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This Ninebook Paperback Box Set Of The Classic Series Features The Classic Blackandwhite Artwork From Garth Williams

The Nine Books In The Timeless Little House Series Tell The Story Of Laura’s Real Childhood As An American Pioneer, And Are Cherished By Readers Of All Generations They Offer A Unique Glimpse Into Life On The American Frontier, And Tell The Heartwarming, Unforgettable Story Of A Loving Family

Little House In The Big Woods

Meet The Ingalls Family—Laura, Ma, Pa, Mary, And Baby Carrie, Who All Live In A Cozy Log Cabin In The Big Woods Of Wisconsin In The S Though Many Of Their Neighbors Are Wolves And Panthers And Bears, The Woods Feel Like Home, Thanks To Ma’s Homemade Cheese And Butter And The Joyful Sounds Of Pa’s Fiddle

Farmer Boy

As Laura Ingalls Is Growing Up In A Little House In Kansas, Almanzo Wilder Lives On A Big Farm In New York He And His Brothers And Sisters Work Hard From Dawn To Supper To Help Keep Their Family Farm Running Almanzo Wishes For Just One Thing—his Very Own Horse—but He Must Prove That He Is Ready For Such A Big Responsibility

Little House On The Prairie

When Pa Decides To Sell The Log House In The Woods, The Family Packs Up And Moves From Wisconsin To Kansas, Where Pa Builds Them Their Little House On The Prairie! Living On The Farm Is Different From Living In The Woods, But Laura And Her Family Are Kept Busy And Are Happy With The Promise Of Their New Life On The Prairie

On The Banks Of Plum Creek

The Ingalls Family Lives In A Sod House Beside Plum Creek In Minnesota Until Pa Builds Them A New House Made Of Sawed Lumber The Money For The Lumber Will Come From Their First Wheat Crop But Then, Just Before The Wheat Is Ready To Harvest, A Strange Glittering Cloud Fills The Sky, Blocking Out The Sun Millions Of Grasshoppers Cover The Field And Everything On The Farm, And By The End Of A Week, There Is No Wheat Crop Left

By The Shores Of Silver Lake

Pa Ingalls Heads West To The Unsettled Wilderness Of The Dakota Territory When Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie, And Baby Grace Join Him, They Become The First Settlers In The Town Of De Smet Pa Starts Work On The First Building Of The Brand New Town, Located On The Shores Of Silver Lake

The Long Winter

The First Terrible Storm Comes To The Barren Prairie In October Then It Snows Almost Without Stopping Until April With Snow Piled As High As The Rooftops, It’s Impossible For Trains To Deliver Supplies, And The Townspeople, Including Laura And Her Family, Are Starving Young Almanzo Wilder, Who Has Settled In The Town, Risks His Life To Save The Town

Little Town On The Prairie

De Smet Is Rejuvenated With The Beginning Of Spring But In Addition To The Parties, Socials, And “literaries,” Work Must Continue Laura Spends Many Hours Sewing Shirts To Help Ma And Pa Get Enough Money To Send Mary To A College For The Blind But In The Evenings, Laura Makes Time For A New Caller, Almanzo Wilder

These Happy Golden Years

Laura Must Continue To Earn Money To Keep Mary In Her College For The Blind, So She Gets A Job As A Teacher It’s Not Easy, And For The First Time She’s Living Away From Home But It Gets A Little Better Every Friday, When Almanzo Picks Laura Up To Take Her Back Home For The Weekend Though Laura Is Still Young, She And Almanzo Are Officially Courting, And She Knows That This Is A Time For New Beginnings

The First Four Years

Laura Ingalls And Almanzo Wilder Have Just Been Married! They Move To A Small Prairie Homestead To Start Their Lives Together But Each Year Brings New Challenges—storms, Sickness, Fire, And Unpaid Debts These First Four Years Call For Courage, Strength, And A Great Deal Of Determination And Through It All, Laura And Almanzo Still Have Their Love, Which Only Grows When Baby Rose Arrives

10 thoughts on “The Little House Collection

  1. says:

