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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 - Laura Ingalls Wilder,Garth Williams
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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text 2018-05-16 01:58
Little House in the Big Woods - Garth Williams,Laura Ingalls Wilder
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Apparently I have spent my entire life thinking Little House on the Prairie was the first book in the series (it's not, this one is) and not knowing that this book is set in Wisconsin (where I have lived for all 27 years of my life). I've heard of the series, but never read it until now and I haven't seen the show based on Little House on the Praries. So I didn't really know what I was in for.

This is a good educational read. It's not very developed plot-wise, it's more of just various stories based around a central theme (winter, Sundays, town, summer, harvest, etc.). It's still an interesting book, but it doesn't follow the traditional story arch. However, it is still very easy to get swept up in the text and picture oneself in the little cabin. 

Each chapter goes into great detail about what it was like living in the woods at the time and all of the work it involved. From making cheese to bear encounters, this book is filled with interesting information about the time period. A great historical look that is very educational. Various processes are detailed such as making maple syrup, building a shelf, churning butter, and smoking venison. 

Overall, this was a good educational read. I don't have any huge critiques, but I think there are a few things adults should be aware of before children read this book. 

Disclaimer: this is a difficult book to read as a vegetarian (and I can imagine, as a young child). I totally understand the necessity of eating meat when living in the woods in the 1800s, but sometimes the book got a little too detailed for me. Listening to a very involved description of how to make head cheese was not pleasant. At times, the book was downright creepy (Laura hiding in bed during the slaughter of the pig then playing with its blown-up bladder like a balloon). Again, I get that it was necessary to eat meat and entertainment was few and far between, but the descriptions were just a little much for me. 

Also, in the chapter, "Sundays", Pa sings a song about a dead slave, whom he refers to as "an old darkey". The original song is "Uncle Ned" by Stephen Foster. Apparently the word "darkey" replaces an even more not okay word in the version included in the book. I don't think books should be edited to make them meet today's standards, but I do think such references in old texts need to be properly explained by an adult to children. So it's not a criticism of the book, but adults should be aware of it if their children read this book. 

The audiobook version includes songs from "Pa's fiddle" and Cherry Jones sings the lyrics, which adds a nice effect. 

Overall, a very good read, but does require some adult explanation.
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review 2017-12-19 18:51
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder,Garth Williams

It took me two tries to get through this one. It was just so much more boring and racist than Little House in the Big Woods. I only "finished" because I skipped the malaria and Native American parts. 

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