It’s rare to find someone who has not read at least one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. The depiction of her growing up years in the American prairie has captured the imagination of generations. What lessons we have learned from the hard working Ingalls family: obedience, perseverance, duty, love!
As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder ~
The first time our family read these books aloud my husband had an interesting experience. We were reading The Long Winter. Joseph stayed home from church with the girls who were sick while I went to church to fulfill some responsibilities. When I came back the girls said, “Dad, was reading us the book and he started crying.” Joseph was reading the part where Pa goes to the Wilder boys home, knocks on the false wall, drills a hole and lets the wheat that we being stored there fall into his bucket. As a father to his own little brood of girls it just hit Joseph how very hard it must have been for Pa to try to provide for his family who were slowly starving because trains could not get through with supplies.
The Little House books are some of our family’s favorite read-aloud. But guess what? All of the books are now available as audio downloads! Up until now they were only available on CD. We have Farmer Boy on CD that we listen to on car trips. I LOVE how Cherry Jones narrates these books! You can find all the audio books here to download so your whole family can listen.
There is also a set of My First Little House Books that has wonderful illustrations and is good for those early readers who aren’t quite ready for the chapter books yet. Sugar Snow and County Fair have been my kids’ favorites.
Which little house book is your favorite? Mine is definitely Farmer Boy. It makes me hungry whenever I read it. I am also just amazed at how industrious and self-reliant the Wilder family is from growing and preserving their own food to weaving their own cloth for clothes. Maybe someday we can be as efficient as they were!