Little House (9-Book Boxed Set)

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The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.

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 ...

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Overview

The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.

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.

Farmer Boy

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Almanzo and his brother and sisters work at their chores from dawn to supper most days -- no matter what the weather. There is still time for fun, though, especially with the horses, which Almanzo loves more than anything.

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.

Little Town on the Prairie

The long winter is over. With spring come socials, parties, and "Literaries." There is also work to be done. Laura spends many hours each day sewing shirts to help send Mary to a college for the blind. But in the evenings, Laura makes time for a new caller, Almanzo Wilder.

These Happy Golden Years

Laura is teaching school, and it's terrifying! Most of the students are taller than she is, and she must sleep away from home for the first time. Laura is miserable, but the money is needed to keep Mary in a college for the blind. And every Friday -- no matter what the weather -- Almanzo Wilder arrives to take Laura home to her family for the weekend. Laura and Almanzo are courting, and even though she's not yet sixteen, she knows that this is a time for new beginnings.

The First Four Years

Laura and Almanzo Wilder have just been married! Their life on a small prairie homestead begins with high hopes. But each year seems to bring unexpected disasters -- storms, sickness, fire, and unpaid debts. These first four years call for courage, strength, and a great deal of determination. Always, though, there is love, especially for the newest member of the family -- baby Rose.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064400404
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1989
  • Series: Little House Series
  • Sales rank: 752
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 5.30 (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.

Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."

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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Little House in the Big Woods

Chapter One

Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs.

The great, dark trees of the Big Woods stood all around the house, and beyond them were other trees and beyond them were more trees. As far as a man could go to the north in a day, or a week, or a whole month, there was nothing but woods. There were no houses.

There were no roads. There were no people. There were only trees and the wild animals who had their homes among them.

Little House On The Prairie

Chapter One

A long time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perhaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house -in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. They drove away and left it lonely and empty in the clearing among the big trees, and they never saw that little house again.

They were going to the Indian country.

Pa said there were too many people in the Big Woods now. Quite often Laura 'heard the ringing thud of an ax which was not Pa's ax, or the echo of a shot that did not come from his gun.

Farmer Boy

Chapter One

It was January in northern New York State, sixty-seven years ago. Snow lay deep everywhere. It loaded the bare limbs of oaks and maples and beeches, it bent the green boughs of cedars and spruces down into the drifts. Billows of snow covered the fields and the stone fences.

Down a long road through the woods a little boy trudged toschool, with his big brother Royal and his two sisters, Eliza Jane and Alice. Royal was thirteen years old, Eliza Jane was twelve, and Alice was ten...

On the Banks of Plum Creek

Chapter One

The dim wagon track went no farther on the prairie, and Pa stopped the horses.

When the wagon wheels stopped turning, Jack dropped down in the shade between them. His belly sank on the grass- and his front legs stretched out. His nose fitted in the furry hollow. All of him rested, except his ears.

All day long for many, many days, Jack had been trotting under the wagon. He had trotted all the way from the little log house in Indian Territory, across Kansas, across Missouri, across Iowa, and a long way into Minnesota...

By the Shores of Silver Lake

Chapter One

Laura was washing the dishes one morning when old Jack, lying in the sunshine on the doorstep, growled to tell her that someone was coming. She looked out, and saw a buggy crossing the gravelly ford of Plum Creek.

"Ma," she said, "it's a strange woman coming."

Ma sighed. She was ashamed of the untidy house, and so was Laura. But Ma was too weak and Laura was too tired and they were too sad to care very much.

Mary and Carrie and baby Grace and Ma had all had scarlet fever. The Nelsons across the creek had it too...

The Long Winter

Chapter One

The mowing machine's whiffing sounded cheerfully from the old buffalo wallow south of the claim shanty, where bluestem grass stood thick and tall and Pa was cutting it for hay.

The sky was high and quivering with heat over the shimmering prairie. Half-way down to sunset, the sun blazed as hotly as at noon. The wind was scorching hot. But Pa had hours of mowing yet to do before he could stop for the night.

Laura drew up a pailful of water from the well at the edge of the Big Slough. She rinsed the brown jug till it was cool to her hand. Then she filled it with the fresh, cool water, corked it tightly, and started with it to the hayfield.

Little Town on the Prairie

Chapter One

One evening at supper, Pa asked, "How would you like to work in town, Laura?" Laura could not say a word. Neither could any of the others. They all sat as if they were frozen. Grace's blue eyes stared over the rim of her tin cup, Carrie's teeth stayed bitten into a slice of bread, and Mary's hand held her fork stopped in the air. Ma let tea go pouring from the teapot's spout into Pa's brimming cup. Just in time, she quickly set down the teapot.

"What did you say, Charles?" she asked.

These Happy Golden Years

Chapter One

Sunday afternoon was clear, and the snow-covered prairie sparkled in the sunshine. A little wind blew gently from the south, but it was so cold that the sled runners squeaked as they slid on the hard-packed snow. The horses' hoofs made a dull sound, clop, clop, clop. Pa did not say anything.

Sitting beside him on the board laid across the bobsled, Laura did not say anything, either. There was nothing to say. She was on her way to teach school.

Only yesterday she was a schoolgirl; now she was a schoolteacher. This had happened so suddenly...

