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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2007

‘Little House on the Prairie’ paints a vivid picture of early family life

Editor’s note: This book review was written by fifth-grade magnet program students at Leon Sheffield Elementary School.

By Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Harper and Row, 335 pages, $6.99, paperback.

By Lexie Jones
and Tara Rodriguez

Special to The Daily

When I picked up “Little House on the Prairie,” I looked at the cover and really did not think it would be all that good. The people on the cover had expressions that looked really unhappy. I thought they may be miserable the whole time, but it turns out I was wrong.

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This book is actually one in a series of “Little House” books. Once I got past the slightly boring beginning, this book became glued to my hands. The action begins in the middle. Even when I tried to stop reading, I just couldn’t. I will claim this book as my favorite this year.

“Little House on the Prairie” has five main characters — Charles (Pa), Caroline (Ma), Laura, Mary and Carrie. Carrie is just a baby. Laura and Mary seem to be around my age, 11. All three siblings get along very well. I wish my brother and I could get along like they do.

The entire family does not live an easy life. They do not have the ability to just get in a car and go to the store. They have to wait until spring and then stock up on supplies. Throughout the book, the characters have great attitudes. They don’t complain about their lives, because they are happy.

This book offers different mood swings. The family travels through circumstances that lead them from happy to sad to scared and so forth. Most of the book is very exciting, but there are a few dull spots. I believe you find that in most books. A couple adventures that kept the book alive were Indians coming into the Ingalls home and the chimney catching fire. These things all happened when Pa traveled to buy supplies. Laura Ingalls Wilder explained in so much detail that I could see the pictures in my head.

I would recommend this book to any child or adult, because it is so interesting. The genre of “Little House on the Prairie” is realistic fiction, and Wilder wrote in such a way that I was able to see what actually happened to the people. I believe I could read this book a couple more times and still not get tired of it. I definitely think you should give it a try. I will be moving on to the next Laura Ingalls Wilder book.

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