Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Book - 1953
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Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 1953, c1963
ISBN: 9780060264451
Branch Call Number: JFIC WIL OSTT JF
Characteristics: 335 p. : ill


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Nov 07, 2020

Technically, this is a reread, but I haven't read it in 30 years. I don't remember much of it besides the building of the house and the digging of the well, so most of it was new to me. I didn't love this one as much as Little House in the Big Woods, only because the Ingalls family spent so little of their time actually in the finished house on the prairie. Most of the book was travelling, finding a place, then building everything. The moment they built the house and grounds the way they wanted it, they found they had to move again, which was quite frustrating. It was fascinating to see how the house was built, along with the doors, the fireplace, the floors and the well. It took two whole days to travel to the nearest town and back. I think what draws so many readers to this series is it's like reading about an entirely different world. Everything took hard work, and you really were responsible for your own lives- successes and losses. I really appreciate these books so much- they're like a warm blanket in times of stress, and an easy way to look back at how hard times used to be and how easy we have them now. I'm looking forward to the next, to be sure.

jrbubbles1 Oct 16, 2020

I grew up reading this series and I still enjoy them. I like the historical aspect that describes what life was like in the pioneer days. Charles and Caroline were good parents that taught their daughters right from wrong in a very loving way. Laura went through a lot of exciting adventures.

May 14, 2019

The Little House series is a great window into history, what it was like to live on the prairie. They are written to be the wonderful read aloud to young children. The perfect balance between a story line and details of how they did things back then. Kids learn lots while enjoying Laura's stories. As for being racist, white people and indians alike most likely feared for their lives when it came to the other. So, Laura wasn't racist, as she was living real times. If there were a similar Indian account, I'm sure they'd say the same of the white people. Thank you Laura Ingalls Wilder for leaving this historical legacy for our children! What a gift!

Mar 24, 2018

Let me preface by saying that I neither read the books or watched the tv show when I was a kid. It wasn't something I shared with my mother or discovered as a seven year old at the library, so I have absolutely no nostalgia over the Little House series. As such, I take great issue with the blatant racism, from Ma's "The only good Indian is a dead Indian" to the black doctor who thinks malaria is caused by watermelons. These books are very problematic, even before you get into the issue of Rose Wilder Lane helping her mother with the writing and likely influencing the story with her libertarian views to make the Ingalls come across even more as pulled up by our bootstraps types.

I am sorry, but I really do not care for Little House at all.

Mar 03, 2017

We read these books as a family and really enjoy them!

Aug 16, 2016

This book is a great book that really is great to begin a discussion about the history of settlement in the Americas and the plight of the natives that were forced off their land. It is also really gets into the nitty gritty of life on the prairie and how settlers survived in an isolated area.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

The adventures for the Ingalls family continue in this second book of the "Little House on the Prairie" series. From the big woods of Wisconsin, the Ingalls travel to a new home on the prairies of Kansas. Life as a pioneer can be both exciting and tough, and Wilder's book offers a wonderfully entertaining look into a lifestyle from long ago.

Jul 24, 2015

A great book for kids to read!

Feb 17, 2015

Love these books!! especially the ingalls girls.

violet_pony_126 Jun 08, 2014

I read this book in second grade.Now I am REREADING it!!!!!! I LOVE Laura Ingalls Wilder books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 14, 2012

The Ingalls family moved from the Big Woods of Wisconsin to Kansas in 1868 (stopping for a while in Rothville, Missouri), and lived there between 1869 and 1870. Baby Carrie was born there in August, and a few weeks after her birth, they were forced to leave the territory (however, in the novel, Carrie is present during the move to Kansas). The Ingalls family moved back to Wisconsin where they lived the next four years. In 1874 they started for Walnut Grove, Minnesota, stopping for a while in Lake City, Minnesota.
Although Wilder states that Charles Ingalls had been told that the Kansas territory would soon be up for settlement, their homestead was on the Osage Indian reservation and Charles' information was incorrect. The Ingalls family had no legal right to occupy their homestead, and once informed of their error, left the territory despite the fact that they had only just begun farming it. Several of their neighbors stayed and fought the decision.


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LauraO18 Jul 12, 2012

Other: This title does NOT contain coarse language, violence or sexual content. It is a children's title and is appropriate for ALL ages and ALL maturity levels, from the youngest child to the very oldest reader.

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