Little House (9-Book Boxed Set)

Little House (9-Book Boxed Set)


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ISBN-13: 9780064400404
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Series: Little House Series
Pages: 2784
Sales rank: 12,731
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 6.70(h) x 5.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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.

Garth Williams is the renowned illustrator of almost one hundred books for children, including the beloved Stuart Little by E. B. White, Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

He was born in 1912 in New York City but raised in England. He founded an art school near London and served with the British Red Cross Civilian Defense during World War II. Williams worked as a portrait sculptor, art director, and magazine artist before doing his first book Stuart Little, thus beginning a long and lustrous career illustrating some of the best known children's books.

In addition to illustrating works by White and Wilder, he also illustrated George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square and its sequels (Farrar Straus Giroux). He created the character and pictures for the first book in the Frances series by Russell Hoban (HarperCollins) and the first books in the Miss Bianca series by Margery Sharp (Little, Brown). He collaborated with Margaret Wise Brown on her Little Golden Books titles Home for a Bunny and Little Fur Family, among others, and with Jack Prelutsky on two poetry collections published by Greenwillow: Ride a Purple Pelican and Beneath a Blue Umbrella. He also wrote and illustrated seven books on his own, including Baby Farm Animals (Little Golden Books) and The Rabbits’ Wedding (HarperCollins).

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1867

Date of Death:

February 10, 1957

Place of Birth:

Pepin, Wisconsin

Place of Death:

Mansfield, Missouri

Read an Excerpt

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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mickderb More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Jaynez More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Marliesd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have a lifelong obsession with Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Oreillynsf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Forget the TV series, go with the original. The Little House books were important to me as a child, and a reread really showed me why. What a magnificent way for a kid to explore social history -- through the eyes of another kid. They are, as is often discussed, rather racist, but I think the average reader can forgive this 19th Century xenophobia in order to read about the hopes and dreams and triumphs and all too frequent failures of this quintessentially American story
aramisTdawg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was, and is, one of my favorite series of books. The series is told from the point of view of Laura starting from her childhood in the "Big Woods" until her later years. She tells of the hardships and trials that her family went through during the 1800's. The books are so much better than the TV Show.
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Tara1 More than 1 year ago
Great set! Print is easy to read. A great book to read aloud to your family!
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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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ShopperMomAT More than 1 year ago
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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SandyAllen More than 1 year ago
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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