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Title : The Little House Collection
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ISBN : 9780060529963
Format Type : Boxed Set
Number of Pages : 2700 Pages
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The Little House Collection Reviews

  • Vanessa
    2019-05-19 22:58

    Like so many people, I read and loved these books as a girl. When my son was an infant and I was looking for something to entertain me during his marathon bouts of nursing, I decided to read the series again. I still found it immensely enjoyable, but with one striking difference: When I was a child, Pa Ingalls seemed like the coolest dad on the planet - he played the fiddle, made his own bullets and took his family on all sorts of adventures all over the unsettled west. As an adult, however, I thought Pa came off like a flakey dreamer who put his family through years of hell, always claiming "Caroline! If you just put up with backbreaking labor, mortal danger and starving kids for a few years, just watch! This expanse of desert/marsh/frozen tundra will become the breadbasket of the world and make us rich as kings!" How Ma Ingalls put up with his crazy schemes for so long is a testament t her patience/holy doormat-ness. On re-reading, I thought the series must be missing the volumes "Little House on the San Andreas Fault", "On the Slopes of Angry Volcano" and "By the Toxic Tidepools of Three-Mile Island."

  • Belinda
    2019-05-04 22:12

    OK, so I'm a little generous with the whole Little House series. Sue me. But for me, as a child, they WERE "amazing," and here's why.When I was in first grade in a tiny, tiny town in Arkansas, and hating school with the heat of a thousand suns, each member of the class was given identical packages at Christmas time. They were books. I'd been reading for a long time already, so loved a new book...but disappointment set in as my classmates who got their books first opened them before I had a chance to open mine, and they were all the same: A beginner children's book called "The Big Snow." (I think) It was about a kid getting dressed to go out into the snow. On one page, he put on his pants. On the next page, his boots, and so on and so on, FOR AN ENTIRE BOOK. I wanted to cry.And then when I opened MY book, it wasLittle House in the Big Woods. Then I DID cry, because it was a REAL book, and somebody "got" me, and knew I was different, and it was OK.I loved the series as a kid, and after reading each book, would spend lots of time imagining that I had brought Laura from her time to mine, and what it would be like to show her things like cars and telephones and televisions--she'd be AMAZED! And she'd think I was so COOL!Yup. I just reviewed a book as a 7-year-old. You're welcome.

  • Eryn☘
    2019-05-04 00:59

    I read this series when I was in fourth it was many many years ago. However, the story has not left my mind. I absolutely adored these books, and I'm sure I would love them just as much if I re-read them! I remembered feeling as though I was with Laura's family during every journey they went through. It's a fascinating story - and a true one at that. I'd recommend that everyone reads this series at least once in their life!

  • Kathy
    2019-05-04 23:10

    I read these as a young girl and loved them. That's about all I remembered about them, though. So I decided to read them again, and I'm so glad I did! Reasons I loved these books:1. They are clean and wholesome.2. They teach responsibility and hard work.3. They teach about gratitude and being happy with what you have instead of looking elsewhere for happiness.4. FAMILY is emphasized and taught to be an important part of society. Laura's family is warm, loving, and kind.5. After reading about all of the work that went into obtaining honey, cheese, eggs, grain, meat, oats, and butter, I'm grateful that I can make a quick trip to the grocery store and spend my time doing other things!I enjoyed every character in this series. I especially loved Laura and grew to admire her throughout the series. She always wanted to be outside, enjoying nature. She wasn't big on sitting around for any extended amount of time. She was strong-willed and opinionated, yet well-mannered and feminine when needed. She was a true pioneer and worked hard for everything that she achieved in her life.I also enjoyed the fact that there was a strong father figure in these books, who loved his girls and taught them to work for their dreams. I was annoyed with the fact that he continued to uproot his family, but if he had quit the first time around, and everyone else had, too, then we wouldn't have the good country that we do today.This book isn't politically correct in some places, and it gave me a taste of what it was like to live back then. I'm grateful to be living today, but there are so many things to be learned from these great people!I better stop now before this gets too long. I'm going to buy all of these books because I will be reading them again, and again, and again...

