By Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated by Garth Williams
Age Range: 8 and up | Book #1 in the Little House series
Laura Ingalls’ story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her folks celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa’s fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep.
These books offer a unique first-person account of the everyday lives of American pioneers in the late 1800’s. The details of life so beautifully described help us understand just what life was like for our pioneer ancestors who were living in similar conditions around the same time. Excellent reading for LDS children!