Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My First Little House Books

What do James Herriot's Treasury for Children, Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! and My First Little House Books have in common? These are the books about which Shannon and I are in complete agreement. When we occasionally purge her bookshelf, neither of us can bear to part with these. They are the hold-overs from her younger years that I can clearly see her, and myself, reading to her children someday.

The James Herriot book is a delightful collection of animal stories. Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! is a hilarious look at a mother's resolve to maintain patience...until eventually she doesn't. And the My First Little House Books are snippets from Laura Ingalls Wilder's classics. Each book feels like a little jewel. The illustrations are so soft and cozy and inviting that we long to fall into each story...

I think every little one should have these on their bookshelf. There are over a dozen titles in the series, including:

Christmas in the Big Woods
County Fair
Dance at Grandpa's
The Deer in the Wood
Going to Town
Going West
A Little House Birthday
A Little Prairie House
Prairie Day
Sugar Snow
Summertime in the Big Woods
Winter Days in the Big Woods
Winter on the Farm

Ages 4-8

Activity: Can you help Laura pack the covered wagon with the correct belongings? Be careful, some of these items Laura has never even seen.


  1. Thanks so much. What a great blog you have. We will definitely be doing the activity.

  2. The Little House series of books was primarily based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's childhood. Her daughter, Rose, served as her inspiration to write the books. Laura Ingalls Wilder writes her books brilliantly. Actually, she can be realistic and vivid, as shown by her work in "The Long Winter.” If you have read it, I'm sure you’ll know what I mean.