Sunday, July 29, 2012

Little House on the Prairie

Classic Summer Reading
I hope you had a great week and weekend.  Since we last met here at willowday, my family has been divided: as far south as Florida, as far north as Canada and some of us, between the two. Joining again to compare stories is as fun as the travels, don't you agree? I am so happy to hear from you and hope that you, too, are enjoying a Summer schedule that moves like molasses at times. I'm thankful that I don't have tough press deadlines; only travel pauses, which bring the chance to connect with you.

Top Left: During our Minneapolis visit, we crossed the Mississippi River, while listening to Laura,  of Little House on the Prairie on CD, recall how they left the Big Woods to make a Winter ice crossing of this big river for the prairie. This reading gave covered wagon crossings a whole new meaning.
Left: Make Rock Candy, like Laura's with this recipe and tutorial.
Right: This is a map, taken in Pepin, at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, of Laura's travels.
When we visited Minneapolis, two weeks ago, we made a detour to the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead Museum on the Mississippi in Pepin, WI. I had started reading the Little House in the Big Woods to the kids a while back, but, had to put a lot of theatrical reading into it to keep their interest. The museum visit and crossing was the hook. I'm now packing my childhood "Little House "collection for us to read when we return to Sweden.

At the museum,  I read an excerpt from an interview with Laura Ingalls Wilder in 1947. Ingalls Wilder wrote: "although life is much different now, the real things haven't changed. It's still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have, to be happy with the simple pleasures and to be cheerful and to have courage when things go wrong."I appreciate this timeless statement.

What's been on your children's Summer list? Are you reading classics or new? Do you follow reading lists or go to the library? We'd love to hear from you with any tips or suggestions for readers between ages 7-11. Unpacking books are like treasures, when we return.

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  1. Lisa in Monaco but now in Sweden :-)July 30, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    Love, love, love LIW Little House books and hoped my children would also. So far they haven't been very interested in them (they are 8 and 9) but I will keep trying!!

    1. It's so nice to hear from you. I hope Sweden has been good to you this Summer. Aren't these books just gems! I hope you find something that hooks your children, too.

      As we've listened to the 2nd book in the series (Little House on the Prairie) while I was on a road trip with the kids, I was just amazed at the description and details in her writing. Wishing you the best in Sweden!

  2. The Little House book series was my favorite as a child. My mother's family is originally from Sweden but settled in North Dakota (we now reside in Seattle, Wa). My oldest daughter, now 18, loved watching the series on TV at age 2 and 3. She just wasn't into any cartoons. I have now bought her the DVD's to take to college :)

    I am currently reading "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate". I highly recommend it!

    1. Thank you for sharing. I can imagine how you, too, have special connections to these books! Thank you so much for the book recommendation! We're just back in Sweden and I'm always surprised how Swedish it feels and how far away our American books feel! Thank goodness Amazon UK now delivers for free to Sweden! Happy August.


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