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Little House on the Prairie [Paperback]

Laura Ingalls Wilder , Garth Williams
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24 Jun 2010

Classic tales by Laura Ingalls Wilder about life on the frontier and America’s best-loved pioneer family.

The sun-kissed prairie stretches out around the Ingalls family, smiling its welcome after their long, hard journey across America. But looks can be deceiving and they soon find that they must share the land with wild bears and Indians. Will there be enough land for all of them?

The timeless stories that inspired a TV series can now be read by a new generation of children. Little House on the Prairie is the sequel to Little House in the Big Woods and the prequel to On the Banks of Plum Creek.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (24 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405233311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405233316
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in Wisconsin in 1867. Her family moved around, travelling from Missouri to Kansas, Minnesota and back to Wisconsin. Eventually the family settled in De Smet, Dakota Territory and Laura worked regularly as a seamstress and teacher. She stopped working when she married Almanzo Wilder in 1885. Little House in the Big Woods was first published in 1932, Little House on the Prairie in 1935, and five more books in the Little House series followed. Laura also wrote Farmer Boy about her husband’s childhood, and three more books were published posthumously. Laura was five times the recipient of the Newbery Honor Award for her distinguished contribution to American literature for children: On the Banks of Plum Creek (1938), By the Shores of Silver Lake (1940), The Long Winter (1941), Little Town on the Prairie (1942), These Happy Golden Years (1944). The books are charmingly illustrated with Garth Williams’ black and white drawings from the 1953 editions.

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Along time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Read the first page
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life on the Frontier 7 May 2004
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Pa Ingalls is tired of how crowded the big woods are getting. So he decides to sell the house and move west with his family. Just before the ice breaks, the family loads up their wagon and heads out. They cross the Mississippi River and then head south, settling two days away from Independence, Missouri. Now they have to build a new house and survive the wilderness. Meanwhile, Laura is anxious to see a papoose. And with all the Indians in the area, she may get her chance.
This is a charming book. It's almost a collection of short stories with many chapters being a self-contained event. Still, through these pages, we get a good picture of life on the American frontier 130 years ago. The book gives plenty of detail about their everyday life without getting bogged down. And it is interesting. Frankly, some of the chapters are so harrowing I felt my pulse quicken. Often I found myself shaking my head in awe at what the Ingalls dealt with on a daily basis. This is a good way to make anyone appreciate just what we have today.
These books are still popular 70 years after they were first written for good reason. They are an entertaining and enlightening look at a bygone era.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Hit 23 April 2004
By A Customer
My daughter who has just read this book and is absolutely crazy about it. She is nearly 6 and loves the book in the same way I remember loving it asa child. The way of living is so different, so hard, I think it isfascinating for her. She has been reading more typical books, but theseseem to have grabbed her attention in a way that modern books can't, thereis so much information entwined with the story. She has now startedreading 'Little House in the Big Woods' to her teacher's surprise but istotally engrossed in it.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic reading: a must-have 22 Mar 2000
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Wonderfully descriptive, exciting and memorable novel based on the author's experiences as a child in the pioneer days of the 1880's. She paints a vivid picture of the courage and enterprise of her family - Pa, Ma, big sister Mary and baby Carrie - as they trek from the Wisconsin woods across the lonely and hostile prairie to establish their own 'little house' and farmstead. Along the way they encounter wolves, forest fires, fever, and other hazards: the experiences of an American pioneer family were truly stranger than fiction.
Ingalls Wilder is a wonderful writer, conveying a rich picture of family life and the vast landscapes of the Western frontier. She writes about herself in the third person and emerges as an engaging, somewhat rebellious heroine, whose sibling rivalry with good-as-gold sister Mary rings all too true.
The discerning reader will not fail to be jarred by Pa's complacent attitude towards the displacement of the native American communities. Nonetheless, the author's powerful description of the Indian tribe moving in a long slow line over the horizon is both haunting and humane.
A great classic about an extraordinary period in American history. Put all thoughts of the saccharine TV series of the 1970s out of your mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the collection 13 Jan 2008
In this book, the Ingalls meets some Native Indians, Mr Edwards and Mrs Scott. The whole family catch `Fever n' 'angue' which now is called Malaria. While Pa is out, some Indians come and take tobacco and some food. They do this a second time while Pa is out about a few months after. At the end, Laura and her family leave again searching for a new home in Minnesota. This book is so imaginative that it feels like a fiction where you are experiencing everything. I really enjoyed `The Little House in the Prairie' and I think this book is really good. I really recommend it to everyone who reads this review. I rate this book 9/ 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For young and old 24 Jan 2007
These stories are fascinating. When I was little I watched the series on television; loved every single episode, and now that I'm older I enjoy the stories, scenery depictions and sentiment in a whole different way, still remembering the impression the books made on me as a child.

My oldest son is 5 years old, and this book has not only provided hours of entertainment, but also helped him understand history, development and differences between now & the past.

The illustrations are not very vivid, however we are just starting to read these type of books, and the story is fascinating enough that the boys keep up without pictures.

In addition, most childrens' books we have seem to be about boys, and the fact that this story is told by a girl, seems to add to the broadening of my boy's mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent audio book 30 Jun 2011
By zyranna
Format:Audio CD
I bought this audio book for my daughters who are 6 and 7 years old. They listened to the first cd a couple of times before they fully tuned in to it and were eager to move to the next cd and find out what happened. It looks into instances of the life of a family between arriving and building their house on the prairie and moving on some time later. The story is narrated through the eyes of one of the daughters, Laura. The narrator reads in a very expressive voice and in a regional American accent which help convey the atmosphere of the story and keep the attention. The story unfolds slowly and with beautiful language and detailed descriptions that, as my daughters say, help you make pictures in your mind. My girls thoroughly enjoy listening to this audio book and I would warmly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book from my children days
Well known title from TV spin off series - very fond memories of reading this book as a child and thought it was time to re- live my childhood again. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book
An eye opener even for an adult to gain an insight into how hard life was for those early pioneers.
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Although this was the omnibus edition it was not as on the illustration and perhaps this should have been mentioned in the description. Read more
Published 3 months ago by HelenN Birmingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as ever .
This is the second book in the series that I'm starting to collect, and read again. I'm glad to have found it online as the books had such a good influence on me and my children .
Published 7 months ago by Seaweedgirl1
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect bedtime listening for my seven year old daughter
I read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was 8 or 9 and loved them. My daughter is enjoying them at bedtime. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alison Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous set of stories!!!
I cannot recommend these books highly enough.....they are wonderful!
I read the entire series to my young son many years ago..... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tulipano
4.0 out of 5 stars good story, good book
The story is quite dated, though. Throughout reading it to my son, I kept feeling the need to break in and explain how attitudes about Native Americans have changed since the book... Read more
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A fantastic, matter of fact account of days past. The simplicity of the story telling is what makes this book such an accessible charm. Read more
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