Going to Town (My First Little House Books Series)

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Long, long ago, a little girl named Laura Ingalls lived in a little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their good old bulldog, Jack. One spring day Pa has a wonderful surprise—he is taking the family on a trip into town! Laura is very excited, for she has never been to a town, and this special visit is everything she imagined and more.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers. ...

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Overview

Long, long ago, a little girl named Laura Ingalls lived in a little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their good old bulldog, Jack. One spring day Pa has a wonderful surprise—he is taking the family on a trip into town! Laura is very excited, for she has never been to a town, and this special visit is everything she imagined and more.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers. Now for the first time, the youngest readers can share her adventure in these very special picture books adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved storybooks. RenÉe Graef's warm paintings, inspired by Garth Williams' classic Little House illustrations, bring Laura and her family lovingly to life.

Laura and Mary get ready for their very first trip from the little house in the Big Woods into town, where a visit to the general store and a picnic by the lake await.

1995 'Pick of the Lists' (ABA)

A little pioneer girl and her family, living in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, make their first trip into town to visit the general store.

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Editorial Reviews

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PreS-Gr 1A picture-book adaptation of a chapter from Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods. Readers meet Laura Ingalls and her family as they carefully prepare for her first trip to town. The night before, Mary and Laura have their hair wound up in rags so they will have curls. On the big day, they wear their best dresses, and Ma packs a picnic lunch. Laura is impressed with the many houses in town and the wide selection of store items. The more active part of the original chapter, in which Laura tears her pocket because she greedily picks up too many beach stones, has been omitted. Graef's full-color, double-page illustrations carry the text. From the gingham-check endpapers to the warm green and gold tones of the outdoor and interior scenes, she captures a glimpse of the characters' way of life while maintaining the style of Garth Williams's original illustrations. While there is little action in this book, it may be a good discussion-starter on pioneer life. For a livelier account, stick with the original.Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064434522
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: My First Little House Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 185,491
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 in the log cabin described in Little House in the Big Woods. She and her family traveled by covered wagon across the Midwest. Later, 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. For millions of readers Laura lives on forever as the little pioneer girl in the beloved Little House books.

Renée Graef received her bachelor's degree in art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is the illustrator of numerous titles in the Little House publishing program, as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favorite Things and E.T.A Hoffman's The Nutcracker, adapted by Janet Schulman. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with her husband and two children.

Biography

"I wanted the children now to understand more about the beginnings of things, to know what is behind the things they see -- what it is that made America as they know it," Laura Ingalls Wilder once said. Wilder was born in 1867, more than 60 years before she began writing her autobiographical fiction, and had witnessed the transformation of the American frontier from a barely populated patchwork of homestead lots to a bustling society of towns, trains and telephones.

Early pictures of Laura Ingalls show a young woman in a buttoned, stiff-collared dress, but there's nothing prim or quaint about the childhood she memorialized in her Little House books. Along with the expected privations of prairie life, the Ingalls family faced droughts, fires, blizzards, bears and grasshopper plagues. Although she didn't graduate from high school, Wilder had enough schooling to get a teaching license, and took her first teaching job at the age of 15.

Later, Wilder and her husband settled on a farm in the Missouri Ozarks, where Wilder began writing about farm life for newspapers and magazines. She didn't try her hand at books until 1930, when she started chronicling her childhood at the urging of her daughter Rose. Her first effort at an autobiography, Pioneer Girl, failed to find a publisher, but it spurred a second effort, a set of eight "historical novels," as Wilder called them, based on her own life.

Little House in the Big Woods (1932) was an instant hit. It was followed by a new volume every two years or so, and the series' success snowballed until thousands of fans were waiting eagerly for each new installment. "Ms. Wilder has caught the very essence of pioneer life, the satisfaction of hard work, the thrill of accomplishment, safety and comfort made possible through resourcefulness and exertion," said the New York Times review of Little House on the Prairie (1935).

In 1954, the American Library Association established the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to honor the lifetime achievement of a children's author or illustrator; Wilder herself was the first recipient. After Wilder's death in 1957, historical societies sprang up to preserve what they could of her childhood homes, and her manuscripts and journals provided the material for several more books. A TV series based on the books, Little House on the Prairie, ran from 1974 to 1984 and renewed interest in Wilder's work and life. More recently, fictionalized biographies of her daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother have appeared.

Wilder's books have now been translated into over 40 languages, and still provide an engrossing history lesson for young readers, as well as insight into the frontier values that Wilder once catalogued as "courage, self-reliance, independence, integrity and helpfulness" -- values, in her words, worth "as much today as they ever were to help us over the rough places."

Good To Know

Wilder's daughter, the writer Rose Wilder Lane, helped revise her mother's books; the collaboration was so extensive that one biographer proposed Rose was the "real" author of the Little House books. Most agree that Rose was, if not author or co-author, instrumental in suggesting the project to her mother and shaping it for publication.

After her books were published, fan mail for Wilder poured in; among more than a thousand cards and gifts she received for her birthday in 1951 was a cablegram of congratulations from General Douglas MacArthur.

Wilder, who had grown up making long journeys by covered wagon, took her first airplane ride at the age of 87, on a visit to Rose in Danbury, Connecticut.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mrs. A.J. Wilder
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1867
    2. Place of Birth:
      Pepin, Wisconsin
    1. Date of Death:
      February 10, 1957
    2. Place of Death:
      Mansfield, Missouri

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    My First Little House books are wonderful to read.

    This series is adorable and a great way to introduce what life was like. Perfect for 2 to 3 year olds but my 5 year old also loves reading them. The books have prompted us into some very good discussions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2002

    This Book is So Cool!

    This story takes place in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. The main character is Laura. Laura lived with her Pa,her Ma, her big sister Mary, her little sister Carrie and their good old Bulldog Jack. This story is about Laura and Mary never going to town. Then one day Pa says that as soon as he gets the crop planted then they will get to go to town. Before, they were to young so they could not go. A few days later Pa said that they were going to town. So that night Ma gave Laura and Mary a bath then she did their hair. The next morning theygot all ready. Then they headed to town. When they got there there were housesand houses. Laura said there were so many houses she couldn't count them all. Then Pa helped everyone out of the wagon. They all went in this one huge store. It was the biggest out of all of them. When they went inside there were all diffrent sorts of things. At the end of all the trading the person in the store gave Laura and Mary a piece of heart candy. Laura's candy said 'Sweets to the sweet'. And Mary's candy said 'Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are you'. When they got done they went outside and then had a picnic. Then after the picnicthey headed home. On the way home Pa sang softly' Mid pleasuresand palaces, though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home'. And that was the end of my story.

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