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Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Book Summary

Book 1: Little House in the Big Woods
Book 2: Little House on the Prairie
Book 3: On the Banks of Plum Creek
Book 4: By the Shores of Silver Lake
Book 5: Little Town on the Prairie
Book 6: The Long Winter
Book 7: These Happy Golden Years
Book 8: The First Four Years
and Farmer Boy

The main eight books in the Little House series tell about Laura Ingalls' family and their way of life on the North American plains in the late 1800s. Farmer Boy tells about Almanzo Wilder's family farm in New York State. The series is a window to a specific historical lifestyle, and the amount of work required for a family to survive as they set up new homes in the American Midwest.
Little Town on the Prairie
Little Town on the Prairie
These Happy Golden Years
These Happy Golden Years
Farmer Boy book cover
Farmer Boy

Book Review

An interesting look at life before electricity, television, and computers. Farmer Boy is a bit more episodic than some of the other books, but they all include details about food preparation, clothing, social expectations, and farm work that are removed from many Western readers' experiences today. This series is a good family read-aloud/read together for children as young as kindergarten - particularly the earlier books. Readers in grades 2 or 3 are better suited to read the series independently. The later books involve the author's courtship and marriage and may be more appropriate for readers in grades 4 or 5.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Farming
  • U.S. Plains Life in the late 1800s
  • Family Relationships
  • Value of Hard Work

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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