- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Publisher: Harper Trophy (May 30, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0064400409
- ISBN-13: 978-0064400404
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (950 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Little House (9 Volumes Set) Paperback – Box set, May 30, 1994
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From the Back Cover
LITTLE HOUSE. BIG ADVENTURE. Celebrate the original nine books that started it all! When Laura Ingalls Wilder first wrote of her experiences growing up in the 1800s, no one could have predicted the impact her stories would have on generations of children to come! Follow Laura's life from the glorious days spent tucked in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, all the way through to her marriage to Almanzo and the birth of her own little girl in this complete box set, once again available with Garth Williams' beloved artwork.
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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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. The books are also a tribute to her father, Charles Ingalls, who emerges as a truly great man and father. A hard-working man upon whom fortune did not always smile, but always was able to remain unbowed regardless of misfortune. He was also a strict disciplinarian, who did not believe in sparing the rod, but also a truly loving father, who would do anything for his girls. Charles Ingalls, as seen through the eyes of his daughter, is a man worthy of any reader's respect.
For those who see images of Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert when they hear the words, "Little House," please give the books a chance. They are really nothing like the TV series. Although Laura Ingalls Wilder infused her books with a great deal of sentimentality- they never descend into the maudlin syrup that was the hallmark of the TV series. One example of how different they truly are would be how they represented how Mary, Laura's older sister, lost her eyesight. In "On the Shores of Silver Lake" Laura describes how scarlet fever robbed her sister of her sight, but also proudly describes how that tragedy never brought Mary to tears. Mary always remained "patient and brave." In contrast, the TV show has Mary wailing, moaning, and carrying on until her family ships her off to a school for the blind. (In the books, Mary does eventually go to a college for the blind, but only after years of being an important and valuable member of the family despite her disability.) Once again, the Little House series is a perfect example of the books being vastly superior to any TV or film conversion.
I purchased this set new, through AMAZON PRIME; and for the money, it is well worth it. All nine books in beautifully colored covers. One day, it would be nice to see the books printed on quality paper; but the price would definitely go up. All things considered, I am happy with the purchase.
There is another box set, October 2004, which has full color illustrations, but is only a set of the first 5 books. I do not know what kind of paper the stories are printed on, but it is manufactured in China.
Hope this helps some of you who are trying to decide which set to buy.
This is a classic, largely autobiographical historic series that takes you through one family's personal story of western migration in the US in the 1800s. Two little girls, their baby sister, the dog Jack, and Ma and Pa in a covered wagon. There was a prime-time television version in the 1970s and 80s, but you're better off reading the books first to absorb more of the detail and the struggles and the reality of their lives. The TV show glosses over some of what made the books so fascinating, which was the endless ingenuity (and grind) of homesteading -- primarily dealing with a world where there are no grocery stores, no electricity or telephones, limited technology. Creating shelter from resources available in the wilderness, and food preparation - planning, seed saving, farming, canning, preserving, smoking, etc... is a major and primary task. The controversy of pushing out Native Americans is also paramount in the stories and a good talking point about fairness, equality, manifest destiny, sustainability...
Hard to imagine surviving like this today, but there are many "preppers" in our society who believe this time will come again, and many in the sustainable movement now who feel that these traditional ways were healthier for body and spirit! The bravery of the early settlers is mindblowing. Get inspired and re-read these classics with your kids... and then go camping!
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I find that these books teach my kids the very different lifestyles of the world that was.Read more