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on October 12, 2005
Past LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE BOOKS have contained one large story. While those have always been enjoyable, there's a chance that the newest release from Laura Ingalls Wilder, A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREASURY, is the most enjoyable LITTLE HOUSE release in years. A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREASURY is made up of six short stories, and one Christmas carol. Each short story features Laura as a young child, except for two - which both star Almanzo.

CHRISTMAS IN THE BIG WOODS - This story takes place in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. In this story, Laura is a mere four-years-old, and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her relatives and Santa Claus. 5/5 stars.

CHRISTMAS ON THE PRAIRIE - This story takes place in Indian Territory, when Laura is six-years-old. This Christmas, rain has fallen non-stop, but there has been no sign of snow, and everyone knows that Santa and his reindeer can only find children if there is snow to guide their sleigh, so Mary and Laura think that Santa won't be visiting them this year. That is, until a surprise greets them on Christmas morning. 5/5 stars.

CHRISTMAS ON PLUM CREEK - This story takes place in Plum Creek, Minnesota. Laura is now eight-years-old, and she and Mary are worried that Santa won't be visiting them, because their new home has no fireplace. After all, how can Santa leave you presents, if there is no fireplace for him to enter your home by? Luckily, Ma assures the girls that Santa will find them, and helps them realize the true spirit of Christmas. 5/5 stars.

CHRISTMAS FOR FARMER BOY - This story takes place in Malone, New York, but doesn't star Laura and her family. This story is all about Almanzo Wilder, and his time dining with his family over a Christmas feast, and making merry with his aunts, uncles, and cousins. All of whom have decided to spend the holidays at the Wilder family farm. 5/5 stars.

CHRISTMAS DURING THE LONG WINTER - This story takes place in De Smet, in the Dakota Territory. Laura is quickly growing up, and is now helping her Ma and Pa take care of her younger sisters, along with Mary. The winter is too harsh for Christmas celebrations, so, when the weather turns a bit cooler, and Christmas is long over, the girls and their family, along with a few special neighbors, celebrate Christmas in May. 5/5 stars.

CHRISTMAS IN THE GOLDEN YEARS - This is the only other story in the treasury that features Almanzo Wilder. Laura is now all grown up, and is engaged to Almanzo Wilder, who is away in New York working. Mary is away at the school for the blind, so it's just Ma, Pa, Laura, Carrie, and baby Grace. Laura is upset because Christmas doesn't feel the same without the ones she loves by her side, but when a surprise visitor arrives at the door, the Christmas spirit bites Laura in the side, and puts a smile upon her face. 5/5 stars.

I haven't read a book from the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE series for years, but being a huge fan of Christmas, and writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder, I knew that I had to have A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREASURY. I was not disappointed. While I enjoyed the stories CHRISTMAS IN THE BIG WOODS and CHRISTMAS ON THE PRAIRIE the most, each story brings such a large dose of Christmas spirit along with it, that they will all be cherished by readers. If you are going to purchase one holiday treasury this year, make it be this one. You won't be sorry.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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on June 1, 2014
I bought this book to read to my children around the Christmas Tree- we would pick one story per night (often they wanted to repeat) - it's really great having all the Christmas Little House stories in one place. Would buy again!
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on February 16, 2013
A lovely Christmas gift collection of the Little House on the Prairie Christmas Stories. A nice addition to the Little House Book Collection.
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on December 11, 2014
This little book is only a bit wider and longer than a paperback and is thinner than a paperback. It has a lightly padded cover.

The stories in it are some of the Christmas chapters from the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, with the illustrations by Garth Williams. The illustrations have been brightly colorized, which may appeal to children but seem a little jarring to me. The paper quality is high, each page is decorated at top and bottom with a Christmas-y green leaf pattern, and some pages have snowflake decorations.

Not all the Christmas chapters are included. The stories included are
"Christmas" from Little House in the Big Woods
"Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus" from Little House on the Prairie (my favorite and the one I wanted to be sure was in the book)
"The Christmas Horses" and "A Merry Christmas" (two chapters that make one story) from On the Banks of Plum Creek
"Surprise" (about the Christmas tree at the church) from On the Banks of Plum Creek
"Christmas" from Farmer Boy
"The Christmas Barrel" and "Christmas in May" from The Long Winter
"The Night Before Christmas" from These Happy Golden Years

Although I wrongly imagined that this book would be a large gift-type storybook, it is still a nice little gift. I should have read the dimensions posted clearly in Product Details.

The stories of course are wonderful, and so are the illustrations. I rate this book five stars for content and take off one star for the size, the colorizations, the padded cover, and the missing chapters.
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on December 27, 2012
I have the stories in my Little House set but it is nice to have them altogether for holiday reading.
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on May 11, 2014
This was a gift for great granddaughter, she started reading it immediately, hardly laid it down until she had read it completely. She loved it!! :) This is A good place to shop for these books...Would be nice if when ordering from same distributor that they could all be sent together in one package with one shipping fee...would certainly order more books
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on January 1, 2015
This was a wonderful read aloud with my kids before Christmas. They were excited when they got peppermint sticks in their stockings and raced to see who could get it to a point first.
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on December 26, 2012
My neice loved this book! She has read it over to cover and has referred to it again this Christmas
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on December 15, 2013
I bought this book for my daughter because she likes the Little House series. This book has pretty illustrations and nice selections from the book series. I would recommend this book.
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on October 20, 2010
this Christmas book, is just great.it tells all about all the Christmas that they had.its a great book. I hope that you read .
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