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review 2019-02-02 00:15
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie - Garth Williams,Laura Ingalls Wilder

Reading level and Leveling System:

Guided Reading: Q

Lexile Measure: 760L

 

This book was my first favorite book during elementary school. Laura Ingalls and her family are heading to Kansas. Leaving behind their home in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, they travel by covered wagon until they find the perfect spot to build a little house on the prairie. The family must soon get to work, farming and hunting and gathering food for themselves and for their livestock. Along with the new adventures in the land it also has it dangers, from wolves to Indians. Will the Ingalls move from this land too? This book could be used while discussing pioneers or about traveling on a wagon train. A great activity for this book would be a Lapbook. A file folder is folded and turned into a book with a cover that can be decorated with a picture that describes the book. On the inside of the file folder, it includes information from the book. Including the characters, conflicts, the climax, how the conflict was resolved, and new unknown vocabulary words. 

 

 Little House in the Big Woods Lapbook 

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review 2018-09-04 00:38
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie - Garth Williams,Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lexile Level: 760L

 

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder is a classic book that details a girl's life living on the prairie of Kansas during the late 1800s. The book could be introduced to students who are naturally interested in American history and who may want to know what life was like during this time. This would be a great book for upper elementary students to read independently as it belongs to a series of books.Teachers could also introduce this book during history lessons to give students a personal connection to the content. This book could be read aloud to teach vocabulary in context or to teach students how to use context clues to make inferences about to meanings of unknown words or phrases. 

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review 2018-07-30 03:33
A year through the eyes of a long ago girl
Little House in the Big Woods - Garth Williams,Laura Ingalls Wilder

Two things about this cute classic:

 

It makes you incredibly hungry almost every chapter. Which is fitting for a people struggling daily to get, prepare and store enough of it according to the season.

 

Building from the point above, beyond the morality bits, it is quite the how-to manual on survival without tech. If the apocalypse comes, THIS ONE is the book you want.

 

No, wait, three: The illustrations are lovely.

 

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They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.

 

 

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text 2018-07-21 21:08
Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 224 pages.
Little House in the Big Woods - Garth Williams,Laura Ingalls Wilder

Oh my God! This is making me SO hungry!!

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review 2018-05-18 18:59
Little House on the Prairie - Garth Williams,Laura Ingalls Wilder
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I have never seen the TV adaptation of this book and only had a vague idea of what it was about. In terms of plot, this has more of a continuous storyline than Little House in the Big Woods. It's similar in that there are a lot of detailed descriptions of the processes and life activities, but this has more of a plot.

This is a good educational read to show what it was like for white settlers moving west in the 1800s. However, I do think adult assistance is needed for this book. While Little House in the Big Woods had some racist elements ("Old Ned" song about a dead "darkey"), this contains much more racism and negative views of the "other". 

I do not think that books should be altered to represent present-day views, but the text should be used as a teaching opportunity. In this book, the Native Americans are mostly shown as negative. They are described as "wild" and "savage" and the saying, "The only good Indian is a dead Indian" is popular among multiple characters. There are a few interactions with the Native American people, but for the most part, the white family (with the exception of Pa and his progressive ways) is terrified of the people who are so different from them. Obviously this is from a child's views and it was probably pretty accurate to how Wilder felt at the time, but it definitely shows Native Americans in a negative light. Despite the fact it is declared multiple times in the text that the white people are kicking the Native Americans off of the land, the Native Americans are framed as the villains. The white people take the land and then get mad when the people living on that land are upset. Important history lesson. 

So while this is a great educational read, I can't give it more than 3 stars because of the racist undertones. The views are clearly outdated, but it can still be used to teach about the historical events of the time.

Overall, it's a good educational read, but I suggest it in a classroom or other setting where these issues can be discussed and fully understood by the readers. 
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