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By Umm Abdurahman
We purchased the first five books from ‘’The Little House Series’’ by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Abdurahman finished reading the first book, Little House in the Big Woods recently so we have written this review for the book so others may benefit.
This is the first book of the series and it is based on the life of the author. She recalls her experiences of living in a log cabin in the woods of Wisconsin with her mother, father and two sisters in the late 1800’s. They are surrounded by woods and wildlife. The book goes through a full year, and with it we explore the changing of seasons and how it affects their life. There is always something for the children to do as they help their parents with tasks indoors and outdoors. Pa is an attentive father as he not only hunts to provide for his family but also plays a great role in their upbringing. He is a great storyteller and often takes time to tell the girls stories with morals in them. Mary, her older sister, is her best friend.
As a family we often reminisce about living a simpler life somewhere in the countryside and running a hobby farm so it was really great for him to read this book as it gave him a very vivid idea of what life was like on a homestead in the early 1870’s. The central theme that runs throughout the book is the importance of family, where everyone helps out and takes care of and looks out for each other. She highlights the importance of simple things that we often take for granted, for example the work that it took to make cheese, or maple sugar, or sew clothes, or make hats for the family.
I liked the story just as much as my son when he would read to me. It is a good story that had many morals within it. There are only three things that I would mention of questionable material in this book. First is is that there is a chapter about Christmas and how they would celebrate it. Though it is told through the eyes of a six year old child so she does not really explain any beliefs or anything just simply how family would come over and they would receive presents. Second is that the father regularly plays the fiddle and sings to the chidlren. Lastly, after their seasonal making of maple sugar they have a dance where the father plays the fiddle. These points were not overwhelming factors in the storyline that dominated the book.
Overall this was an excellent children’s book. Abdurahman was very enthralled by the story and insisted we read the next book from the series so I think the book receives his recommendation. The quality of the topics were very good, with no questionable material save what I mentioned earlier. There is also a great deal to learn from the book in their tales of simple living, and close family life. It’s definitely worth considering adding to your child’s library.