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Meet Laura Ingalls the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House booksPa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house and the family sets out for Indian co I recently read this to my young son and he couldn t get enough He s a kid who loves nothing than to spend all day in the woods building forts so perhaps it s not surprising that he took to this book It s a marvelous adventure story that left me in awe of the sheer indefatigable competence of this family The relationship of the family to the natural world the great prairie that they move to is fascinating as is their relationship to the Indians Then again fascinating did on a rare occasion turn into something overtly racist in the case of the Indians I struggled with what to do about those passages They were mostly the characters speaking so one approach would have been to read it and then pause to critiue but I wasn t sure my son was uite old enough to appreciate that So I took the easy way out I skipped over those passages I m still uncertain whether this was the right thing to do Perhaps in the future we ll revisit this and can have a fuller discussion

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R family are kept busy and are happy with the promise of their new life on the prairieLITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE is the second book in the Laura Years series back cover Fried Apples and a Lesson in RacismI loved this series when I read them around ten years ago My favorite was The Long Winter A few years ago I went to visit her home in Missouri with my sister and niece She had two houses but I must say I loved the Sears and Roebuck one best The other one had a wonderful antiue mint green stove in it that I would have loved to have owned except I think that it would not be easy to bake in and maybe it used wood for fuel My ex mother in law had a wood burning one once when she was renting a house in the country It heated the entire house She didn t bake much so she didn t have to worry about getting the fire just right I read this book again because I had heard that it contained racist remarks I must not have noticed it before So Laura Ingalls and her family take off in a covered wagon for parts unknown Laura asked for a papoose like another child would ask for a puppy Her mother exclaims I don t like Indians No you cannot have a papoose Why would Laura even think of owning a papoose I suppose it was just a childish whim And then her father talks about how the government is going to push back or kill the Indians so they don t have to worrySo now what was once an adorable story about pioneers that all children love to an adult can become a political issue as it was in the book Killers of the Flower Moon that came out after I read this book This conversation was mentioned in it in detailThe fact of racism in this book doesn t ruin it for me and I am American Indian but I had a German father I had a friend who was Indian but she didn t like pioneer stories which was understandable Me I love them I have another friend who loves them too and she is married to a Native American and may be part Indian So I asked members of our book group if they liked pioneer stories some of us are Indian or part Indian One wanted nothing to do with them because the white man had murdered the Indians Three of us liked them because they were survival books and fun reading They were history We felt that other countries had to deal with these things as well Then some of us who were Indian had family who came to America in the early days Now as to the racist comment I like what one of the group members said They were being honest with their feelings and they were afraid of the Indians and I might add They should have been Not all Indians were friendly And Indians had sometimes warred with each other taking food from another tribe when there was a drought kidnapping children etc This doesn t make it right what the Europeans did by coming to here just as it isn t right for any nation to colonize or destroy other nations I just hope that kids who read these books will get a lesson from their parents on racism as it would be a good way to teach them Here is an interesting recipe that could have been used by the Ingalls on the trailFried ApplesFry 4 slices of bacon Remove bacon Slice apples and add to hot bacon grease Brown on each side ServeNow whenever I fry apples I used real butter but if I used bacon grease I would eat the bacon along with the apples

