Reading with My Kids: Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Series: Little House (Book 1)

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (May 11, 2004)

Source: my kids’ bookshelf

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

The book that started it all! Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s treasured Little House series, which was based on her life growing up as an American pioneer. This edition features Garth Williams’ interior art in vibrant full color.

Told from four-year-old Laura’s point of view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. 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 for the family, since they 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 family 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 history and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

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Our Thoughts:

This series was one of my favorite as a child, and I read them over and over.  Not surprisingly, I was excited to share them with my own girls. Thankfully, my kids love this book as much as I do.  It was fun to see my girls experience Laura’s world for the first time. Both of my older girls fell in love with the story and the family in the book.  They even dressed up in “old fashioned” clothes so they could play Mary and Laura. They also found instructions for making rag dolls and are working on making their own dolls just like the ones in the book.

Obviously, my kids like the book, but have you ever noticed that some books you loved as a kid lose their luster when you read them as an adult? I am happy to report that is not the case here. Ingalls’ book stands the test of time and age. I enjoyed the book just as much as an adult as I did as a child.

If you’ve never read these books, put them on your To Read list immediately, this is a series that everyone needs to experience at least once. If you are wondering what to suggest to your kids next, try this book. There are some amazing stories in it that kids will love reading.

Content: clean


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    Ms. Yingling
    June 29, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    The television show debuted when I was in the 4th grade and had read about half of the series, so I adored these! I can't tell you how many prairie dresses I had! (A necessity during the Bicentennial!) My daughters didn't like them quite as much, and it's really hard to get my students to read them. We had an edition with the original Helen Sewell illustrations, and as much as I like the Garth Williams' ones, they were oddly charming!

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