Going to Town (My First Little House Books Series)

Going to Town (My First Little House Books Series)

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by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Renee Graef
     
 

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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

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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. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064434522
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Little House Picture Book Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
142,816
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. With her family, she pioneered throughout America’s heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year. The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home. After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932. The nine Little House books are international classics. Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America’s quintessential pioneer story.

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1867
Date of Death:
February 10, 1957
Place of Birth:
Pepin, Wisconsin
Place of Death:
Mansfield, Missouri
Website:
http://www.littlehousebooks.com

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Going to Town 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.