Little House series round-up post

I am counting this as one Classics Club entry because technically I’ve reread most of the books except two.

  1. The Little House in the Big Woods
  2. Farmer Boy
  3. Little House on the Prairie
  4. On the Banks of Plum Creek
  5. By the Shores of Silver Lake
  6. The Long Winter
  7. Little Town on the Prairie
  8. These Happy Golden Years
  9. The First Four Years

When I started this read-along, I wanted to judge if the books were as good as I remember them and if reading them as an adult coloured my views. This was not my absolute favourite series as a kid, but it definitely had its moments. I’m someone who has always been pulled to the country and simpler life. I have a lot of old fashioned tastes and hobbies so the books worked on me in that level. I also enjoy history.

I was perturbed and saddened to find that Pa Ingalls did seem to be an irresponsible father at times. As much as he loved his girls, he was a bit shady and a poor man with finances. Most kids would have a lot of this stuff go over their heads, but even as a kid, I never understood why Charles Ingalls moved his family so much across the country. I also disliked the racism especially as voiced by Ma.

I would still read or recommend these to children, even though I have the aforementioned qualms. One of the best aspects of the series is Laura herself who is honest, brave yet realistic. She is inherently relateable to most young girls. The writing is good too. I think Wilder is a lovely writer. There is some memorable images and fun moments from these books. Credit to Laura and maybe Rose Wilder Lane for that. I think it’s written well for the most part.

More than ever, this readalong has really made me excited for Pioneer Girl. I look forward to reading Laura’s even less embellished childhood.

4 comments

  1. Geoff W says:

    It’s so hard with racism, poverty and things that have become so much more touchy subjects today (for just reasons). I know there was a movement a few years ago that wanted to remove offensive words and situations from books and how many are banned (or tried to be banned) every year. Taking into account when a book is written really does help with a lot of novels. It doesn’t excuse them, but provides an excellent learning and teaching moment.

    • athena says:

      I agree, Geoff. If I had kids and if I were to read these to them, I definitely would discuss the thing about racism and poverty. I think what is harder is explaining that Pa is a shady dude at times. lol I think when I grow, you see the things as they were as an adult and it’s less idyllic than when you were a kid. Just a bit sadder I guess. Thanks for the comment!

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