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Book Review: Little House in the Big Woods

Hello, friends! Today’s book review is on Little House in the Big Woods, one I’m sure most of us have read. Enjoy!

Little House in the Big Woods, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, was one of my favorite books growing up. I remember listening intently as Mom or one of my brothers read it aloud to me and my sister.

   In many of the books in the series and the picture books, there’s a phrase that says, “and their good old bulldog Jack.” That always stuck out to me. My sister and I knew it was coming, and would say it aloud with whoever was reading to us. I love the fact that the Ingalls’ dog went everywhere with them.

      The best part of the book, in my opinion, was how the Ingalls family was always busy. Pa went hunting and trapping in the woods and creeks to provide for his family. He even found a bee tree once, and brought home fresh honey for Ma and the girls. Ma could make so many things, from cheese to rag dolls, from butter to rugs. Laura and Mary were eager to help Ma in any way they could. Little House in the Big Woods has such wonderful descriptions of how the whole family kept busy, and how they did so. I used to try to recreate some of the activities from the book because I thought it sounded so exciting! My sister and I used to have what we called our “Laura and Mary dresses.” They were blue and red, just like Laura and Mary might have worn. One time when my family when to a historical village, we sat in the schoolhouse at the little desks, pretending we were Laura and Mary at school.

     While all the activities and events are fun to read about, the best part is that they really happened. The Ingalls family was a real pioneer family, living and working in the woods of Wisconsin. Life wasn’t always easy, but they worked hard and had each other. That’s the best part of all.

     To sum it up, Little House in the Big Woods is a true classic, great for a family read-aloud or your personal enjoyment.

What about you? Have you read any new books lately? Who was your favorite character?

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