Little House on the Prairie


“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” 
-Laura Ingalls Wilder



Several months ago, I found this set of books, at a church rummage sale.  It's beat up, used and in pretty bad condition.  
But it was one dollar and I didn't have the collection of Wilders books and really wanted to start reading them personally and to the girls, at some point.  
What I really loved about this set {and what made me a bit sad that it was discarded} was the inscription on the top.  I have a really hard time letting go of items that have personal notes attached, so I always have a pinch of pity, for an item that was once thought over and then thrown into the garage-sale pile.  Isn't it sweet? The mother wrote a note to her daughter....I wonder what
I grew up watching Little House but certainly didn't have a affinity for the show {or books} until the last year. I think about moving to the country, all the time, and maybe watching Ma and Pa sit at their tiny table, in their log cabin, makes me day dream.  Sure, I know it wouldn't be just like that, but still.
We're allowed to construct our dreams the way we want, no?
Although, I could do without Nellie. What a beast {Then again, I'm sure we all have a bit of Nellie, in us}!

There is something fantasically perfect about their way of life but I know that it doesn't appeal to everyone.  Maybe it wouldn't appeal to me, if I lived in it, for more then a week. Who knows, but for now, I'll enjoy it.

Did you grow up reading the Little House books?  Do you have a favorite?  I know that the ones I hear most about are "Little House on the Prairie" and "Little House In the Big Woods" but do you have one that you enjoyed more?

I would love to hear.
Maybe these could be the next books we read, together?

19 comments:

  1. love the books! and enjoyed the show when i was litle too. living in a very small town in kansas, i found the adventures on the prairie so interesting and fun to imagine. :) i hope to read these books to my children (especially my daughter) as they grow, and hope to start with some of the My First Little House books very soon.

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    1. Aren't they amazing? Full of descriptions of things our kids have so little experience with!

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  2. Oh I love those books! I think we had that same set growing up. Still to this day, when I'm down I'll get These Happy Golden Years out and read it. I just love the beginning when he comes to get her and take her home on the weekends. It makes it even better if I can cuddle up in a homemade quilt while doing it :)

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    1. Oh girl, we ARE separated at birth, aren't we?

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  3. Oh I have some of the dvd sets and my kids love them!! I do to:) What a differnt world we live in today.

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    1. It is so different, but sometimes I think we can make it like that, again? Maybe not, but I can dream.

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  4. I loved these books growing up. Now I want to read them again :) pretty sure my parents still have my whole set! Can't wait!

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  5. I never did read those books growing up. However, my 9 year old has the complete set and she is actually reading them right now! I should borrow them from her :)
    I did watch the show growing up though!

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    1. Honestly, do yourself a favor and read them! I promise you won't be disappointed!

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  6. What a great find for $1! I like the two you mentioned, but I also liked The Long Winter and On the Banks of Plum Creek. I loved the series on TV too. Our local station played dramas all day after the soaps ended and among Wonder Woman and Chips, Little House was definitely my favorite.

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    1. CHIPS! I'm with ya sista...I loved CHIPS.
      And Highway to Heaven.

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  7. I read the Little House books when I was in 1st grade, and they have remained favorites throughout my life. In fact, I re-read the series just a few months ago! My favorite is probably Little House in the Big Woods, but I love them all. :)

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    1. You can't go wrong with any of them, can you? They are solid gold.

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  8. OMG. Um, yes, I totally grew up reading those!!! My breath caught when I clicked over and saw that photo! I was obsessed and convinced all I needed was a doily wrapped roll to keep me happy. Amazing find.

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    1. And a rag doll. And a gas lamp to carry around the house.

      I need both of those!

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  9. I've recently realized that so many things that I grew up with and didn't care for or didn't give any thought to are the exact things I want to have for my girls! I'm definitely going to have them read these!

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  10. LOVE!! I read these with my daughter starting a few years ago and I'm starting again this year. I think I love them as much as she does. My favorite moment was when we got to the end and Faith said something like, "That's it?" She thought there should have been another book after Laura got married and I kinda agree. :)

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