    Like so many people, I read and loved these books as a girl. When my son was an infant and I was looking for something to entertain me during his marathon bouts of nursing, I decided to read the series again. I still found it immensely enjoyable, but with one striking difference: When I was a child, Pa Ingalls seemed like the coolest dad on the planet - he played the fiddle, made his own bullets and took his family on all sorts of adventures all over the unsettled west. As an adult, however, I thought Pa came off like a flakey dreamer who put his family through years of hell, always claiming "Caroline! If you just put up with backbreaking labor, mortal danger and starving kids for a few years, just watch! This expanse of desert/marsh/frozen tundra will become the breadbasket of the world and make us rich as kings!" How Ma Ingalls put up with his crazy schemes for so long is a testament t her patience/holy doormat-ness. On re-reading, I thought the series must be missing the volumes "Little House on the San Andreas Fault", "On the Slopes of Angry Volcano" and "By the Toxic Tidepools of Three-Mile Island."

  2. says:

    OK, so I'm a little generous with the whole Little House series. Sue me. But for me, as a child, they WERE "amazing," and here's why.

    When I was in first grade in a tiny, tiny town in Arkansas, and hating school with the heat of a thousand suns, each member of the class was given identical packages at Christmas time. They were books. I'd been reading for a long time already, so loved a new book...but disappointment set in as my classmates who got their books first opened them before I had a chance to open mine, and they were all the same: A beginner children's book called "The Big Snow." (I think) It was about a kid getting dressed to go out into the snow. On one page, he put on his pants. On the next page, his boots, and so on and so on, FOR AN ENTIRE BOOK. I wanted to cry.

    And then when I opened MY book, it was Little House in the Big Woods. Then I DID cry, because it was a REAL book, and somebody "got" me, and knew I was different, and it was OK.

    I loved the series as a kid, and after reading each book, would spend lots of time imagining that I had brought Laura from her time to mine, and what it would be like to show her things like cars and telephones and televisions--she'd be AMAZED! And she'd think I was so COOL!

    Yup. I just reviewed a book as a 7-year-old. You're welcome.

  3. says:

    I read this series when I was in fourth it was many many years ago. However, the story has not left my mind. I absolutely adored these books, and I'm sure I would love them just as much if I re-read them! I remembered feeling as though I was with Laura's family during every journey they went through. It's a fascinating story - and a true one at that. I'd recommend that everyone reads this series at least once in their life!

  4. says:

    I read these as a young girl and loved them. That's about all I remembered about them, though. So I decided to read them again, and I'm so glad I did!

    Reasons I loved these books:

    1. They are clean and wholesome.
    2. They teach responsibility and hard work.
    3. They teach about gratitude and being happy with what you have instead of looking elsewhere for happiness.
    4. FAMILY is emphasized and taught to be an important part of society. Laura's family is warm, loving, and kind.
    5. After reading about all of the work that went into obtaining honey, cheese, eggs, grain, meat, oats, and butter, I'm grateful that I can make a quick trip to the grocery store and spend my time doing other things!

    I enjoyed every character in this series. I especially loved Laura and grew to admire her throughout the series. She always wanted to be outside, enjoying nature. She wasn't big on sitting around for any extended amount of time. She was strong-willed and opinionated, yet well-mannered and feminine when needed. She was a true pioneer and worked hard for everything that she achieved in her life.

    I also enjoyed the fact that there was a strong father figure in these books, who loved his girls and taught them to work for their dreams. I was annoyed with the fact that he continued to uproot his family, but if he had quit the first time around, and everyone else had, too, then we wouldn't have the good country that we do today.

    This book isn't politically correct in some places, and it gave me a taste of what it was like to live back then. I'm grateful to be living today, but there are so many things to be learned from these great people!

    I better stop now before this gets too long. I'm going to buy all of these books because I will be reading them again, and again, and again...

  5. says:

    Okay, I'll admit it. I still re-read these. I just finished a ramble though the pioneer prairies with Laura and enjoyed it throughly.

