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Little House the Laura Years Boxed Set: The Early Years Collection [Paperback]

By Laura Ingalls Wilder (Author)
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Item description for Little House the Laura Years Boxed Set: The Early Years Collection by Laura Ingalls Wilder...

The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, and The Long Winter.

Little House in the Big Woods

Wolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870's. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her own cheese and butter. All night long, the wind howls lonesomely, but Pa plays the fiddle and sings, keeping the family safe and cozy.

Little House on the Prairie

Pa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house, and the family sets out for Indian country! They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas, and there, finally, Pa builds their little house on the prairie. Sometimes farm life is difficult, even dangerous, but Laura and her family are kept busy and are happy with the promise of their new life on the prairie.

On the Banks of Plum Creek

Laura's family's first home in Minnesota is made of sod, but Pa builds a clean new house made of sawed lumber beside Plum Creek. The money for materials will come from their first wheat crop. Then, just before the wheat is ready to harvest, a strange glittering cloud fills the sky, blocking out the sun. Soon millions of grasshoppers cover the field and everything on the farm. In a week's time, there is no wheat crop left at all.

By the Shores of Silver Lake

Pa Ingalls heads west to the unsettled wilderness of the Dakota Territory. When Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and baby Grace join him, they become the first settlers in the town of De Smet. And Pa begins work on the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the shores of Silver Lake.

The Long Winter

The first terrible storm comes to the barren prairie in October. Then it snows almost without stopping until April. Snow has reached the rooftops, and no trains can get through with food or coal. The people of De Smet are starving, including Laura's family, who wonder how they're going to make it through this terrible winter. It is young Almanzo Wilder who finally understands what needs to be done. He must save the town, even if it means risking his own life.

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Item Specifications...

Format: Box set
Studio: HarperTrophy
Pages   1648
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.72" Width: 5.28" Height: 3.94"
Weight:   2.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 1993
Publisher   HarperTrophy
ISBN  0064404765  
ISBN13  9780064404761  

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More About Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867, near Pepin, Wisconsin. From 1882–1885 she was a teacher in South Dakota. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885. Laura and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, made their own covered-wagon trip with their daughter, Rose, to Mansfield, Missouri. There, believing in the importance of knowing where you began in order to appreciate how far you've come, Laura wrote about her childhood growing up on the American frontier.

Laura Ingalls Wilder has said that she and her sisters were busy and happy as children but loved Pa's stories the best. In 1932, when Laura was 60 years old, she wrote her first book, Little House In The Big Woods, so those stories would not be lost. She thought about how she had seen the settling of the frontier -- the woods, Indian Territory of the Great Plains, the frontier towns, the coming of the railroad, and homesteading on the prairie. She thought of writing the story of her childhood in eight volumes that would cover each aspect of the American frontier. These became the Little House series. Wilder finished the last book in 1943. On February 10, 1957, she died at age 90, on her farm in Mansfield, Missouri.

For millions of readers Laura lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 and died in 1957.

Laura Ingalls Wilder has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Library of America
  2. Little House
  3. Little House (HarperTrophy)
  4. Little House (Original Series Hardcover)
  5. Little House (Original Series Paperback)
  6. Little House Chapter Book
  7. Little House Chapter Books (Paperback)
  8. Little House Merchandise
  9. Little House the Laura Years (Audio)
  10. My First Little House Books (Hardcover)
  11. My First Little House Books (Paperback)
  12. My First Little House Books (Prebound)
  13. My First Little House Books: My Book of Little House Paper Dolls
  14. Writings to Young Women on Laura Ingalls Wilder

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9Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( W ) > Wilder, Laura Ingalls
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Reviews - What do customers think about Little House the Laura Years Boxed Set: The Early Years Collection?

Little House Books  Feb 28, 2008
We are reading the Little House Series as part of our homeschool curriculum. I have 5 children and the older 4, ages 2-7, can't get enough of these stories, We have read 3 in the series already and are quickly moving through the rest. Along with reading from the Bible, we read Little House books, at least once a day, sometimes twice.
Can't beat these classics  Nov 7, 2007
My great grandmother bought me this set when I was a little girl. She read me these stories and shared her own experiences from the early 1900's, which of course is after the conclusion of this series. I think it is a great series to share with your children. I have been reading these to my daughter, who is now 6, for several years. I think they offer perspective, the stories describe a time and a life that most of us could not imagine. And, it's so hard to find a book or series of books that you can trust your children to read without worrying about the message they are receiving. This set is great.
Great reading for Preteen/teen girls  Jun 27, 2007
These books are great, even in these days of computers and gadgets! They take you back to a time of simplicity, love, making the most out of nothing and morals. Lessens taught and life experiences shared through the eyes of a young girl in a new and unexplored world. Makes you wish that you were Laura Ingalls, experiencing the daily things she called life.
Repeat Repeat Repeat  Nov 4, 2006
These are great books...don't get me wrong. But I bought the large set and this set thinking that I would get something different.
Every book was a repeat of books from the larger set...and nothing in the description let me in on this little secret.

Fortunately they are good enough to give away for Christmas gifts!
Personal History of the Frontier  Jul 22, 2005
These eight books were written when Laura Ingalls Wilder was in her late 60s. They are reminiscences of her early years when living on the western frontier of America in the post-Civil War era. While a smell can stimulate memory, many pages are written about the cooking and foods that they had. Laura also describes the intricacies of female dress of that time. Hoop skirts were probably killed off by the bicycle craze of the late 1880s, they even hindered getting into a buggy. The outlook also changes as she ages from a child to teenager to woman.

The "Little House ... Big Woods / Prairie" reflect her life as a child and how she remembers it. Since she was very young in Wisconsin, her memory must have been recovered from the stories of Ma and Pa and her older sister Mary. Could later events have affected her memories? "Farmer Boy" is about the youth of Almanzo Wilder, her future husband, and his life in the far north of New York state. These books are child-oriented.

"Plum Creek / Silver Lake" are about her later years, where she is aware of things like economic conditions that wouldn't be noticed by a child. The "Long Winter", about the terrible winter of 1880/1881, is most oriented to an adult in its description of life on the breaking edge of settlement. The story about the railroad camp won't have much meaning to children who have never experienced such hardships. It is a warning against the assumptions of the corporate railroad. If they build a railroad, the trains may not come on time.

"Little Town / Golden Years" are about her schooling, her school teaching, and her drives in the country with Almanzo, her future husband. I hope they had the happy married life that they deserved.

The books tell what is was like in the late 19th century. If you wondered about the roof on a sod house you will find a description here. Laura tells about digging a well, but the conventions of her time prevent any description on the location of their privy. The politics and events of that time are rarely mentioned, but children and teenagers don't care even today. Then it was work from sun up to sun down, except for Sunday. The Ingalls seem more religious than some others.

There is an economic side to these stories. In the first books the Ingalls live as subsistence farmers, growing or building most of what they consume. Pa hunts game for meat. In the middle of the stories Pa can't hunt, he must buy meat from the wages he earns in town. Laura works so her money can help send Mary to college. By the end the settlers are all raising cash crops to sell. They still have gardens to raise household food, and sew clothes from the cloth they buy. No more homespun. Labor saving devices are bought, like a breaking plow. Mechanized reapers and thrashers are now hired as needed. The forces of nature can still wipe out months and years of work in a few minutes. Hail and tornadoes threaten the growing crops. But the Ingalls strive, endure, and succeed, setting a good example for future countless generations.

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