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Little House in the Big Woods

Wilder, Laura Ingalls

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ISBN 10: 0060264306 / ISBN 13: 9780060264307
Published by Harpercollins, New York, 1953
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Glossy illustrated boards with matching dust jacket. Minor bump to head of spine, text is clean and white, no marks. Illustrated throughout with drawings by Garth Williams. DJ shows rubbing to corners and edges, spine sunned. "On the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in 1872, Laura Ingalls lived in a little log house miles from any neighbors and remote from any settlement. Her family was virtually self-sufficient, depending on the crops raised in the clearing and on the animals, birds, and fish caught by her father which were then salted, smoked, or canned in preparation for the time when the family would be snowed in." (from the jacket). Bookseller Inventory # B72611

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Title: Little House in the Big Woods

Publisher: Harpercollins, New York

Publication Date: 1953

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: Later printing

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Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in the award-winning Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers. This edition features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams.

Little House in the Big Woods takes place in 1871 and introduces us to four-year-old Laura, who lives in a log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. She shares the cabin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their lovable dog, Jack.

Pioneer life isn’t easy for the Ingalls family, since they must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But they make the best of every tough situation. They celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do their spring planting, bring in the harvest in the fall, and make their first trip into town. And every night, safe and warm in their little house, the sound of Pa’s fiddle lulls Laura and her sisters into sleep.

The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier, and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.

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Although the Little House stories are traditionally seen as "girl" books, boys might be happily surprised if they take another peek at their sisters' shelves. Little House in the Big Woods--the first book of the series and Laura Ingalls Wilder's first children's book--is full of the thrills, chills, and spills typically associated with "boy" books. Any boy or girl who has fantasized about running off to live in the woods will find ample information in these pages to manage a Wisconsin snowstorm, a panther attack, or a wild sled ride with a pig as an uninvited guest. Every chapter divulges fascinatingly intricate, yet easy-to-read, details about pioneer life in the Midwest in the late 1800s, from bear-meat curing to maple-tree sapping to homemade bullet making.

Wilder's autobiographical tales ring with truth and excitement. Readers will receive a perfectly painless history lesson, and in fact will clamor for more. Beloved illustrator Garth Williams spent years researching young Laura's pioneering family. His soft-line illustrations bring to life the full, simple days and nights in the family's log cabin. No one can read just one Little House book! (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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