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Little House in the Big Woods Paperback – May 11, 2004
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Although the Little House stories are traditionally seen as "girl" books, boys might be happily surprised if they take another peek at their sisters' shelves. Little House in the Big Woods--the first book of the series and Laura Ingalls Wilder's first children's book--is full of the thrills, chills, and spills typically associated with "boy" books. Any boy or girl who has fantasized about running off to live in the woods will find ample information in these pages to manage a Wisconsin snowstorm, a panther attack, or a wild sled ride with a pig as an uninvited guest. Every chapter divulges fascinatingly intricate, yet easy-to-read, details about pioneer life in the Midwest in the late 1800s, from bear-meat curing to maple-tree sapping to homemade bullet making.
Wilder's autobiographical tales ring with truth and excitement. Readers will receive a perfectly painless history lesson, and in fact will clamor for more. Beloved illustrator Garth Williams spent years researching young Laura's pioneering family. His soft-line illustrations bring to life the full, simple days and nights in the family's log cabin. No one can read just one Little House book! (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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New York Times bestselling author RACHEL GIBSON returns with this dazzling love story filled with sizzle, sass, and just a bit of southern charm
And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It s been years since she last saw Henry Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.
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Henry got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cuff links for a good set of hand tools.
Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he s come face-to-face with the one who got away. He s not looking for love. He s not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he s ever done?"
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I know that some individuals have expressed concern about certain concepts (such as discipline methods or gender roles) that are now considered relatively unacceptable or archaic, and thus these folks have given the book a poor review. I would put forth that since these incidents are few and far between in the book, parents might actually use them as a *talking point* with their child! If you don't agree with spankings - discuss it! If it isn't fair that Laura can't play like a boy - have a dialogue with your child about why! No child is "too young to understand" these topics if their parent presents it in an age-appropriate manner. My mother would probably have gutted and thrown in a river anyone who laid a hand on us kids (even as a spank), but when it came up in the book, it was such a non-issue that I'd forgotten it until a recent re-reading! Mom likely expressed her relief that it was no longer okay to spank misbehaving kids, I expressed my little kid joy about not having to ever be spanked, maybe she had me say what I thought would have been a better way to handle it, and we moved on to more interesting parts of the book.
Honestly, this is a classic. Read it first, if you're unsure about sharing it - but I'd say that to any parent about any book. I don't think this is an objectionable title at all.
Laura Ingalls, without whining or complaining of how difficult life was, has done far more to elucidate a period of American history that, nowadays, only inhabitants of poor countries can comprehend.
If no other bit of this book were read than her description of making butter in Winter, we all would be more satisfied by today's luxuries - C. William Anderson, aka Travis C. Ward.
Get this book and revel in Laura's charming look at her childhood but also read between those lines. Her generation was heroic. For similar types of readings I suggest also you read the Foxfire series.
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