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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: My First Little House
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064434974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064434973
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House in the Big Woods. As her classic Little House books tell us, she and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. She and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There Laura wrote her story in the Little House books, and lived until she was ninety years old. For millions of readers, however, she lives forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.

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It has a fun story and very nice pictures with pretty colors.
kc
Of course, they've already heard many of the Little House books as I've read them aloud, but they still enjoy these short stories and the illustrations.
HeatherHH
This book is a great little gift to wet the interest of little ones who will hopefully move on to read the original series.
Daniel L. Beck

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on August 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
This short children's picture book adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods perfectly captures the feel of a summer day for a little girl living rurally in the mid-1800s. The text would be appropriate for a child to read on their own at a 3rd or 4th grade level. It's a smooth read aloud to those of younger ages.

We read about and see Laura and Mary playing with friends (including tree climbing), visiting a neighbor and getting cookies, helping with the dishes, etc. So, there is a sense in which the reader is struck by similarities with the modern child. But, of course, we also are struck by the differences as they eat honey Pa has gathered and watch Ma make cheese, and of course, dress differently. These similarities and differences juxtaposed together are captivating.

The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and just the style I prefer. They are very rich and vibrant and imbue an idyllic charm to Laura's summer day in the Big Woods. However, I do have a bit of a complaint, in that I wish they had been just a bit more realistic. For one thing, Laura and Mary sport haircuts that are about halfway between chin and shoulder. Their hair would have been longer, as it would have been uncut. Also, they sport short-sleeved dresses, and I know adult women would wear long-sleeves even in summer, but there is a chance that didn't apply to children. Still, in the grand scheme of things, these are relatively minor complaints.

My three girls, ages 7, 5, and 3, enjoyed reading this book, and the older two have flipped through it quite a bit on their own. Of course, they've already heard many of the Little House books as I've read them aloud, but they still enjoy these short stories and the illustrations. I would definitely recommend this book to those with children in the 3-8 year-old range, especially girls. I will be looking into other titles in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By musicalmom26 on November 24, 2012
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This oversized book is perfect for young readers and listeners a like ! The illustrations are beautiful. My two daughters love it!
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By Emily Gillispie on February 1, 2014
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I love all the books in this series and so does my daughter. This book is very nice with a glossy cover.
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By kc on January 9, 2014
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This is a very cute book, and my grand daughter likes it a lot. It has a fun story and very nice pictures with pretty colors.
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I bought this as a gift because we have the Winter in the Big Woods. This is a perfect introduction into the world of Laura and her family. My kids love having these read to them and now are asking (and enjoying) having the full books read to them. Wonderful series!
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By Daniel L. Beck on August 11, 2013
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This book is a great little gift to wet the interest of little ones who will hopefully move on to read the original series.
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By azbird on April 8, 2013
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these books were recommended as a younger version of the Little House books. Bought it as a gift for my niece for her 6th birthday. Her parents were pleased.
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By Kathryn Malone on February 23, 2013
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I love that these picture books have made the Little House characters and stories accessible for our young kids. We love these books.
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