Little House in the Big Woods is a book about home and family. The family we almost all know through not just the amazing book series but also the beloved TV series Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983).
The main character through whom we see the story unfold is the author herself, Laura, a small child at first who depicts her upbringing in this first book. A primitive but rich life in a little house quite isolated far out in a vast forest. Laura observes (and occasionally helps) as her parents do all the things we today take for granted being able to buy. He hunts and farms and builds and crafts as she cooks and cleans and so on.
I read the series as a kid and always loved it, no matter how often I reread the books. Rereading the first again, it was hard not to go straight to the library and borrow the rest of the books. They are simple in writing I suppose, but the detail of the life is stunning. It pulls me in every time and makes me want to try this simple but rich life in so many ways we cannot imagine today. Imagine making everything simple thing you eat or wear or live in yourself. In a world spinning out of control filled with digital devices it's not hard to be attracted to simpler times.
The book is short and sweet and a never fading classic that children (and adults!) today can still enjoy.
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House #1
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
238 pages / published in 1901
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2014