This is how we party at my house on a Friday night.
This is how we party at my house on a Friday night.
No pigeon will be allowed to disturb my reading, not on Daisy's watch. Action shot 📷
I should mention that the pigeons are less annoying than her barking at the pigeons.
Charity book shopping for my niece. But I'm going to read Little House myself first. Although after buying it I remembered it's not actually the first book in the series, but hopefully it can be read standalone.
#LittleHouse my review of this book! Hugely enjoying this read along
3✨ A lot happened in this book so narrowing it down is not easy. Pa decided they needed to move, so they they packed all their things up and went into “Indian territory”. They had a lot of close calls in not getting seriously hurt, and a lot of other situations were terrifying! They are definitely tougher than I am.
4⭐️ I really enjoyed it and the slower nature of reading it through a #readalong really helps to appreciate what was going at that time in American history. I have ancestors who lived in the Nebraska/Kansas area at around the same time period as the Ingalls family, but I believe they came a bit later. One of my many times great-grandma‘s was born in Nebraska. #2023 #fiction #childrenslit #middlegrade #littlehouse #bookreview #bookstagram
I wish I had read this book as a child, when it would have seemed magical. As an adult, what I mainly felt was petrified, as the Ingalls family faced one peril after another. But the story is fascinating, despite the fact that I think Ma and Pa Ingalls made some unwise decisions that imperiled their family needlessly. ⬇️
Tomorrow we begin On the Banks of Plum Creek!
We follow the Ingalls family on their way to settle on the Prairie and build their life. We encounter wolves, other settlers, the Osage nation, and disaster along the way!
It‘s been fascinating reading the #LittleHouse series for the first time. I‘ve read so much controversy about whether these beloved but problematic children‘s classics should still be read/taught, given the colonialism and racism woven throughout the story. And boy, did this feel one-sided in its characterizations of the indigenous people, as well as the settlers‘ attitude of entitlement as they settled on land that wasn‘t theirs. ⤵️
Little House on the Prairie closes with the Ingalls family loading up their wagon and leaving their new home behind. Even though the next book is Plum Creek, we know they went back to the cabin in the big woods for a period of time. My immediate family always stayed in place and I often wondered (and still do at times) what it‘s like to strike out for parts unknown. Perhaps subconsciously this was part of my draw to these adventures.
And so the Ingalls finally learn that Washington is not yet going to order the Natives off the land and they will be required to leave. Pa chooses to leave on his own rather than be forced out by soldiers. Ma laments the wasted year. But Pa brushes it off. Would you feel more like Ma or Pa?
Laura finally sees a papoose. She had a lot of big feelings about it.
I‘m curious where the Natives were headed. I‘m imagining changing camps for the season.
Finished early. Classic children‘s literature that, despite its flaws, can still be used today to teach children history. #LittleHouse
What were your thoughts on today‘s chapter?
Me, looking around to see if the Ingalls have survived their latest catastrophe. Nature is amazing, how all the animals ran to the water. I appreciated Pa speaking up for the Indians after Mr Scott‘s harsh words.
While I do love the Ingalls, I‘d be lying to say I don‘t feel a bit of a vindicated thrill for the Native Americans that the squatters are hearing they won‘t be able to stay. The joy is short lived knowing this is still yet another treaty that will be broken.
I remembered the panther story but not how it started and I thought this was going to be like a Banshee. A panther! More danger! I loved how the Indian found a way to communicate with Pa to keep both their families safe.
Side note: I‘ve only ever heard that song as Peas Porridge Hot, not beans. What about you?
BEST. CHAPTER. EVER. Laura and Mary‘s anxiety about the many things keeping Santa from coming is such a reminder of Christmas Eves past. What an incredible neighbor Mr Edwards is!
Like the Ingalls family we‘ve had a winter filled with brown grass and cold rain. We finally got a bit of snow today, and we got to the Christmas chapter in the Little House chapter a day. I‘m feeling cozy!
While there were parts of this chapter I didn‘t care for, such as Ma‘s attitude toward the Native Americans, I appreciated Pa‘s interaction with the Native who came into their cabin, his attitude about the trail, and the discussion he and Laura had at the end of the chapter. I think this is the closest Wilder has gotten to questioning the history and imagine it was fairly progressive at the time she wrote the book.
A lot happened in this chapter but not the disaster we‘ve come to expect with Pa gone. Jack was so protective. That wind was crazy. I can‘t imagine what Pa went through to get home. Again, I would have been ready to give up. I could have done without Mrs Scott‘s racist comments. This is definitely another opportunity to discuss racism with young readers and also the govt‘s continual broken treaties with Native tribes.
As @Bookwormjillk commented on the last chapter, it‘s just one disaster after another. Today the chimney catches on fire and Laura saves the day. I was a little surprised Ma didn‘t make Mary and Carrie come out of the house. At this point I‘d be telling Pa I‘m ready to head back to civilization. Then, as a reminder of just how far away they are Ma wants to write a letter to family and says “If you mail a letter now, they can write this winter,👇🏻
My apologies for late post from yesterday.
