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[Error: unknown template qotd]Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Or any of the Little House books, but I thought I'd recomment the first one (especially since anyone who reads it will then want to go and read all the others!). Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 and wrote the Little House series based on her childhood in a pioneer family. The books are about herself, though she refers to herself in the third person.

I read it because I just found it mixed in with some books that were my mother's. This was about 4 or 5 years ago. The only bad thing is that I didn't read it sooner!

Date: 2009-04-26 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Have you seen the Little House on the Prairie tv series? Are the books similar at all?

Date: 2009-04-26 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've seen them (if you mean the 1970s series with Michael Landon?) and I like them very much but they are not really like the books... at all. And the books are a lot better!

Here are the similarities/differences:
* The TV series seems to be based more on On The Banks of Plum Creek which is the 3rd Little House book (though it doesn't really follow this either...)
* At various times in her life, Laura Ingalls Wilder live in a town. And she did at one point live in Walnut Grove, but not for as long as the TV series makes out.
* The characters from the books that also appear in the TV series: Laura and her family members (Albert was only put in the TV series for... I don't know what reason), Mr Edwards, Nellie and Willie Oleson (Their parents are only briefly mentioned in the books). The general overall personality of these characters are the same. Other characters are mentioned but not in detail, such as Teacher and various girls they spoke to when they went to school.
* All of the TV episodes are just made up plots to go with Laura's personality (except for the thing where she seems to fancy every bloody boy in the series) though some of them have reference to the book (mostly only the first few, because once she's a bit older, she didn't actually live there anymore).
* Ohyeah, she did actually marry Almanzo Wilder. Hence her name being Laura Ingalls Wilder.
* Mary did actually go blind. But she didn't go to blind school right away. She learned to help around the house, and also Laura comments in her book that she never complained or felt sorry for herself. Mary continued to travel with the family and Laura "acted as her eyes". When Laura became a school teacher, she was able to pay to send Mary to a school for the blind which was pretty far away and they didn't see her again for a long time. The TV series sort of glossed over that and then put her as a teacher in a blind school which is now suddenly in Walnut Grove because they wanted to keep her character in the series.

There's not really much the same except for various names of characters, Laura's tomboyish nature, and the fact that it's America in the late 1800s.

Date: 2009-04-26 09:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also, the TV series seems to be a series of dramatic plots. The books are more just about Laura's daily life as girl in the late 1800s. She writes about making cheese and maple sugar, and how her father would tell her stories at night, and how she wasn't afraid of the wolves outside as long as she was tucked in bed with Mary and her parents were there and her father's rifle was hanging over the door. And stuff like how she jumped on the straw stack her father made, and was jealous of Mary's 'golden' hair, and liked to paddle in the creek, and how she she wished she could be patient and well behaved like Mary, and she was embarrssed walking to school on her first day because her dress was too short and she didn't have shoes, and she sat in the front row with Mary and her feet didn't reach the ground.

Date: 2009-04-27 07:00 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That was the one I was refering to. I've always meant to read the books, but with a lot of other things, I just never got around to it. They're not very long books, are they?

Date: 2009-04-27 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Though it would probably help if I logged in.

Date: 2009-04-27 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No they're not, and I'm certain you'll love them. Seriously, out of everything I've ever read, they're still ym favourites!


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