5 Minutes for Books is hosting Children's Classics today. It's an opportunity to share about a childhood favorite. How do I pick just one? I finally decided on a book that I recently read with my daughter, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I was a child of the 70's, so naturally I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie. I know I read several of the books, but I don't recall ever reading the first book in this series. When CJ got hooked on the Little House show, I decided to buy her the book set and read along with her (she's not the bookworm her Mama is). I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Big Woods as much as I did. I think I didn't read it as a child because it takes place before the period covered by the TV show. As an adult, I liked learning about how Laura & her family lived before they moved to Plum Creek. I particularly enjoyed the simpler time (something near and dear to my heart these days) and the work ethic.
Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday.
I could appreciate the book more as an adult. I enjoyed getting to know Ma, Pa, and Mary through Laura's eyes. The details she gives make it easy to picture their home and life in the Big Woods. I could almost hear the strains of Pa's fiddle, and wished I were there with them (though I'm not quite sure about the churning).
It was absolutely delightful to revisit this series. CJ & I will soon venture onto the next book, Little House on the Prairie. I can't think of a better way to spend Autumn!
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