  • Taylor
    2019-05-07 00:05

    Okay, I'll admit it. I still re-read these. I just finished a ramble though the pioneer prairies with Laura and enjoyed it throughly. I know there is an outcry about the treatment and representation of Native Americans in these books, not to mention women, African Americans, and children. But let's calm our politically correct minds for a moment and think about the treasure of literature these books are. Specifically, they are WONDERFUL for educating young people about how people of color, minorities, women, and children were treated and thought of in the late 1800s. It's not like Laura is out there advocating Native American oppression! These books are her memories (or maybe her daughter's interpretations of the stories she heard) and that's how it was for her and her pioneer family. It's not how it is today, thank goodness. Laura gifted us with these memories - let us use them wisely.

  • Larissa
    2019-05-14 22:02

    These books taught me to fall in love with reading. Not only did these books teach me so much about life in general *such as how to make cheese from scratch* but they really just expanded my worldview as a child. I have a great sense of nostalgia when I think of this series. But more than that, I feel that Laura Ingalls Wilder had such a gift for storytelling. Her literary voice is just beautiful. The stories were humorous, and touching, and you always wanted things to turn out for the best for the family (and it did, in the end). Classics that will be a wholesome, entertaining read for all generations--who doesn't love a realistic glimpse into early Americana? Her phrasing and diction are impeccable. Yup, I'd read this story as a 25 year old, and love as much as I did when I was an 8 yr. old, but perhaps with a deeper understanding.

  • Melody
    2019-04-30 21:54

    After a couple of days immersed in this series for the first time in I don't know how many years, I'm left bemused in a lot of ways.From a historical standpoint, there's little else out there for kids that is this rich and complete. The everyday details that make up a pioneer life are lovingly dwelt upon in a way that's just far enough removed that even the littlest reader doesn't panic. After all, if they all starved to death in The Long Winter, there wouldn't be a next book, would there? From a modern, perhaps revisionist standpoint, I was uncomfortable with the hate that boiled out of Ma every time she talked about Indians. I didn't like the way Pa treated his family, the way he got the most potatoes, the way he dragged them from pillar to post on a whim. So many of the things I didn't like were cultural and I feel as if I haven't any right to not like them, if that makes any sense. It's the way things were then, and ought to be presented as such. Those who don't remember their history and all that. I dig the messages about self-sufficiency, I found the descriptions of how to craft houses and furniture and food out of prairie sod and a few cottonwood trees to be fascinating and useful. But I don't much like the Ingalls family. I haven't a thing in common with any of them, I don't think. I'm walking away for the last time with some fond memories, and that's enough.

  • Lori
    2019-04-21 03:52

    Most people love these novels, and I can't for the life of me understand why. I was given the collection growing up and read them, but I never cared much for them and never re-read them.

  • Laura Morrigan
    2019-05-12 23:56

    From my blog: I was a little girl, my father used to read me these books. It has been a really long time since then and I can hardly remember most of the stories from the book, but I still remember the sense of excitement and adventure in these books. Laura and her family were pioneers, and as a young girl she met each move with a sense of adventure and openness to the world. I also loved that the girl was called Laura like me.These stories are a true testament to the amazing spirit of the pioneers. They kept moving on, dealing with the problems of their life, never losing hope. The parents always did their best to make this world pleasant for their children, and to make times like Christmas magic. Trips to town were a treat when the girls would get a lolly each. They had very little, but completely appreciated what they did have, something which a lot of us have forgotten in our modern consumer driven society. I don't long for those times, because the life was hard and not everyone made it as Laura's family did, but I love the simplicity and teamwork of their little lives. It reminds us to appreciate what we do have. And anyway, they were just such amazing adventures! I think this series is must read material! It's also great for parents to read with their children, creating wonderful memories like the ones I have.

