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The World of Little House Hardcover – September 19, 1996

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From the Back Cover

By the time she was thirteen years old, Laura Ingalls had moved from the green Wisconsin woods to the wide-open Kansas prairie, out to the fertile Minnesota plains, and finally to a brand-new town at the end of a railroad line in Dakota Territory. True pioneers, Laura and her family faced everything from severe droughts and bone-chilling winters to crop failures and grasshopper invasions in their long search for a new life on land of their own. Laura went on to write the classic Little House series, drawing inspiration from the real events of her childhood on the American frontier.

Ever since Little House in the Big Woods was published in 1932, readers of all ages have been eager to learn more about Laura Ingalls Wilder. At the heart of this keepsake volume are nine chapters centered around the Little House books, each exploring in detail the stories, houses, landscapes, journeys, food, activities, and crafts in each story. Maps, family trees, photographs, recipes, and a timeline round out the history of Laura and her family. Laura's real life was sometimes different from the life she wrote about in her books, and those differences are described here along with a chapter about her adult life and how she came to write the Little House series.

Meticulously researched, lovingly written, and beautifully illustrated, The World of Little House is for anyone who has ever read and loved the Little House books.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson are also the authors of The World of Little House, illustrated by Deborah Maze and Garth Williams. Both authors live with their families in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

Mary Collier has illustrated several books for HarperCollins, including My Little House Sewing Book, by Margaret Irwin. She is also the illustrator of a picture-book adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnetts The Secret Garden. Ms. Collier lives in Dana Point, CA.

Deborah Maze is the illustrator of the first five World of Narnia picture books, all adapted from the original novels by C. S. Lewis. She lives with her family in Capistrano Beach, California.

Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson visited every Little House site and museum and conducted in-depth research on Laura and her family for this book. They both live in the St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota area with their families.

Deborah Maze is the illustrator of several picture books as well as a line of greeting cards. She lives with her family in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then traveling to the sites of all the different little houses. He also created the illustrations for Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and almost one hundred other books. He lives with his wife and daughter in San Antonio, Texas.

Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Little House
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (September 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060244224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060244224
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Lindeman on March 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The World of Little House is an excellent book about the history of the "Pioneer Girl", Laura Ingalls Wilder. Deborah Maze and Garth Williams did a wonderful job of illustrating the book with beautiful pictures. This book includes "How to Make Projects" such as Laura and Mary's Nine-Patch Quilt Squares along with "How to Make Recipes" such as Molasses-on-Snow Candy. Besides telling about Laura's life, the book includes interesting topics of what it was like to live in the 1860's through the 1940's. Such topics include information on general stores, prairie schools, covered wagons, medicine and housekeeping on the prairie. If you like Laura Ingalls Wilder, you must buy this book. It will be money well spent!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2002
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This charming book is a must for Little House addicts. The partial family tree is interesting (though did Grandpa Ingalls really give two of his children the same first name? That struck me as odd). The book contains lots of recipes and activities, and a nice summary of the Ingall's family travels.
A few minor caveats, however:
Except for a brief introduction and the timeline at the end, the book follows the LH books, NOT Laura's actual life. So it isn't all factually accurate.
WHile a few of the "Little Houses" still exist, most are long gone. So the author's floor plans are imaginary, and they don't always follow the descriptions in the books. (For example, when Pa added the bedrooms onto the claim shanty at the beginning of "Little Town on the Prairie", Laura describes it as "building the other half of the house," meaning, to my mind, that the rooms should have been side by side; the same size as the original shanty room. THe author here shows them as being one behind the other, and taking up only half the legnth of the shanty.)
The recipes, while interesting, seem less historically accurate than the ones in the "Little House Cookbook." (Almanzo's "Long Winter" pancakes probably wouldn't have had eggs in them.)
And there are a few other minor factual errors, both in relation to Laura's real life and to her life as portrayed in the books.
Still a very worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in the book series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Of all the books written about Laura, this is definately my favorite! It is very fascinating. If you read it, you'll probably learn alot of stuff about Laura you never knew before. There are nine chapters that tell about each of the nine books Laura wrote. I think the greatest part of this book is the floor-plans in it. The book also includes crafts and recipes. And, at the end of each chapter it tells in more detail about highlights of the book (at the end of Little House in the Big Woods chapter it tells about general stores.) Some other good things are the Ingalls, Quiner, and Wilder family trees
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
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You MUST have this book if you like Little House even a little bit! It's great! I couldn't put it down either. I looked at every page and was amazed. I found out things I never knew. You must have this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
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This is one of the most most lovel books my mother and I have shared together. It brought back such great memories of my childhood reading the little house books. The illustrations complement the simple activities and delicious recipes beautifully. It brings a spoonful of peace and tranquility to the hectic world many live in today
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2000
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This is a nice companion book to the Little House series. The book is filled with diagrams of what the houses that Laura and her family lived in may have looked like, simple activities suitable for children, recipes for foods that are described in the Little House books, and other background information about the books and Laura's life. Each chapter revolves around one of the nine books in the Little House series and the book contains an introduction about Laura Ingalls Wilder. The back of the book contains a time line of different world events that were going on during Laura's lifetime. This is a nice book to read after you have read the Little House series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
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This is one of the first books that shows each and every house that Laura Ingalls Wilder ever lived in. From the Little House in the Big Woods of Wisconson, to the farmhouse on Rocky Ridge this book has everything you'd ever want to know about Laura Ingalls Wilder!!
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This book is a great buy for a fan of Little House On The Prairie books or the television show. It really gives you an idea how Laura and her family lived. There are great pictures of the really Laura and her family. The layouts of her homes is very interesting. And it has great things to try that were done in Laura's time. (I have not tried any of them, but kids would love them.) It really makes The life of The Ingalls clan clearer. Most of all you really learn about her world and how it changed in her time. Trust me... it is a must.
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