4 Jun 2010

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.

THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE by LAURA INGALLS WILDER.

The sun-kissed prairie stretches out around the Ingalls family, smiling its welcome after their long, hard journey across America.
But looks can be deceiving and they soon find that they must share the land with wild bears and Indians.
Will there be enough land for all of them?

...... From the outer back cover.

FIRST SENTENCE: A long time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura AND Baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: That was all, but it meant Laura must not complain. So she did not complain any more out loud, but she was still naughty, inside. She sat and thought complaints to herself.
There really is only one word to describe this, the second book in The Little House series - sweet.
Sweet but not so sweet as to be sickly, it has its moments of drama that prevent it from being overly saccharine.
A gentle, nostalgic read and very much a 'little girls' book, I can't help but think that many of today's children may find it a little old fashioned and outdated though I'm sure just as many will enjoy it as a book that was read by previous generations of women in their family.
The Little House On The Prairie was ex-library stock purchased at a library sale.

11 comments:

jason evans said...

That nostalgic feel can be so memorable in a story.

Bad Alice said...

I loved the Little House series when I was a girl. I keep trying to get my girls to read them. I think the TV series helped stir my interest.

Arti said...

I love outdated things...sounds like a good read!

Kelly said...

I'll be honest and admit I've never read any of the "Little House" books nor have I watched the TV show. I'm thinking one of my daughters read some of the books, though.

I was excited to find something in my mailbox from you yesterday! You'll hear back from me before too long.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

My Mom's been trying to get me to read that series forever-your description exactly matches what I'd judged from it. :)

Kelly McDermott-Bay said...

Just hopping by to say, hi.
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Jennifer McLean said...

Oh Noes!! What's wrong with Hubby???!?? My earnest wishes for his speedy recovery, Tracy. If you need anyone to listen, I'm here. (jaemac@shaw.ca)

Hope you're ok.
Hugs,
Jenn

Kelly said...

I've just seen your post update. Hope it isn't serious and that hubby will be back home soon!!

Prayers for you both and please keep us updated!

Jenners said...

I feel such nostalgia just reading this and seeing the books. Certain books must read at certain times of your life and this is one ... I don't think I'll revisit it.

Boonsong said...

I hope that all goes well for Husband Dearest. My thoughts are with you both.

Take care
Best wishes from
Boonsong

Valerie said...

I loved the Little House series when I was a girl -- read them over and over. It's interesting to see a British point of view of one of these books!