Little House: The First Five Novels (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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Generations of children and their parents have been delighted by the "Little House" novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and their semi-autobiographical account of her family's homesteading life in Kansas, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. Over the course of the novels Laura grows from childhood to maturity, and her family's experiences capture the adventure and excitement of life in the American wilderness of the nineteenth century.
 
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Overview

Generations of children and their parents have been delighted by the "Little House" novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and their semi-autobiographical account of her family's homesteading life in Kansas, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. Over the course of the novels Laura grows from childhood to maturity, and her family's experiences capture the adventure and excitement of life in the American wilderness of the nineteenth century.
 
Heartwarming tales of family love and unity, the "Little House" novels have never been out of print since they were first published. Little House: The First Five Novels collects the initial quintet of books that Laura Ingalls Wilder published between 1932 and 1939: Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, and By the Shores of Silver Lake. All five novels feature the classic illustrations of Garth Williams.
 
Little House: The First Five Novels is one of Barnes & Noble's leatherbound classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone for any home library.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435139619
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 10/11/2012
  • Series: Little House Series
  • Format: Leather Bound
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,474
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Millions of readers have read -- and re-read -- the Little House on the Prairie books, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s charming, fascinating tales of her own girlhood spent in the American West. The series, which is both a document of frontier-town America in the 19th century and a beautifully told coming-of-age story, is beloved by readers everywhere for their universal truths about family, love, and endurance in the face of hardship.

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 November 29, 2012

    this edition of the Little House books is very well done. All th

    this edition of the Little House books is very well done. All the original pictures have been kept in tack. I am a huge fan of these books and was pleasantly surprised at how well this volume was done.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Love it!

    Beautiful book, I bought it as a gift, and went back to the store to get one for myself!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    This is a gorgeous, gorgeous book. I have read the Little House

    This is a gorgeous, gorgeous book. I have read the Little House series too many times to count. I have purchased at least 3 full sets because I read them to death. This book I bought simply because it's so pretty. The cover (It's burgundy, or at least the one I bought. The picture makes it look a little purple.) and the pictures inside are very well done. I really hope that Barnes and Noble is planning on putting out another leather bound set with the remaining Little House books! I will definitely buy it if they do.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Need a second volume with the rest of the novels!

    I bought this book as a Christmas gift for an avid Little House fan. It was very well received and much appreciated. There are several of us that would love to have a second volume with the rest of the novels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Love this beautiful book

    I gave this book to my 11 year old daughter for Christmas. She absolutely loved it. The leather is beautiful and the gold leaf pages make it very special and something she will treasure for years. Please make a second volume with the last Laura Ingalls Wilder books in it--would be so great to have a complete leather bound set.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Lovely book! It's a shame that a lovely book like this is not on

    Lovely book! It's a shame that a lovely book like this is not on kids bookshelf yet crap like twilight is.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    I have always loved this series! I still have the original book

    I have always loved this series! I still have the original books that I received when I was a little girl. I hope that Barnes & Noble is planning on publishing the rest of the series in a second volume!

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    great book!

    Having the first 5 books all together is nice. Even though these stories are for younger people and is an easy read, I still love to read these stories. Its interesting to read the life of Laura and her family on the prairie and how they lived. Im not sure how much of this is true and how much is fiction, but its still fun to read. You cant help but get involved with the people and story line. I highly recommend this book to all ages.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    A beautiful book, an attractive collector item.

    Very pleasant book, a good read before bedtime. It reminds me of my younger years raising two wonderful daughters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Beautiful edition! Wonderful illustrations! 

    Beautiful edition! Wonderful illustrations! 

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