  • Stacy
    2019-05-08 04:44

    I started my youngest on reading this series and then thought, "I should really read these again." It's been years but they are still just as magical and wonderful as the first time I read them; although I have way more respect for what it must have been like to do the work I do every day in the home but with no technology or ease. I love the simple writing style that tells the story of growing up on the frontiers of Minnesota, and Dakota territory. The wonderful part about these books is that while you are engrossed in reading about pioneer and settler life, you are also getting the positive messages of work hard, have integrity, be cheerful and grateful, do the right thing and life will just work out. I remember my third grade teacher telling my class how she got to go on a field trip when she was in grade school and meet Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was in awe and I still am. I wish we could have met. And don't think these books are just for girls. If you start with Farmer Boy, they will be hooked and plow right through the series. Everyone should take a little time to read or reread these classics. You won't be sorry. In fact, you'll probably want to call me up and thank me for the suggestion. You're welcome.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-05 00:49

    I have, ever since I was 8 and received a box set of the "Little House" books, adored each and every single one of them. In over 20 years, my feelings towards these books haven't changed one iota. They are easy to read, and chock full of information about life as a young pioneer girl. How many times did I wish I could taste Ma's vanity cakes, or see Mary's college dress in person? These books are so fascinating, for anyone remotely interested in history, that it makes it impossible to put them down.The writing itself is fine. Let us remember that Laura Ingalls Wilder was a teacher in the late 1800's, and that she always received top marks in grammar and reading. Even looking over her books now, as persnickety as I am about poor spelling/grammar/editing, while her language is simplistic, there is nothing wrong with the way she writes.These books are meant to be treasured.

  • Maggie Anton
    2019-05-13 03:59

    When I travel on book tours, I prefer home hospitality rather than staying in a hotel. Hotels are lonely, they require me to leave at a specific time, and they don’t have kitchens stocked with all sorts of tasty snacks. The homes I stay at typically put me up in a guest bedroom that previously belonged to a child who has since left the nest. Often the child’s books are still there.On my recent book tour in Florida, I spent the night in my host's daughter's bedroom where I saw Little House on the Prairie on the bookshelf. I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s semi-autobiographical historical novels when I was young, so I picked it up, started reading, and ended up finishing it. Reading one of my childhood favorites as an adult was so intriguing that I decided to re-read the entire "Little House" series. Amazingly, I think they stand up pretty well 70 years later.However, I’ve recently learned that Wilder’s stories are a lot more fiction than autobiography, and that there appears to be a political slant behind them. Here are a couple of articles for those of you who want to know more, fromBoston Globe and Now I can't wait to read Pioneer Girl: The Annotated AutobiographyBy the way, Laura’s older sister Mary apparently went blind from viral meningoencephalitis, not scarlet fever. To learn more see

  • Laurel
    2019-05-11 23:03

    I absolutely ADORED these books as a little girl. I just finished revisiting each book in the series, and I think I enjoyed them even more as an adult. It's a wonderful look at American life in the Midwest as the first pioneers settled in what was then unknown territory. I loved hearing about their adventures as they traveled from one new settlement to another, and of all they overcame along the way. It's near impossible not to fall in love with the Ingalls family, who are each filled with such optimism, strength and spirit.Of course, as an adult, some things struck me a bit differently than it did as a child. As much as I still adored Pa for his sense of adventure and obvious love of his family, I did question some of his decisions as he risked his family's lives moving them to one new location after another. The descriptions of "the Indians" also made me cringe a little, especially in Little House on the Prairie. I had to remind myself that those were the times -- the new settlers feared Native Americans, and Native Americans feared the new settlers. Pa does remind his family that "the Indians" are just the same as anyone else and that they only want to be treated fairly and given rights to their land. And there is a obvious compassion for them as they are later driven from their territory. Still, it made me a bit uncomfortable. As did some of the stuff on woman's rights, like when Laura tells Almanzo she doesn't feel women should be given the right to vote. But again, this was the late 1800's... things were quite different then. Overall, this is a wonderful collection of books with a lot to teach about early American life and the importance of family, honor, values and perseverance.

