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Pages - 137
First published in Great Britain in 1956. This copy republished in 2000.
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Who remembers rushing home from school, changing out of your school uniform, grabbing some much needed snacks and turning on the television to watch Little House on the Prairie, desperate to see what trouble Laura had got into in this time. Am I on my own here?
Remember Melissa Gilbert playing Laura and the legendary Michael Landon as Pa.I loved Little House on the Prairie and remember nagging my mother to buy the books for me to read. Twenty years later, I found myself wanting to read them again, so off I popped to the library and there sitting lonely on the book shelf, not wanted by all these modern children, was Little House in the Big Woods.
This is the first book by Laura Ingalls Wilder and deals with the first house Laura lived in which was completely alone in the middle of the woods. The story depicts a year in the life of the Ingalls family, beginning with their preparation for winter and taking us right through to the following years preparations.
When reading this book, you feel like you are living with them, desperate to help them bring in the harvests of pumpkins and squashs, cutting, curing and smoking the meat ready for winter, collecting the maple syrup from the trees and turning it into cakes and sweets. I felt hungry all the way through this book, everything made sounded so delicious.
The lives of the Ingalls sounded so simple and easy, yet in reality they would have found it hard. Everything they ate had to be grown or cooked by themselves. They worked long hours to keep food on the table. They very rarely saw anyone during winter, as it was too far to travel. They lived in fear of bears and panthers in the woods. All their clothing would be made by hand by Ma, toys were often made out of wood by Pa. Barely anything would be bought from the store. I found myself almost wishing for this hard but simplistic lifestyle. Imagine the reading I could get done with no television blaring in the background.My favourite part has to be when they cooked the maple syrup and then all rushed out to get a plateful of snow to dribble the maple syrup into, thus making hard candy. Yum!
I loved rereading this book as I found it very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood when time seemed endless and I could read to my hearts content.
If you have never read this book then I would highly recommend you do. If you don't want to read it, then attempt to drag your children away from the television, their DS's, their Hannah Montana books and get them to read this beautifully, flavoursome classic, just so they realise how easy life is for them now.