- Series: Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Series
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Galahad Books; 1st Galahad Books Ed edition (September 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0883659689
- ISBN-13: 978-0883659687
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Little House in the Ozarks (Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Series) Hardcover – September, 1996
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cold. Then the heat of Florida caused Laura's health to suffer so they had to find a "happy medium" climate and they set off with their horses and buggy (and little Rose) to find a new home. They ended up in Missouri and were happy there the rest of their lives on their farm named Rocky Ridge.
However, this book doesn't tell that story. It only mentions parts of it in passing. This is a collection
of newspaper articles written by Laura when she was an old married woman with her child already grown and moved on. It covers about eight years. The last article in the book mentions that Ma passed away. The kids were very bored by it as any kid would be reading a newspaper article and I had to stop reading it to them. I enjoyed it very much as I felt like I really got to know Laura this year through reading her entire series.
This book teaches Many, Many things about how to live
a farm life. One of the most interesting things was how to make a refrigerator for milk and butter without electricity or ice. There are many amusing stories about the different families and people that lived around the Wilder's. For example: one day there was hail the size of golf balls and a neighbor went out his front door to get one and bring it in the house to show everybody. Well, no sooner does he get out but one hits him on the head and knocks him out cold. His family had to drag him by the feet back in the front door. (he was O.K.) There are stories about children and parents and farm hands and for all the stories the purpose is for Laura to give her opinions and philosophies.Read more ›
Her advice is to simply refrain from even commenting on one's troubles, and avoid thinking about the negative things, the things one can't do anything about.
Try to be positive, try to see that work is necessary, and don't avoid one's job and chores, or you make yourself more miserable.
ARe these the commonsense things that today's adults or children ever hear, outside of a church sermon or Reader's Digest?
It reminds me of my early days in Germany, when slowly the meaning of the old folksongs began to penetrate as I learned the German vocabulary. I'd heard them, hummed with them, and played the kazoo and danced to them; but when I finally understood the lyrics, I realized what a completely different time and place they came from. They encourage people to stand up and enjoy their lives, the chance to walk in the flowers of springtime, to make friends, to have a drink with colleagues or family, to see one's beloved again, and to rejoice that God made you at all.
When I met older Germans, they seemed often to still embody such positive efforts and mentality, in contrast to the American-like cynicism of the young.
This will strike you - assuming you are an adult reading this - when you read Laura Ingalls' columns. I don't know what children would think, but I think they'd like them. They're straight and honest and true, just as she advises us to be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the outside cover was tore in a couple of places, nothing major. happy to find the book.Published 15 months ago by Janet Huls
I bought this for a present for my wife. She said it was the only "Little House" book she had not read.Published 19 months ago by Wayne E. Turner
This is a great find for any Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. Lots of fun to read.Published 20 months ago by Carter Flagg
Cover was very worn with tears and coffee stained. Book however is in very good shape. Looking forward to reading it.Published 20 months ago by Sharon
Great book added to my collection of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter. Excellent condition and fast shipping! :)Published 22 months ago by Lindalee
This was a very nice book. Laura Ingles Wilder wrote a collection of articles and essays, and they were compiled into this book. Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by Morris E. Graham
What a delight to find this and get a rounded picture of Laura as an adult. She was an amazing woman. Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by E. Dowd
Nice to have more about Laura and her life in the Ozarks. Her series left me curious about how everything worked out.Published on December 9, 2013 by Carol Lindsay