The First Four Years

Chapter One

It was a hot afternoon with a strong wind from the south, but out on the Dakota prairie in 1885 no one minded the hot sunshine or the hard winds. They were to be expected: a natural part of life. And so the swiftly trotting horses drawing the shining black-top buggy swung around the corner of Pearson's livery barn, making the turn from the end of Main Street to the country road Monday afternoon at four o'clock.

Looking from a window of the low, three-room claim shanty a half mile away, Laura saw them coming. She wag basting cambric lining to the bodice pieces of her new black cashmere dress...

Little House Nine-Book Boxed Set. Copyright © by Laura Wilder. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    Hours of entertainment

    I received this set of books from my parents when I was a child, and now my daughter enjoys reading them. In fact, they've been read so much over the years that we need another set because we've worn the covers off of some of them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2003

    Wonderful Gift for Christmas or Anytime of the Year

    I always loved the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was able to share these books with my daugters and now my granddaughter. It was a time of love and laughter. These stories will always be a cherished part of my life and now a part of my granddaughters life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    I love these books!I am 13 and in the seventh grade.Laura's book

    I love these books!I am 13 and in the seventh grade.Laura's books have good lessons in them that should never be forgotten.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Little Town on the Prairie

    I read these books as a little girl living in DeSmet, SD, "the Little Town on the Prairie". I truly thought they were exclusive to 'our library' because each day we looked out over Silver Lake and passed the big slough when headed home to the north of town. As a youngster, when visiting the library, if our behavior was good, the librarian would bring out Mary's braille Bible and let us 'feel the words', of course it is now kept under secure glass.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Laura Ingalls is timeless

    This was the first set of books I bought when I was 7 years old. I loved them then and I continue to love them now. My old set was worn beyond use because of all the times I've read the books. I have to buy a new set so that I can share it with my younger cousins and in the future with my own children. I recommend this series to everyone. It is an excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2010

    Great set of books for young excellent readers.

    The Little House series is a connection between generations as well as a great set of
    stories. I read them, my daughter read them and now my granddaughter is reading them.

    We can discuss the stories, history and pure enjoyment together.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Great set! Print is easy to read. A great book to read aloud to your family!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    I just saw a repeat of the TV-series on dutch TV, we are on seas

    I just saw a repeat of the TV-series on dutch TV, we are on season 7 episode 4. I am a grandfather of almost 68, and I enjoy the series so much that I hope to see the original books come available as NOOK Books to get them across the atlantic.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    I LOVE THESE BOOKS! I am an adult and have read through the enti

    I LOVE THESE BOOKS!
    I am an adult and have read through the entire series with my 4-year-old daughter. I did not read them as a child so it was my first experience with Little house. We both loved every single one. The stories are sometimes silly, fun, and heart-wrenching at the same time. I loved Laura and her family. They had hardships but were happy to have each other and are a wonderful example of a loving family. I would recommend these for children of all ages. And adults of all ages, too!

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Classic Laura Ingalls Wilder

    These books were in my parents' house when my sisters and I were growing up. We all read them many times. I am glad they are still a staple of homes. I truly believe they helped us become the readers we all are today.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    Great Reading for All Ages

    My parents bought me this set as a child 35 years ago and they are still one of my favorite series; I have all my original copies. With all the violence on TV it's nice to see a re-run of Little House and go back to a time when Family was most important. I bought these for my young neice and hopefully she'll enjoy them as much as I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    I love these books!

    This is definitely worth every penny! I love these books! Since I was a little child my mother has read these books to me. When I started reading these were the first books I read! I am 14 and still enjoy reading these books! :) Love them and will read them to my children

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    My Own Journey

    Since the time of elementry school to my soon to be married life I have enjoyed these simply unexplainably outstanding books especially the last 4,need I not mention!:). Although shy of my 20th bithday with every word, with every sentence I have grown up much the same way as Laura might have. My lifelong dream is to become a librarian and I couldn't have done it without Little House on the Prairie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    Takes you back in time

    I use to watch the show when I was little, when I was 25 I was surprise that the show was on tv and I start all over again, and one day when I was 29 I saw the books and I went crazy. I bought 5 of them and I never stop reading them, now I am 34 and still love them. I love the books, my daugther (8) loves them too. They are good for reading and learning. I love the Little House of The Prairie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2005

    next generation

    I loved the Little House series as a child and now I take great pleasure in the fact that my daughter has passed down her love of the books to her daughter. My granddaughter has come to love the Ingalls family as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2004

    Kid at Heart

    I love these books. I am 21 and still read them. Laura's life has amazed the minds of both young and old and continues to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2004

    I LOVE THEESE BOOKS!!!

    I am in 8th Grade and I still read theese! I was introduced to them in a 2nd grade classroom. Got them and read them all! I am at a way higher reading level, and on an unbusy day could read 2 or 3, but it doesn't matter! Theese are things that actually happened and I have read the whole set 5 or 6 times! Read these! Buy these! They may become your all-time favorites, like me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    Still love the books!

    I first started to read the series when I was seven and just kept buying the books through my school's 'Scholastic' book catalogue, and here I am 16 years later, still reading them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2004

    I love these books

    I started reading these books with my teacher and class. Now I love to read them and I'm hoping to,one day, visit the Little House Museum were they display Lauras things and her families things also. I would love to see Pa's fiddle. Is that like a violin? I play the violin. I'm kind of getting tired of that word. Well i'm hoping more kids will start reading thes books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    An Amazing life, an amzing story!

    I have enjoyed these books since I was 4 and learned to read. I can only hope that my daughter holds these stories as dear as I still do to this day.

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