  • Angela
    2019-04-26 20:46

    I used to listen to these books as my mother read them. My mother got them as a child they kept their gifts in the attic inside their pillow case. My mother snuck up into the attic every night to read her books she had not received yet. She loved them and still reads them to her children to this day. The books themselves are well put together have pencil drawing and explain a lot about the early american heading south. Laura is wonderful at describing the suroundings as she moves through the states. Her sister became blind and she described the world to her. Her sister became independent and went to a school for the blind. She was even able to ride horses to her home on her own. Even after Laura grew up she tells her life all the way through until the point that she got a treasure. Paper! Her daughter also grew on her mothers passion for writing and started writing books also of her childhood.I was able to go too a museum of Lauras life was spent. We did activities like making butter... I was able to learn the skills of the early settelers and make things like maple syrup. I think that every child should get a chance to learn from Laura

  • Joanne Ishmael
    2019-05-17 02:10

    My husband found this collection in a used book store and bought it for me as a Christmas gift. He knew how much I loved these books, and that I had this same collection as a child (my mom gave me this same set when I was 9 or 10). I tore through all of them at record speed, and loved them as much as ever. The day to day life of the Ingalls family, their struggles, and triumphs, brought me back to being a little girl in love with these books. The saddest part however, was, that aside from the first book, Little House in the Big Woods, NONE of them had been read. AS a girl, I read the entire set into shreds, cracked spines, pages falling out, then gone missing. The girl who owned this set, Britney Fonteyn, who was proud enough to scrawl her name across the top of the cardboard bookcase they came in, never came to know the rich, colorful, and sweet stories it held within.

  • Astrid Claudia
    2019-05-10 03:06

    I finished this serial a long time ago when I was in the elementary school!Back then, I didn't really care if the plot or writings were good or not. I do remember the translation were bit confusing.This is part of my childhood, a very personal one for me. Laura Ingalls accompanied me through some hard times and good times when I was a kid. Like a friend that I ran to to when I needed to hide from the world.I hated Nellie Oleson with her, grieved when they lost their baby brother, trapped in the snow with them, tearful when Mary lost her sight, and because I was still a kid back then, I didn't really understand the part she fell in love with Almanzo Wilder. I should thank Laura for the beautiful & heartwarming stories. And thank you for being my childhood memory.

  • Emma
    2019-05-02 21:00

    This isn't five stars for Laura's (or Rose's?) writing style. This isn't five stars for the page-turning, blood-pumping excitement here, nor for the complex plot, as this series has neither of those things. This isn't five stars for current popularity. This isn't five stars for the impact these books have on my current life. This is five stars for a time gone by: Laura's childhood, and mine. Growing up, I didn't just read about Laura Ingalls--I wanted to be her, and was her to some degree. Whenever I re-read any of these books, I get a funny little nostalgic ache, and for that, I owe this series every one of those five stars.

  • Dioscita
    2019-05-14 20:54

    I suddenly got a hankering to re-read the Little House books after moving into my own house that was built around the same time Ingalls-Wilder and her family were beginning their travels. My adult eyes were able to appreciate much more about the stories (i.e. rich details of pioneer life intermingled with true prejudice against American Indians). The educator and pedagogue in me also deeply appreciates Ingalls-Wilder's lived perspectives on what turn-of-the-century education was all about. Each of these books offers something different, but I think my favorite is "Little Town on the Prairie" in which you can literally watch the town of DeSmet, South Dakota, rise up from the ground.

  • Lydia
    2019-05-05 03:47

    I started reading this set to my school kids. We are on the second book. These books are timeless and the kids love them. When I pulled out Little House in the Big Woods and told them it was our next storytime book, I got waving hands and big smiles. They said things like, "I love those books," and "Those are my favorite books."

