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'Whether it’s the weird and wonderful elements of the houses, the dinky format, or is sheer randomness, The House Book is unexpectedly difficult to put down … the kind of quirky little guide that could be found on anyone’s coffee table.' (Accent)

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  • If there’s one thing the Little House books need, it’s more grit!

    Frankly, it irritates me that when most people think of “Little House on the Prairie” they think of the beloved (and sometimes not so beloved) television show. The Little House books encompass such a wider breadth of experience, not to mention covering a bigger range of actual mileage! How can I explain what a profound effect these books had on me as a child? First of all, when I stopped being engrossed in the story long enough to focus, I would realize that these books, although they are classified as historical fiction, are based on real memories from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood. While it is true that the books are not straight autobiography, and despite Ingalls Wilder having written them in the third person, the descriptions are so vivid and the emotions are so real that the child reader truly feels that they are a part of the Ingalls family. The Little House books totally beat out any of the historical fiction the teachers at school tried to shove down our throats. (Now, I am not ragging on historical fiction. Books like , , , and are all amazing examples of children’s historical fiction. However, the ones given to us at school seemed designed to make us detest history!) What the Little House books capture that most works of historical fiction cannot is the sense of innocence and the normality of the experience of the child characters. This was their lives. They didn’t get caught up in a historically significant event and witness first hand important things that were outside the normal experience of everyday children. No, they were a living, breathing part of history. Perhaps more importantly, the Little House books capture the fierce love of a family trying to carve a life for themselves on various frontiers.

    (I did not realize until I was doing research for this post, just how many had been written in addition to the original series! Written by various authors, these Little House books chronicle the lives of Laura’s mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother! I was already familiar with the series chronicling the life of Laura’s daughter, Rose, which I discovered was written by Rose’s adopted grandson and heir, (who was quite a character himself!). I highly recommend that you research the history of the Little House franchise, as it is actually quite a fascinating story.)