Malin’s #CBR5 Reviews #75-83: The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Ratings: Little House in the Big Woods – 4 stars
Little House on the Prairie – 4 stars
Farmer Boy – 2 stars
On the Banks of Plum Creek – 4 stars
By the Shores of Silver Lake – 4 stars
The Long Winter – 4 stars
Little Town on the Prairie – 4 stars
Those Happy Golden Years – 4 stars
The First Four Years – 2.5 stars

So during the second week of my summer vacation, I got a really nasty cold and sore throat. What better reading material while sick than Laura Ingalls Wilder’s comforting stories about her childhood in 19th Century Frontier America? I was of the impression that I’d several of these as a girl, as it turned out, I had only ever read Little House in the Big Woods. I have, however, seen most of the TV shows, as that was always in constant re-runs in the afternoon on Norwegian telly.

Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books are a fictionalised account of her early life, up to and including her first four years of marriage to Almanzo Wilder. While most of the things she writes about is based on true events, quite a bit of the chronology of the locations the Ingalls family lived and the things that happened to them has been switched around in the books, mainly so the stories would flow better. Laura also doesn’t write about everything that happened to the family. She very significantly never mentions her younger brother, who died while very young, or the period when the family lived in Burr Oak, where her sister Grace was born.

Full review on my blog.

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