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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Although Little House in the Big Woods is a children's book, it's still an enjoyable read for adults. It covers the years when Laural Ingalls and her family lived in a log cabin in Pepin, Wisconsin (near Lake Pepin). Caroline and Charles Ingalls both had the necessary skills for self survival and while Laura's father, a skilled hunter, provided food and fuel for the family, her mother sewed and cooked and kept the cabin clean and tidy. All of the family adapted to a strict regimen to keep their family home well stocked and cared for.
Wash on Monday
Iron on Tuesday
Mend on Wednesday
Churn on Thursday
Clean on Friday
Bake on Saturday
Rest on Sunday
If I was ever stuck in the woods, this is the book I would want with me to learn survival skills! But it wasn't all work. The extended family got together to bleed sap (maple syrup) from the trees which was cooked, and although most of it was stored, they did scoop up platefuls of snow and pour maple syrup on it which quickly turned to candy.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was in her sixties when the first book in her Little House series was published after many rejections (she was told writing for children was a waste of time). Her books now have over 60 million in sales. And of course we all remember the series Little House on the Prairie starring Michael Landon.
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3 comments:

L. D. said...

I suppose the history was not old enough for them or the way of life was something publishers couldn't relate to. Being raised in Iowa in a big prairie area I felt close to those books as earlier settlers were on the same kind of land we lived.

Joanne said...

I loved that whole series as a kid. I think I checked them out of the library continuously for several years. Excellent gift to young and old

K9friend said...

I read every one of those books as a child and loved them.

Pat
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