- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 and up
- Lexile Measure: 1250L (What's this?)
- Series: Little House Books
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: HarperColl; 1st edition (January 16, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006026358X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060263584
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Little House Reader, A (Little House Books) Hardcover – January 16, 1998
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From Kirkus Reviews
Anderson (A Little House Sampler, 1989, not reviewed, etc.) has collected occasional pieces, essays, and poems from Laura Ingalls Wilder's personal papers, written by her and by several members of her family, into a volume that shows how she ``bridged the gap from the henhouse to the publishing house,'' and that explores her social, philosophical, and religious ideas. Grouping selections thematically and decorating them with homey family photos, Anderson then cements the pieces with lengthy introductions that both fill in background as well as add links to the novels. His tone is often more earnest than Wilder's, whose juvenile verse--``I will leave this frozen region/I will travel further south/If you say one word against it/I will hit you in the mouth''--and broadly rustic characters (e.g., in a much later account of how the jail in Mansfield was burnt and rebuilt) have lost none of their humor. With few exceptions, everything here is either unpublished or appeared in local newspapers; fans of any age will find these reflections on a wide range of topics thoroughly enjoyable--and the prose and poetry from Wilder's mother and father, her three sisters, and daughter, a pleasant lagniappe. (Anthology. 10-14) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
“Fans of any age will find these reflections on a wide range of topics thoroughly enjoyable.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Top Customer Reviews
Most of the book though is predictably devoted to Laura's writings and musings, and divided into the following sections:
"Writing from the Prairie"
"The House on Rocky Ridge Farm"
"The Missouri Ruralist years"
"Mrs Wilder's Nature Songs"
"Laura and her Hometown"
"Laura and the Younger Generation"
"The Little House Author"
"Of Time, Life, and Eternity"
The writings are accompanied in some instances by archival photographs such as portraits of Laura and Almanzo, their homestead, a charming photo of Laura in her housewifely garb, etc. These photos certainly add to the charm of the book.
I'd recommend this book to all those who are fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House Books. I've been a long-time fan, ever since I was a young child sitting in my family room thousands of miles away in Malaysia [where I was raised] and watching the television show with my family. I loved the show so much that I went on to devour the books [buying them used on what little allowance I saved], and as I grew older, I kept up with books to do with LIW. It has been an inspiring and heartwarming journey!