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Little House in the Big Woods Paperback – May 11, 2004
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From the Back Cover
For the first time in the history of the Little House books, this new edition features Garth Williams interior art in vibrant, full color, as well as a beautifully redesigned cover.
Laura Ingalls's story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack.
Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her folks celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep.
And so begins Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.
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.
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Please know: 3/4 of the the first 4 people to review this product awarded it 3 stars or less. Among the reasons offered in justification for such sub-par reviews were the following: thin paper (which was later equated to "cheap"), unillustrated.
These individuals are less than capable reviewers, to say the least. The Library of America publishers, and subsequently their publications are exacting in both execution of quality and maintaining the aforementioned. The Library of America is a non-profit publication started in 1983. They began as, and remain to be a publication house dedicated to establishing and printing in quality, enduring volumes, the American literary canon. It is their explicit intent to produce American literature, that is of real value, in their original form. The aforementioned is especially important, as it is a credit to their propensity to produce authoritative volumes, that are recognized, resoundingly, as such. To denounce even one of its publications is to insult the very framework upon which it is built.
The Library of America is resoundingly, unillustrated. Of its 233 publications, only 10 are illustrated [...] . For one very simple reason: great literature has never truly needed illustrations, and it never will. Great literature has the ability to imbibe visions of what has been and never will be again, as with Walt Whitman. It has the innate power to cause us to question things we once knew to be true, as with Thoreau and Emerson. It has the ability to inspire a collection of British colonies to indelible, historic action, as with George Washington. It has the ability to shake a foundering nation to its very core, as with Lincoln. However, it has never needed a single artists static representations of his/her imagined vision of scenery, as with Garth Williams.
It is true, in youth, the imagination needs the degree of guidance that may be found with a momentary illustration. To some extent, illustrations will also help to engage young minds. However, with a publication such as Library of America, they have no real place. Capable minds, will invariably, find themselves more than capable of painting scenery that they alone may see.
With regards to the individual that equates the thin pages of Library of America publications to overall cheapness of build, its a lie. It is yet another resoundingly false equivalency, that any non-exacting, unaware consumer might readily make, for the explicit intent of doing so. Personally, I find it insulting that modern marketing schemata have persuaded a number of individuals to adopt low-quality books, as the very finest. Interestingly, it has also persuaded that same body of semi-aware individuals, to denounce what is true quality as generally poor quality. To such weak minded individuals, I invariably say that these books: "aren't the droids you're looking for."
In "On the Banks of Plum Creek", page order goes 152, 155, 156, 153, 154, 157; this occurs again on page 160 (jumps to 163), 168 (jumps to 171), 176, and so on.
Again, the series and content cannot besmirched; the printing errors are the sole reason for anything less than a 5 star review.
This first book in the series takes place in the deep woods of Wisconsin and recall times that are long past. I note that some might feel these are “girl book,” but that simply is not so. I have met very few males; small boys for the most part, that did not enjoy these books just as much as their female counterparts.
Reading these books as an adult (I reread the entire series about once every five years now) is almost as enjoyable as when I first heard them read to me about 65 years ago. A lot has changed in our country and society since the era where these took place and it is good not to forget it. One thing that strikes me about this work and the others that follow is the sheer amount of physical work that had to be accomplished on a daily basis simply to survive. Again, this is good to be reminded of from time to time in my opinion.
Overall these are kind and gentle stories though which emphasis, in this case, the family values that Laura’s family upheld. Now I grant you that these are not the values of everyone; each and every family, but we do find a consistency throughout all of the author’s work and you have to admire it.
Now this work has not plot. It is a series of short “events” which took place when the author was a very small girl. We so have a time line in that the author hangs her stories on the four seasons as they slowly pass. I personally like this sort of thing. The writing at first glance is simple but as you read more and more you realize that you are in the presence of a master story teller!
Love this little book and all those that follow.