Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Published: 2004 (First published 1935)
Challenge(s): Historical Fiction Challenge 2012, 2012 Where Are You Reading
Genre: Classics, Historical fiction, Children's literature
The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: Read this book over the course of a month and quite honestly, I should have finished this book sooner, but due to the fact that I focusing on basically one book for the past month, I basically ignored this one. While this was probably the second book that Wilder wrote, it felt like it was her first that she wrote, due to some minor grammatical issues that I had in the early part of the book; some of it didn't seem to flow properly, but overall it is a nice introduction to the travels that the Ingalls family would take over the next 10 years or so.
Interestingly enough, the family actually went to Kansas before returning to Wisconsin again (during which time the events of Little House in the Big Woods take place, or most of them) and then left from Wisconsin to Minnesota, etc.
Bottom line: This book is good for young readers, probably ages 8-12, especially since they are developing a more broad language and also they are looking for books that don't emphasize pictures as much and probably need a challenge.
Page total for 2012: 352