Thursday, October 16, 2014

My First Little House Books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder {1995-2000}


I haven't met many American girls who didn't grow up loving Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books. Reading about Laura's adventures growing up during the early pioneering days of our country captures the heart and imagination. They are wholesome and inspiring, certified classics.

Imagine my delight when I heard they had made a series aimed at younger readers! Daniele shared about Sugar Snow in this post, and we checked it out {as well as a stack of other My First Little House books} that very week. No more waiting to share these beloved stories with S, I could introduce her to all of the characters and get her feet wet immediately! She took like wildfire to them at two years old, and we still check them out from the library frequently.

Basically, simple portions have been taken from Laura's original books, and artists Renee Graef, Jody Wheeler,  and Doris Ettinger (depending on which book you pick up) have drawn up gorgeous accompanying illustrations, modeled upon the original artwork by Garth Williams. You get a cohesive story about simple life on the prairie (or farm, or house in the big woods) that will captivate your child and fill you with nostalgia ;).

We've personally read Summertime in the Big Woods, A Little House Birthday, Sugar Snow, Winter on the Farm, A Little Prairie House, Prairie Day, County Fair, Going to Town, and The Deer in the Woods, and they have all been a joy to read together.  Any of the titles in the series would be worth checking out! I hope to own them all eventually, and was thrilled when my sister sent S three of the books for her birthday.

Activities. 

  • Print and color this Little House on the Prairie postage stamp
  • Enjoy these free printable coloring pages from Cheryl Harness.
  • Make snow candy this winter with maple syrup or molasses. 


Looking for more great books to read with your preschooler? Check out the rest of this 31 Days series here!

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