I honestly didn‘t recall this chapter. Despite knowing the outcome, I was truly terrified for the entire Ingalls family. I was worried sick for Mary when Laura was crawling to bring her water. Another stark reminder how isolated they were. How lucky the doctor and Mrs Scott happened along.
Yes there are other things we can discuss in this chapter, but can we pause for a minute to discuss Mary. Is she really this good hearted or is she being a goody two shoes? Baby Carrie doesn‘t even know what the beads are. Why does Ma frequently make them give up what little they have to share with Carrie and end up with nothing? And by today‘s standards can we say “choking hazard?!” I feel bad for saying it but I‘d want to slap Mary too.
Though there were probably many days that were the same one after another in the long stretch of prairie, this chapter is a reminder that on any given day adventure could happen. I‘d forgotten this chapter & find it interesting. Pa is always finding some different way to be resourceful. You have to wonder how much of this he actually knew anything about & how much he just winged it. He believed he could so he did. He really had to for his family.
Another scary chapter that could have turned out quite badly. A reminder how so many things they had to accomplish were risky. I was glad to see Ma finally stand up & tell Pa not to take the risk. Though I understand why he felt compelled to help I was left wondering again what on Earth Ma & the girls would do if it went bad. I continue to wonder if they had discussed this & had a plan or ignored the danger in hopes nothing bad would befall them.
The Native people the Ingalls encountered in today‘s chapter were the Osage. Ballerina Maria Tallchief was Osage (video: https://youtu.be/0y_tWR07F7Y). A brief intro on the Osage for kids: https://www.ducksters.com/history/native_americans/osage_nation.php. Pictured is current Osage Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear (https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/who-we-are/biographies/executive/principal-chief-geoffrey-standing-bear).
“It would never do to lose or waste a nail.”
I don‘t know about you, but it seems every time we do a home project we pick up little items like this without even checking to see we already have tons at home. This reminded me in an even deeper way how different things are now. I‘m also curious everyone‘s opinion on why Laura would like to see a Native American baby so much.
I skipped yesterday‘s post as the chapter was just an explanation about building the door. All we can say about that is thank heavens! Even though todays chapter is about building the fireplace I chose this picture because I think it‘s the epitome of differences between Laura and Mary. What were your thoughts as you read yesterday and today?
This chapter was terrifying. It could have gone so badly. What would Ma and the girls have done? Has Pa talked to her about what to do? What would they do without their horses if something happened? This shows me how much braver Ma and Pa were than me. I would be too afraid to make this journey without a group.
A couple things that stood out to me in this chapter. First, how long it would take for family to hear news of you. I always thought the same thing about immigrants from Europe in the old days and admired the willingness to strike out on your own knowing how cut off you‘d be from family. Second, I find Pa‘s proclamation that he‘ll always be content there a bit laughable. He seems like such a restless soul who will always want to be on the go.
All I can say for this chapter is: I CANNOT IMAGINE BUILDING MY OWN HOUSE!
Catch up post from yesterday. I noted a few things from this chapter. First, I recalled as a child how enthralled I was by gophers after reading this chapter! 😂 Second, Ma‘s being Ma making sure everything is clean, tidy, & just right even without a roof over their heads. Third, Ma‘s prejudice and the teachable moments this chapter provides. Why is Ma prejudice? What can young people learn about US history as they read this chapter? More👇🏻
Many of us had very strong opinions yesterday about Pa taking the family alone on such a dangerous venture. I think I would have been frozen in fear. I didn‘t panic about Jack though because I knew he made a comeback. I‘m so glad Pa didn‘t shoot him. That would have been even worse. What did everyone think of this chapter? Can Pa do anything to redeem himself?
There was a stretch when I would read the whole series and then start all over again. #sundayfunday
I just don‘t think I‘m made of the tough stuff Ma is. I just don‘t think this life would be for me. I don‘t think I realized how much danger they were in when I read this as a child. It seemed like a great adventure. As a parent, I realize the risks they took at every turn. What were your thoughts as you read this chapter?
#LittleHouse on the Prairie: Chapter 1 already finds us packing up and on the move from the big woods of Wisconsin to the prairie of Kansas. What were your observations as we begin a new journey with Laura and the Ingalls family?
The #LittleHouse buddy read continues with the 3rd in the series beginning Jan 14. All are welcome!
📚 Little House
✍️ Laura Ingalls Wilder
🎥 Little Fockers
🎤 Lauren Daigel
#manicmonday #letterL @CBee
Just wrote a blog post about my latest book haul! http://littlethriftybee.blogspot.com/2022/10/library-used-book-haul.html
A day late for #TravelTuesday
When I think of Kansas books Wizard of Oz and Little House definitely come to mind!
I loved visiting Monument Rocks in Kansas. What a cool feature of nature.
1. Little House on the Prairie of course!
2. A friend of mine works at the Cowtown Museum in Wichita, and that sounds like an interesting place to visit.
T another book read from the list of cottage core books I compiled!
To continue my cottage core theme.
Censorship is alive and well in our schools.