I'm a little ashamed of myself.
But only a little.
I read eight books this past week. That's right. Eight.
I was really looking for a good fiction fix, but since all most of our books are still in our storage unit and we can't just go our and buy enough to keep up with my veracious literary appetite.
So, I looked onto my parent's book shelf, and lo and behold, what do I see?
The entire Little House on the Prairie books (sans Little House in the Big Woods.)
Oh my joy.
(by Laura Ingalls Wilder.)
I had actually only read two of the books before, Little House on the Prairie and On the Banks of Plum Creek. And I had read those over and over again.
And over, and over.
And then I assigned my fifth graders to read them!
And I read them again.
Somehow, I had never read the rest of the books however, so I buckeled down and read them!
Little House on The Prairie
On the Banks of Plum Creek
By the Shores of Silver Lake
The Long Winter
Little Town on the Prairie
These Happy Golden Years
The First Four Years
Let me try to briefly review these eight books. First of all, remember that these are classified as children's books and are easily read by most 4th-6th graders. So my undertaking wasn't really one to be aplauded, trust me.
Secondly, if I had to chose just one word to describe all of the books it would be.....Charming. These books are just delicious, and you will surely be charmed from the very beginning to the last few words of the series.
The premise of the books, which can be classified as autobiographical instead of historical fiction, since they are based off of Laura's real travels and stories as a child, is about the Ingalls family during their pioneer trek from Wisconsin, to the Kansas Territory, to Minnesota, and finally to the Dakota territories, where they finally settle and Laura and her sisters continue to grow up.
The stories keep you on the edge of your seat and sometimes it is hard to believe that all of these events actually happened to one family!
I would highly recommend these books to anyone who was looking for an interesting, historical read!