  • Vicki
    2019-05-14 00:48

    The first book and a couple after were read aloud to my class in third grade by my wonderful teacher, Miss Genevieve Emrich. Truly a childhood classic, even though I have read a lot of criticism of the series in my years teaching children's literature. At the time, it was magical.

  • Grace
    2019-05-16 21:05

    These books were the best i ever read! LOVE THEM!!! they are awesome!

  • Jules
    2019-05-15 21:43

    I haven't read this series in decades, and yet I still remember so much. I should do a reread over the summer.

  • Hannah
    2019-04-26 05:01

    I read this series at least twice, maybe three times, growing up. I need to find the whole set for myself now. :)

  • Virginia Bennett
    2019-04-26 04:51

    I love each of these books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am continuing to read related books by other authors as I am studying what characteristics made up the American Spirit during the great expansion when Americans were Homesteading and during the years following. I was very impressed with the attitudes and character of each member of the Ingalls family and of Almanzo Wilder. They had a love of family and of God. They believed in being their best no matter what was happening in their lives. They faced challenges with courage. They were very highly skilled in things I come nowhere close to in my life, such as home building, sewing, keeping a clean and comfortable home at all times even in the midst of chaos. They cheerfully disciplined themselves to work together as a family and achieve their goals together, and then if things did not work out as they hoped, they picked up where they left off and cheerfully started all over again. They were thrifty, knowing how to make a small amount of household resources go a long way. The children were in a real sense apprentices of their parents so that when they began their own lives on their own or with their own families they were highly skilled to do so. The Ingalls girls were far better educated with or without a high school diploma than I am with a high school diploma, knowing the history of the US and of the explorations that lead to the founding of the US very well, being able to diagram sentences, having memorized the entire Declaration of Independence, and having memorized the entire book of Psalms among other Bible verses.I identified with Laura in her love of the outdoors, in her playful spirit, in her love of flowers, in her love of faith and family, and in her determined attitude to achieve goals.I find myself different than her in my handling of life's difficulties, not being as courageous and thankful as her and wanting to become courageous and thankful. I am also different in being much more of a romantic than her in courtship and marriage, but I am like her in being a close friend and partner with my husband. She was more willing to tackle tasks considered a man's realm than I am, such as cutting down trees, and making fuel for the fire. She was a harder worker and a faster worker than I am and I would like to become as dedicated and skilled at my work as she was with hers.I have also read A Little House Traveler and enjoyed it very much. I read the biography of her written by William Anderson and was delighted with how she cared so much for children and how well she was loved by children and adults alike.

  • Carolyn Bunkley
    2019-05-10 22:45

    I've read all the books in this set may times over. I've also read other Wilder books, as well as those by her daughter, Rose. Love them all!From Wikipedia: Little House in the Big Woods (1932) Farmer Boy (1933) - about her husband's childhood on a farm in New York Little House on the Prairie (1935) On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937), a Newbery Honor book By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939), a Newbery Honor book The Long Winter (1940), a Newbery Honor book Little Town on the Prairie (1941), a Newbery Honor book These Happy Golden Years (1943), a Newbery Honor book On the Way Home (1962, published posthumously) - a diary of the Wilders' move from de Smet to Mansfield, Missouri, edited and added to by Rose Wilder Lane. The First Four Years (1971, published posthumously) West from Home (1974, published posthumously) - Wilder's letters to Almanzo while visiting Lane in San Francisco in 1915 The Road Back (Part of A Little House Traveler: Writings from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Journeys Across America, highlighting Laura's previously unpublished record of a 1931 trip with Almanzo to De Smet, South Dakota, and the Black Hills) A Little House Sampler, with RoseWilder Lane, edited by William Anderson Farm Journalist : Writings from the Ozarks Writings to Young Women (Volume One: On Wisdom and Virtues, Volume Two: On Life As a Pioneer Woman, Volume Three: As Told By Her Family, Friends, and Neighbors) A Little House Reader: A Collection of Writings Laura Ingalls Wilder & RoseWilder Lane (Letters exchanged by Laura and Rose) Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings Laura's Album (A Remembrance Scrapbook of Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by William Anderson)

