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Children's LiteratureThis is one of the "Little House Books" written by Wilder about her life in the Big Woods. It is a wonderful time of courting by her future husband, Almanzo Wilder. It is also about how good life is with her family in the Midwest. The story draws one into it and makes the reader see how hard winters can be and how hard one had to work. Simple things like food and enjoying family and friends are very important. Later in the series Laura and her husband traveled by wagon with their daughter Rose to Missouri. The author has a way of taking us back in time and allowing the reader to be with her in telling about the past. Young girls love the books and read them over and over. The story stretches across age and interest. This one is special because it is a "Full-Color Collector's Edition." The color and the paper are of very fine quality. Garth Williams was always the right choice for doing those memorable illustrations. You have to love handling this beautiful book and reading, or re-reading, it. Best of all everyone can afford this paperback edition. 2004 (orig. 1943), Harper Trophy/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 8 to 13.