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"Classic and still great to read aloud…"
I read all the books in the series to my daughters when they were little (probably 6 or 7+)They are fantastic to read aloud and we had laughter & tears following the adventures of the family. Fascinating details of life in the past and such a humble life too (Christmas for example)but rich in family experience. Much better than the TV series. You could definitely read to boys and girls and as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed them too. I read them all in sequence (I think there are 8) and my girls always wanted to hear the next one. Fantastic! Do try them.Read moreLess
"Lively and timeless stories of an exciting Pioneer childhood…"
I was addicted to these books from roughly the age of 8: I think boys and girls alike would enjoy them. The author's childhood in late nineteenth century frontier America was so different from a comfortable late twentieth century English experience that I found the stories gripping from beginning to end, and my awareness from the start that the books are mainly autobiographical only added to my interest. They provided an extra dimension of historical as well as story-telling interest. Travelling miles across wild prairie in a covered wagon with your family? Seeing wolves, pumas and a sky full of grasshoppers? Being snowed in by a house height of snow? Searching for coloured beads in an empty Native American camp? This was so different from my own experience, and what excited me most about the books was that it actually happened. What sticks in my mind most, though, is her description of receiving an orange to eat at a birthday party: the description of the sheer joy at its deliciousness of a child whose family is going through hard times is both poignant, humbling and joyous, all at once. Any child would love these stories. Don't bother with the tv series: go straight to these! Real-life incredible adventures told with immense warmth and love.Read moreLess
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"Most people will associate the books with the television series…"
Most people will associate the books with the television series 'Little House on The Prairie' which aired on the U.S. based NBC network from 1974 to 1983. The show was a loose adaptation of the books. Michael Landon starred as Charles Ingalls, Karen Grassle played Caroline Ingalls, Melissa Gilbert played Laura Ingalls, Melissa Sue Anderson played Mary Ingalls, and the twins Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (credited as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) played Carrie Ingalls.
Although it deviated from the original books in some respects, (additionl charecters such as Albert - an orphan whom the family adopts) the television series, which was set in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, was one of a very few long-running successful dramatic family shows.Read moreLess
""These books are a wonderful introduction to American Pioneer history…"
"These books are a wonderful introduction to American Pioneer history for young children - girls in particular, probably, since the two main young characters are female - and are great for demonstrating the "basics" of life. Laura's adventures are so exciting, and Laura herself so lively, that children are gripped by the simple but dramatic stories." "My six year old daughter loves to read The Little House books to herself, while my husband and I practically elbow one another out of the way to read aloud to her at bedtime. How many other books have such appeal?"Read moreLess
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