For the first time in the history of the Little House books, this new edition features Garth Williams interior art in vibrant, full color, as well as beautifully redesigned covers.
The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house.
Written in 1935 and now re-issued, this second of the nine critically-acclaimed and immensely popular "Little House" novels is probably the one best known and loved. It deserves its reputation as a classic of children's literature. Wilder tells how she, Laura, and her family (Pa, Ma, sister Mary and baby Carrie) journeyed in a covered wagon from Wisconsin to the immense rolling prairie of Kansas. We marvel at her father's energy, ingenuity, and boundless optimism as he drives them across the frozen Mississippi and constructs a house and farm almost single-handedly. We admire mother Caroline's quiet courage and determination as she overcomes her misgivings to nurture her family. Laura's independence, curiosity, and sheer joy of living reach us quite clearly in the simple but eloquent prose. Wilder has opened a window into the past and we look through it with the eyes of an observant child at perils (wolves, raging creeks, malaria) and joys (unexpected Christmas presents, a rocking chair, the music of Pa's fiddle). An ever-present reality is the relationship between the settlers and the hostile Osage Indians. It is instructive to overhear the comments of various white neighbors, ranging from fear and dislike of the native inhabitants to the brutal desire for their extermination. Even Laura's wise and tolerant father believes that when the white settlers come, the Indians must move on. The immediacy of this story makes it especially valuable both as history and as an engrossing tale of the pioneer life and spirit. 2003 (orig. 1935), Avon, Talcroft