Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Laura Ingalls and her family live deep in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Their log cabin is surrounded by miles of trees, and their closest neighbors are bears, wolves, and panthers. Daily chores keep Laura and her sister Mary busy, but they still find time to go exploring with their dog, Jack.
Refreshing. Simple. Nostalgic.
I remember LOVING the Little House on the Prairie books as a young girl. I yearned to be able to crawl into the story with Laura and Mary and Ma and Pa. Such simple times. I even remembered the tale of the “panther” as I was reading it.
I had reread one of them back when I was in my mid 20s and loved it just as much. Great books are always great books.
I read this one for Banned Books Week and STILL HAVE NOT CHANGED MY OPINION.
This set of books was challenged/banned because of racial comments toward Native Americans. I never found any in this particular book. There was only one reference to Native Americans on page 54 where it referred to Indians as wild. And well-they would have been considered wild by the pioneers because of the differences in their way of life.
So, in my opinion, this particular book SHOULD NOT have been challenged/banned.
1. Laughed out loud at the story that Pa told about the BEAR in the road that he tried to frighten away. He even hit it over the head. Uh, it was a stump.
2. Dried apple pies anyone? Mmmm…….
3. Butchering a pig was actually a huge day of celebration with wait-the pig bladder being blown up like a balloon to toss AND the eating of the fried pig’s tail. Hmmm…maybe I could do without SOME of the simple things they enjoyed so much.
4. Favorite quote from the book-” Children should be seen and not heard”-Sometimes I think (as I’m walking through a store listening to 3 different temper tantrums happening around me and feeling like I need some advil) that this idea might serve us well every now and then.
So there you have it! I am still a fan of these books and always will be!
This blog post was my participation in the Banned Books Week Party hosted by Sheila over at her wonderfully fantastic blog Book Journey.
I am giving a copy of this book away so that you can share the joy of simple times with a child you love. Or maybe you just want the book for yourself.
All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave me a comment with your memories of the Little House books. Or just leave me a comment saying how you really dig this blog!