Friday, June 29, 2012

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This is the second book of the beloved "Little House" series. Set in 1869-1870, little Laura, older sister Mary, baby Carrie, and Ma and Pa leave the snug little house in the big woods of Wisconsin and head out to Indian Territory in Kansas, territory that Pa is certain soon will be cleared of Indians and opened for white settlement. He is determined to get there first and get the pick of homesteads.

These books have endured as classics for good reason. They are detailed in their descriptions of pioneer life as lived by a little pioneer girl. Laura remembers everything--how they traveled, what they ate, how it was hunted and cooked, how Pa built the log cabin, the songs they sang, and the clothes they wore. One could not get a more-complete child's-eye view of pioneer life.

Most important, the books celebrate the strong families that make up our pioneer past. Laura's family in particular shines as an example of familial love, strength, resourcefulness, and resilience in the face of discouragement and disaster.

Rating: 5

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