Going to Town (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Going to Town (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Renee Graef

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This charming picture book series features some of the most well-known episodes from the classic Little House books, simplified and condensed to appeal to younger readers.


This charming picture book series features some of the most well-known episodes from the classic Little House books, simplified and condensed to appeal to younger readers.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - 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

Demco Media
Publication date:
My First Little House Books Series
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1867
Date of Death:
February 10, 1957
Place of Birth:
Pepin, Wisconsin
Place of Death:
Mansfield, Missouri

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