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The Little House (9 Volumes Set) Paperback – Box set, May 30, 1994
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About the Author
Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. With her family, she pioneered throughout America’s heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year. The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home. After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932. The nine Little House books are international classics. Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America’s quintessential pioneer story.
Garth Williams's classic illustrations for the Little House books caused Laura to remark that she "and her folks live again in these pictures." Garth Williams also illustrated Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and almost one hundred other books.
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Top Customer Reviews
That was all it took. One Sunday morning, I walked up to the attic, and brought down my set. Since then, I've read straight through them, often into the wee hours of the morning. The writing is outstanding (it actually becomes more grown up right along with the characters), and of course the love story is beautiful, but this series has much more to offer its readers - young and old. For one, you get a much deeper sense of how generations before us struggled, toiled really, to make this country what it is today. And the sense of family is amazing, particularly as Laura becomes old enough to live away from home and realize just how wonderful her family is.
Every child should read them. Better yet, every family should read them aloud, together. I certainly plan to read them aloud to my kids.
Many other reviewers have pointed out the especially wonderful aspects of the books. The narrator ages as Laura grows up. (What a cool concept!) The story of 4 year old Laura's Christmas in Wisconsin is as real and moving as the description of 18 year old Laura falling in love with Almanzo in Dakota Territory. The images are always fresh, and the stories always epitomize wholesomeness. There is a consistency all the way through "These Happy Golden Years" that shows that great care and skill were employed to make the series unwaveringly good.
The real life of Laura was strenuous and uncertain. She was poor most of her young life. She and Almanzo faced great loss and always worked very hard to run their farm. The many moves made by the Ingalls and Wilder families were made to escape difficulties like failed crops or to improve bad situations like poor health. According to available accounts, Laura did not stay in close contact with her family after she left Dakota. Her relationship with Almanzo does not seem to have been remarkable, and her relationship with her only child, Rose, was strained.
However, all of these mundane details coalesced to create some of the best books ever written. Many readers do not know that Rose was the impetus for the Little House phenomenon.Read more ›
Yes, some elements will appeal more to girls especially Mrs. Wilder's very detailed descriptions of women's clothing. (I generally just read what color the dress was and then skip over the rest of the description.) However, her stories about Indians, wild animals, blizzards, grasshopper storms, bandits, bullies threatening to beat up teachers, unruly students, unhinged farmwives, bossy older sisters, and a whole host of other great stuff will make these books fascinating to anyone interested in pioneer life regardless of gender.
Despite my age I still consider these among my favorite books. They are truly heartwarming classics with the magnificent illustrations of Garth Williams. Laura, the main character, will appeal to almost anyone- honest, principled, courageous, industrious, but with very human elements- including envy of her older sister and holding grudges, especially against snooty Nellie Oleson and her teacher (and future sister-in-law) Eliza Jane Wilder.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My grade school and pre-school aged children are enjoying hearing these books read right now!! Someday, my grandchildren will enjoy them just like their parents and grandparents... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amy Root
Full set. Wonderful tale of 1800's pioneer days. The REAL Little House on the Prairie - not
the TV one which was a distorted version of this. Read more
Bought this as a gift. I've had mine for years and still read them sometimes, as an adult. This is very nice quality and lasting keepsake.Published 7 days ago by InMyOpinion
I bought this set of books as a gift for my granddaughter, who read them when she was young, with the thought she would have them in her personal library to read to her own child.. Read morePublished 9 days ago by C. Charlton
I'm so excited to be reading this series again!!! :) I recommend it for all ages!Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter loved them. This set has books that are not known or included in other similar sets.Published 11 days ago by K.S.
I bought these for my daughter (8 1/2) for Christmas for us to read together. I read these as a child in school and i wanted to be able to share that with her. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Sami
recieved on time .was a gift for my daughter. was thrilled get it.Published 12 days ago by 11.miller
Currently reading these classics to my preschoolers. It's a family favorite!! What precious memories are being formed! Excellent quality paperback book. Well illustrated too. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Melanie