  • Mary
    2019-05-10 04:12

    The Little House Books were the first series of books I read as a young girl. It is a wonderful series for children and adults alike. It is very interesting to read what life was like in the 1880's in the early years of our country. It was interesting to read in my childhood, but even moreso today in a sense. I thought things were so advanced in the years I was a child - but children today have things that I didn't have and of course none of the things in our lifetimes were things that Laura and her family could have even dreamed of. Also, things were done much differently in Laura's lifetime than they were during my childhood or today. There were no large malls, or grocery stores to shop in. There was not modern farm machinery as there is today. There were no automobiles until later in Laura's life. The mode of dress was far different than it is today. I think Laura and her family might be shocked to see the way people dress today. Food was prepared differently. There was no electricity (until later in Laura's life I believe.) There were no microwaves, washer's & dryer's, air conditioners, or modern furnaces as there are today. I think this series of books are those that children today should read. It is a great way to learn about life in the 1880's. It is very informative, but most important these books are fun to read.

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-04-24 03:10

    Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder is an exquisite set of books that I cherished growing up. Read until they were dog-eared, this series has to be one of my childhood favorites. A story about a young girl growing up on the frontier, it was so popular they made it into a T.V. series even though the series didn't do it justice. Stories as a young girl I could relate to, the mean girl in town, fights with my sisters, and just the struggles of everyday life of any family. The love Ma and Pa had for each other showed through so much so, that even today I can still see Caroline's eye's sparkling bright blue as Pa whirled her around the dance floor. This series is a perfect example of a story well told. When you're there in Laura's life so much that you can feel her fear when in trouble, or you can taste the penny candy on Christmas, that's a story. I have no doubt this will be a children's classic for years to come. I highly recommend it.

  • Doralyn
    2019-05-04 23:45

    I know my mom read these to me, but I don't know if I read them myself. If I did, I was really little. I'm enjoying the series. I like how she describes everything they did to make a life, how much their lives revolved around simply surviving. However, the little moral lessons I could do without ("children should be seen and not heard" etc). I think Laura passive aggressively describes Mary on a regular basis, making her seem really anal and unpleasant. And the way she describes herself is almost arrogantly flattering. When she starts seeing Almanzo (saying she wasn't courting him, but basically doing so), I don't really see why except for the convenience. I don't see really much personality in him nor attraction between the two. All in all, I found the books thought-provoking as they really did make me contemplate the history of our country and how far we've come.

  • Tineka
    2019-04-21 00:50

    I read these aloud to my daughter over the course of four months. Laura, the author and narrator, describes the life & times of her family as they move west. What I love best are the depictions of nature. They are mythic, going beyond what is seen to make us wonder at the beauty & greatness of existence. & the wolves! They are mentioned in several of the books, but my favorite is probably when they are surrounding the house, howling. Pa is watching them from a window in the house with a curtain for a door. He sits with his gun handy, but doesn't shoot at them. Instead he picks Laura up so she can see better and tells her to look at how their fur shines in the moonlight. Whoa.Because the family trespasses on Indian Territory and because many people hate/fear them, we had plenty of opportunity to talk about racism & white privilege.

  • Theresa
    2019-05-03 03:54

    Found this 8 book set at the flea market for $5....So far I've read 3 and I'm loving them so much...these stories remind me of a combination of my sister and I growing up with our father showing us how he and our mother did things on their ranches and also reminds me of my mother's stories of when she and her 5 sisters grew up on their ranch with their father and mother helping their father and mother do all the farm-work and housework...absolutely beautiful stories of how children where told to act and behave and how they where grateful for the few things they particular story that is similar to Laura speaking about her little doll made out of a corn cob...this reminds me of a story I loved that my mother used to tell me about how she would make dolls for herself and her little sisters made out of corn husks....