Series: Little House #1
Published by HarperCollins on May 11, 2004
Genres: Young Adult
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.
I first read the Little House books when I was seven and became a main staple on my bookshelf until I was thirteen,reading them (particularly this one) from cover to cover until they had to be thrown away; but I could recite them from heart anyway… In elementary school we practiced in the D.E.A.R. program (Drop Everything And Read) silently reading each morning for 15 minutes. I can remember finishing Little House in the Big Woods during that time period and after reading the copy-write page would start all over again.
Her life as a youngster was educational without even realizing it. (churning butter, making bullets, or the process of a horse powered machine are a few examples)
But the wonderful thing about these stories is the Laura Ingalls is relatable. Despite taking place in the 1860s, I was excited as she was about receiving her rag doll Charlotte as I was upon getting my first American Girl doll for Christmas, she envies her elder sister Mary’s golden curls, and plays house under a tree, which was also a favorite pastime of mine growing up as was the Little House books. With or without knowing it Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood became part of my own.