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The Little House Books: The Library of America Collection Hardcover – August 30, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 12 and up
  • Series: The Library of America Collection
  • Hardcover: 1750 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; Box edition (August 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159853162X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598531626
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Caroline Fraser, editor, is the author most recently of Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution. She has written for The New Yorker, where she was formerly on the editorial staff, The Atlantic, Outside Magazine, Allure, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review, among other publications. Her essays and reviews also appear in The New York Review of Books. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I read these books when I was 9 years old.
Valerie Norum
I decided that I will have to buy them for myself to read to my granddaughter Can't wait!
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The books are bound very nicely and we prefer hardback books over paperbacks.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 13, 2012
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I am a huge Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, and have ready many books by her and about her. I thought this 2-volume collection would contain more information than it does. It's basically the Little House set, unillustrated, with footnotes at the end. The footnotes are interesting but honestly, they don't add much to the Ingalls story. And I still prefer the old volumes with the extremely charming Garth Williams illustrations. I'm giving this 3 stars mostly because I love Laura's writing -- not so much for this new repackaging of her story.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Debra J. Briggs on April 3, 2013
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I was very disappointed when I received these Little House books as they are not illustrated. I was really looking forward to reading them to my grandchildren and without the illustrations (which I expected to be there) I feel the story will be less interesting. As a child being able to see the illustrations of Laura, Mary and Almanzo were a great part of my fascination with the stories.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Reader on October 31, 2012
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These two volumes are a complete set of one of the most widely read series of stories about the American pioneer families. The presentation is consistent with the Library of America's intention to collect important fiction and non-fiction in permanent, high-quality editions. The volumes include a 20-page chronology of the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, which helps set the context of the stories, and notes about things and people mentioned in the stories that might not be familiar to today's reader (for example, quotes of lines from songs of the period).

These books are an attractive set of an important part of American literature, intended for adult readers (much like the recently issued LoA set of science fiction novels of the 1950s). Young readers might start with paperback editions (though they will cost more in total than this set if the copies are new).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By karin on January 7, 2013
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This was a Christmas gift and I was very pleased, as was the recipient. The slipcover is lovely and the books are a pleasure to hold in the hands - nice shape, not too heavy. I could not find this information anywhere online, but these books ARE printed in the United States of America. I would expect nothing less from a nonprofit that calls itself "The Library of America" and claims to be preserving American Literature, but you never know these days. I would have returned them if they had arrived otherwise!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Little House Fan on January 30, 2013
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I have been looking to reread as an adult the Little House books I loved and read again and again as a child but didn't want to bother dragging the child sized books on trips. It wouldn't be worth it to bring 2 or 3 books that would take me as much time to get through as 1 adult book so I was ecstatic when I found all 9 books in two handy volumes.

If you are looking to introduce your own young relatives to the Little House series this isn't it, stick with the child sized ones with the wonderful illustrations. However if you're looking to reread treasured stories in a more convenient format then buy this set.

The cover photos are beautiful as well as the binding and the ribbon bookmarks. i also love that they include photographs of the real Laura Ingalls Wilder as an adult and as a child with Mary and Carrie.

Totally worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 10 year old book reviewer on February 9, 2013
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Beautiful hardcovers for the price. My daughter has already reread these books several times and they remained in pristine condition.
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My First Grade teacher began reading our class the Laura books during the 1946-47 school year. I was entranced and listened with great attention to all the detail of how they did this and that and would always ask for one of her books for gift giving occasions. 1966 found me, with my new husband- homesteading in Northern British Columbia, Canada. So much came back to me as I mastered the wood cook stove, complete with warming oven and water reservoir - Kerosene lamps and bathing in a big washtub...bitter cold to 40f below, boots frozen to the floor...in a 10' x 20' grainery, converted for our use. We loved our time there but, my husband received a business opportunity in the US to good to pass on, with computers - the big thing rising. As years went by, both of my daughter's also were enchanted and then their daughters, nieces and great nieces. In 1981, we traveled to Huron, South Dakota and visited an Aunt in the rest home there. She did not recognize me, but visiting with a friend of hers, I shared that we had hoped to find the Wilder's S. Dakota town. She was delighted to tell me that she had grown up there, DeSmitt, just a couple hours drive from Huron. Off we went to visit their home and on the wall I spotted a framed newspaper clipping with a picture of my Grandfather... an engineer for The Great Northern Railroad, standing with his engine... it was about 'The Long Winter' and he had guided the train that finally got through that spring. My children came away with a personal connection to that era and their own family's connection with the books and the pioneer's. Needless to say I highly recommend these treasure's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazing Grace on October 12, 2013
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As a long time fan oif Laura Ingalls Wilder it is a joy to have this beautiful addition in my library. It is my hope that my children and perhaps grandchildren will also enjoythem.
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