Little House in the Big Woods
Laura Ingalls Wilder
1932

The first of the famous series that gave us Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s story is one of the best-loved classics of American children’s literature. Based on the author’s childhood in late nineteenth century Wisconsin, the Little House books describe the experience of white homesteaders in still-largely-unsettled territories of the United States as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Hunting, farming, family and hard, hard work are the features of the world Ingalls Wilder grows up in – with, of course, the ever-present threat of Indian attack told with all the racist and yet occasionally sympathetic contradictions of the time.

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