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Unforgettable Reading Experience,
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This review is from: Little House Nine-Book Box Set (Paperback)
I received my Little House box set MANY, MANY years ago for Christmas, and it sat on my shelf, a treasure waiting to be fully discovered, for the better part of 2 decades. As an English major, I've spent many hours with Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Edith Wharton, and scores of other wonderful writers. Then one day, my best friend told me that she was reading "Little House in the Big Woods" to her 1st grade class, and that, to a child, boys and girls alike were mezmerized during story time - she'd never seen them pay such good attention.
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.
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2009 5:32:31 PM PDT
Christine Ramoutar says:
Your review was exceptional and inspiring. I plan to get the complete set.
Posted on May 4, 2010 6:07:38 PM PDT
What age would you recomed some one reading these books?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010 3:40:25 PM PDT
Gloria Lewis says:
I am reading these to my five year old son, and he is entranced.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2010 8:35:30 PM PDT
O. Hopper says:
I first read these books by myself in third grade, but any age is never too soon for these stories. I continued reading them into my teens over and over. They're wonderful!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013 9:53:35 AM PDT
Joshua Chambers says:
I started reading a couple chapters each night to my daughter as her bedtime story. She was 4 when we started and she loved every minute.
Posted on Dec 9, 2013 8:15:03 PM PST
Posted on Dec 29, 2013 4:30:14 PM PST
Pearl Bates says:
I was introduced to Laura in school, around age 5... at 71, I am still entranced with Laura and her life. I loved your review, have given sets to so many relatives, some took to them right away and some years later as yourself. Now cooking with her own Country Cookbook and enjoying her Journal.
So many of her personal recipes remind me of my Gram's wonderful healthy cooking.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2013 4:32:27 PM PST
Pearl Bates says:
The reviewer would need to be familiar with the other sets to answer your question. I suggest you visit Barnes & Noble and look at the variety and ages the selections will be appropriate for.
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