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Going to Town (My First Little House) Paperback – February 2, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: My First Little House
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064434524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064434522
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1?A picture-book adaptation of a chapter from Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods. Readers meet Laura Ingalls and her family as they carefully prepare for her first trip to town. The night before, Mary and Laura have their hair wound up in rags so they will have curls. On the big day, they wear their best dresses, and Ma packs a picnic lunch. Laura is impressed with the many houses in town and the wide selection of store items. The more active part of the original chapter, in which Laura tears her pocket because she greedily picks up too many beach stones, has been omitted. Graef's full-color, double-page illustrations carry the text. From the gingham-check endpapers to the warm green and gold tones of the outdoor and interior scenes, she captures a glimpse of the characters' way of life while maintaining the style of Garth Williams's original illustrations. While there is little action in this book, it may be a good discussion-starter on pioneer life. For a livelier account, stick with the original.?Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House in the Big Woods. She and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. Later, Laura and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There, believing in the importance of knowing where you began in order to appreciate how far you've come, Laura wrote about her childhood growing up on the American frontier. For millions of readers Laura lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.



Renée Graef received her bachelor's degree in art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the illustrator of numerous titles in the Little House publishing program, as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favorite Things and E.T.A Hoffman's The Nutcracker, adapted by Janet Schulman. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children.

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These "first" books are absolutely wonderful!
Rosa Cline
This book is part of the My First Little House series, which consists of picture books adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder's books.
HeatherHH
It is these kinds of careful details that help illustrations bring alive some of the core concepts of the story.
A. C. Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
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When I was a kid my dad got me the whole Little House series of books. I loved them and read them for years. Now I have 2 daughters of my own and I'm thrilled to be able to introduce them to the Little House books at a younger age. The illustrations are great and the stories are well written. As I'm reading them to my daughters I remember the stories when I read them as a kid. Fun for all of us!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Cunningham on October 10, 2002
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Adapted deftly from the Little House series made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this gorgeous picture book tells of Laura's first day trip with her family from the Big Woods to the nearby town of Pepin Wisconsin. The writing is charming and warm, the typeface perfect for reading aloud or independently. The illustrations, inspired by Garth Williams' originals, are extraordinary...absolutely beautiful! I would not consider this adaptation to be a "dumbed down" version of the originals, nor it is too juvenile for older readers. Rather it is a perfect transition piece which lends itself to wonderful cuddling and conversation, both of which are important for developing strong readers no matter how old they may be.
I would also recommend the hardcover editions. They last longer through many readings and make reading aloud feel like a real treat.
Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Treadway on November 13, 2013
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Perfect for my five year old granddaughter. I purchased the entire set for her reading enjoyment. The print size and binding is appropriate for little hands.

Brenda
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ilikebooks on July 24, 2013
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I really love that younger readers can now enjoy this wonderful series--and the illustrations remind me of the earlier editions I used to read as a young reader. Simple, clear language and great stories, they will start a dialogue about the history of the US and what life was like for families back then. I would say the best age groups for these books are between 4-7.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By moonglow on August 1, 2012
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Pa has promised to take Laura, Mary and Carrie to town and they are very excited! They have never seen town before.

They spend the morning readying for what promises to be a grand adventure. Join the Ingalls family for a long day filled with surprises and get a glimpse of what life was like for a pioneer family.
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This book is part of the My First Little House series, which consists of picture books adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder's books. This one focuses on Laura's days in the Big Woods when she gets to make a special trip to town.

That's one very important thing to point out in reading this to children. Laura and Mary had never been to town before, or even seen a store. They lived in such a rural area where going to town was a big event, and they had not been taken when they were younger because of the difficulties. They're overwhelmed by all the choices in the small general store, and amazingly gratified by being given a small candy heart. That's really foreign to most children's experiences these days.

The illustrations are gorgeous, very colorful and vibrant, with lots of detail. One minor complaint is that Laura and Mary are depicted as having hair cut to just barely brushing their shoulders. Their hair would have been longer as it was uncut. Then later when their hair was curled, it still just brushed their shoulders. As tightly curled as it was, it would have been up to their ears if it had really been shoulder-length as originally depicted! Still, this is minor.

I would recommend this book for children in the 3-to-8-year-old range, as a read-aloud for younger children and for children reading on a 3rd to 4th grade level to read by themselves. My daughters, ages 7, 5, and 3 1/2, all enjoy this series of books. They give a wonderful look into life on the frontier in the 1800s, and are a good introduction to the Little House world. I would highly recommend this book, as well as others in the series.
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These "first" books are absolutely wonderful! The illustrations are very nice and so eye catching for non readers. I LOVED them, am so glad I found them now I won't have to wait until my 2 year old granddaughter is older to share with her the wonderfully sweet stories of Laura and History back in pioneer days! LOVED THIS BOOK...

This one the girls are old enough to go to town with Ma and Pa and see a store for the first time. They had never seen a store before, and getting dressed up and riding in the wagon to town was fun for them especially when they stopped for a picnic lunch Ma had packed.
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