    I know there is an outcry about the treatment and representation of Native Americans in these books, not to mention women, African Americans, and children. But let's calm our politically correct minds for a moment and think about the treasure of literature these books are. Specifically, they are WONDERFUL for educating young people about how people of color, minorities, women, and children were treated and thought of in the late 1800s.

    It's not like Laura is out there advocating Native American oppression! These books are her memories (or maybe her daughter's interpretations of the stories she heard) and that's how it was for her and her pioneer family. It's not how it is today, thank goodness. Laura gifted us with these memories - let us use them wisely.

  6. says:

    These books taught me to fall in love with reading. Not only did these books teach me so much about life in general *such as how to make cheese from scratch* but they really just expanded my worldview as a child. I have a great sense of nostalgia when I think of this series. But more than that, I feel that Laura Ingalls Wilder had such a gift for storytelling. Her literary voice is just beautiful. The stories were humorous, and touching, and you always wanted things to turn out for the best for the family (and it did, in the end). Classics that will be a wholesome, entertaining read for all generations--who doesn't love a realistic glimpse into early Americana? Her phrasing and diction are impeccable. Yup, I'd read this story as a 25 year old, and love as much as I did when I was an 8 yr. old, but perhaps with a deeper understanding.

  7. says:

    I absolutely ADORED these books as a little girl. I just finished revisiting each book in the series, and I think I enjoyed them even more as an adult. It's a wonderful look at American life in the Midwest as the first pioneers settled in what was then unknown territory. I loved hearing about their adventures as they traveled from one new settlement to another, and of all they overcame along the way. It's nearly impossible not to fall in love with the Ingalls family, who are each filled with such optimism, strength and spirit.

    Of course, as an adult, some things struck me a bit differently than as a child. As much as I still adored Pa for his sense of adventure and obvious love of his family, I did question some of his decisions as he risked his family's lives moving them to one new location after another. The descriptions of "the Indians" also made me cringe a little, especially in Little House on the Prairie. I had to remind myself that those were the times; that the new settlers feared Native Americans, and Native Americans feared the new settlers. Pa does remind his family that "the Indians" are just the same as anyone else and that they only want to be treated fairly and given rights to their land. There is also a sense of compassion for them as they are later driven from their territory. Still, it all made me a bit uncomfortable. As did some of the stuff on women's rights, such as when Laura tells Almanzo she doesn't feel women should be given the right to vote. But again, this was the late 1800s. Things were quite different then.

    Overall, this is a wonderful collection of books with a lot to teach about early American life and the importance of family, honor, values and perseverance.

  8. says:

    After a couple of days immersed in this series for the first time in I don't know how many years, I'm left bemused in a lot of ways.

    From a historical standpoint, there's little else out there for kids that is this rich and complete. The everyday details that make up a pioneer life are lovingly dwelt upon in a way that's just far enough removed that even the littlest reader doesn't panic. After all, if they all starved to death in The Long Winter, there wouldn't be a next book, would there?

    From a modern, perhaps revisionist standpoint, I was uncomfortable with the hate that boiled out of Ma every time she talked about Indians. I didn't like the way Pa treated his family, the way he got the most potatoes, the way he dragged them from pillar to post on a whim. So many of the things I didn't like were cultural and I feel as if I haven't any right to not like them, if that makes any sense. It's the way things were then, and ought to be presented as such. Those who don't remember their history and all that.

    I dig the messages about self-sufficiency, I found the descriptions of how to craft houses and furniture and food out of prairie sod and a few cottonwood trees to be fascinating and useful.

    But I don't much like the Ingalls family. I haven't a thing in common with any of them, I don't think. I'm walking away for the last time with some fond memories, and that's enough.

  9. says:

    Another set I read when I was younger. I think I've read them all at this point, but not in any order. I read a few for school projects, a few for myself, and a few to mom as a teen, this is another set I would like to try a reread for.

  10. says:

    Most people love these novels, and I can't for the life of me understand why. I was given the collection growing up and read them, but I never cared much for them and never re-read them.