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Untry They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas and there finally Pa builds their little house on the prairie Sometimes farm life is difficult even dangerous but Laura and he I have mixed feelings about this book My mother read the Laura Ingalls books with me when I was a little girl and I m rereading them for the first time in 30 years Little House on the Prairie is the story of the Ingalls family Pa and Ma Laura her sister Mary and her baby sister Carrie taking a covered wagon all the way from Wisconsin to Kansas at about 1870 The author is vague on the timing such as exactly what year it was or how old she was but it seems to be written from the perspective of a 6 year old I read in a biography that she played a little loose with the timeline Once they reach Kansas which was still Indian Territory back then the family finds a nice bit of prairie and builds a log cabin and starts growing crops But after a year there Pa gets upset at news that Washington has decided to move the white settlers out of Indian Territory and the family abruptly packs up the wagon and leaves the cabin behind heading back to WisconsinI ll start with what I liked about the book which is the story of the wagon trip and the actual homesteading I have admiration for all the brave pioneers and immigrants and travelers of the world who set out with very few belongings and started a new life somewhere else surviving on their wits and the kindness of strangers We re going to do well here Caroline Pa said This is great country This is a country I ll be contented to stay in the rest of my life Even when it s settled up Ma asked Even when it s settled up No matter how thick and close the neighbors get this country ll never feel crowded Look at that sky There were some lovely heartwarming moments such as the Christmas dinner that was saved with the help of a neighbor who met Santa and carried the children s gifts to them Or their loyal dog Jack who survived a near fatal river crossing The book is filled with charming illustrations and I had a vivid memory of some of the picturesIt was fascinating to see the series of steps that Pa and Ma took to frame a house dig a well build a barn make a fireplace save seeds to grow crops etc Each event was a big deal and was an adventure For example Pa and a neighbor nearly died while digging the well because some underground gas almost poisoned them And the whole family got sick with malaria one summer but luckily a doctor in the territory saved them in time Then there was the day of a massive prairie fire and only uick thinking by Pa Ma saved the house Or the time there was a panther on the prairie who was tracking the family but luckily an Indian killed it before it attacked anyoneWhich brings me to what I didn t like about the book which was racism against the Indians I honestly do not remember all the racist comments from my childhood reading The line The only good Indian is a dead Indian is mentioned several times Or how Ma was constantly fretting about them saying Land knows they d never do anything with this country themselves All they do is roam around over it like wild animals Treaties or no treaties the land belongs to folks that ll farm it That s only common sense and justice Did my mother skip those parts when she read these books with me Or did it just not register I understand it was the prevailing attitude of the whites at the time but it was jarring to read it in a children s book even one that was first published in 1935 I think this is important because if I were going to read this book with my niece for example I would edit out the racist parts which is probably what my mom did I don t see the need to plant the seeds of an old prejudice in a young child I struggled with whether to give this book a 3 or a 4 but I rounded up out of affection for the series as a whole The first book in the series Little House in the Big Woods has been my favorite so far But I will continue to read these books and enjoy the stories of the early settlersI ll close with this nice thought from Laura toward the end of the book when the family is leaving the homestead behind Laura felt all excited inside You never know what will happen next nor where you ll be tomorrow when you are traveling in a covered wagon

  • Paperback
  • 335
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • English
  • 05 March 2019
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About the Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Ingalls wrote a series of historical fiction books for children based on her childhood growing up in a pioneer family She also wrote a regular newspaper column and kept a diary as an adult moving from South Dakota to Missouri the latter of which has been published as a book



10 thoughts on “Little House on the Prairie

  1. says:

    “There's no great loss without some small gain” If only we lived and loved in Laura's timeI get hugely nostalgic for every time I

  2. says:

    Okay it's a great American classic I realize that I read it for the first time in third grade because the pioneer go forth and push westward philosophy is a central feature in the proud American mindset and heritage But it's for that very reason that the value of the book needs to be uestionedWhile much of the story focuses on a family's self reliance on the Kansas prairie the book preceding it Little House in the Big Woods does the same

  3. says:

    I recently read this to my young son and he couldn't get enough He's a kid who loves nothing than to spend all day in the woods building forts so perhaps it's not surprising that he took to this book It's a marvelous adventure story that left me in awe of the sheer indefatigable competence of this family The relationship of the family to the natural world the great prairie that they move to is fascinating as is their relationship to the In

  4. says:

    In this third installment to the Little House series the Ingalls family packs up and heads west toward Kansas This journey brings adventure but also multiple dangers along the way This book was definitely my least favorite yet I perso

  5. says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book My mother read the Laura Ingalls books with me when I was a little girl and

  6. says:

    This is not really a review of the general contents and themes of Little House on the Prairie but my personal attitudes towards the fa

  7. says:

    I bought the CD of this story for my 4 year old daughter and have spent many days listening to it in the car with herThis book should clearly

  8. says:

    Fried Apples and a Lesson in RacismI loved this series when I read them around ten years ago My favorite was The Long Winter A few years ago I went to visit her home in Missouri with my sister and niece She had two houses but I must say I loved the Sears and Roebuck one best The other one had a wonderful antiue mint green stove in it that I

  9. says:

    I am a fan of the Laura Ingall's Wilder books and I am enjoying them even as an adult sharing them with my daughter This one moved a bit slowly than Little House in the Big Woods but I was still fascinated I can hardly imagine a life so primitive Some say Pa was crazy for moving his family away from the Big Woods where they had a s

  10. says:

    So entertaining and so racistIs this the book where we start to learn how flawed Ma and Pa really are Pa is certainly a happy go lucky guy with no foresight taking his wife and daughters away from their family into the middle of nowhere which by the way belongs to Indians almost getting them drowned burned and sick of malaria And Ma only c

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