Feb 16, 2019

Though I have fond memories of this series from when I was young, and I read the entire series with my daughter, I caution anybody who sends your child off to read these books alone to be aware of the racism against Native Americans and African Americans in this series. Yes, it is a great series to share together to imagine what it must have been like to be a child of white pioneers, but there is a big part of history missing and/or misrepresented. A great opportunity for discussion.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 19, 2018

The book was very fascinating and well written, it really gives readers a thorough insight of what life was like in the past. It is appropriate and suitable for readers of all ages. Through the perspective of Laura, who is also the writer, the novel brings us through her upsetting and deep livelihood. I would recommend this book to tweens aged 11-14. "Little House in the Big Woods" was a very satisfying yet deep and realistic read. I would encourage younger audiences to read it. @SecretBlossom of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Anita_Dickey
Sep 28, 2018

read this as part of the 300 books everyone should read once collection on Listopia. my daughter (age 4) and i read it together as she waited for her preschool bus each morning. sometimes i wasn't sure if she was listening, but she remembered things even days later. when we finished it she did ask for another laura and mary book. so perhaps we can create even more memories together. i did enjoy the rich vivid detail more this time. i think this is just the type of book that needs to be shared to enjoy it properly

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hsarcoxie
Sep 19, 2018

I was surprised, my 5 year old loved this book. There are enough pictures to keep her engaged but the descriptions are so good that some pages she would act out.

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gina61
Jun 13, 2016

She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the fire-light and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.

Roxannajayc Jul 24, 2012

"They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago." --Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

debwalker Oct 22, 2010

"They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago." --Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

debwalker Oct 22, 2010

"They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago." --Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

debwalker Oct 22, 2010

"They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago." --Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

debwalker Oct 22, 2010

"They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago." --Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

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lisahiggs
May 17, 2010

They were cozy and comfortable in their little house made of logs, with the snow drifted around it and the wind crying because it could not get in by the fire.

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abaumler
Sep 06, 2017

A staple of my childhood!

Roxannajayc Jul 24, 2012

The story of young Laura Ingalls Wilder growing up in the woods of Wisconsin.

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