Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote a whole series of books about her life in the 1800’s (there is a TV show called Little House on the Prairie that is based on these books, and so far I’ve watched one episode. I want to watch some more!). The first book is called Little House in the Big Woods. Its about a little girl named Laura who lives in the woods in Wisconsin with her Ma, Pa, older sister Mary, and baby sister Carrie.
Laura tells all kinds of stories about her life. Mostly about how they lived back then: how Pa had to kill pigs and deer for their food, and how they used every single little bit of the animals and didn’t waste a bit. They used every part: some for food, some to make clothes or shoes, and some to trade at the store. Every week they made their own butter from the milk they got from their cows. Ma sewed all of their clothes and Pa made them little toys out of wood. They made their own cheese and even maple syrup!
They would play games and tell stories at night, and sometimes Pa would play his fiddle for the girls. Sometimes they would pile up in their wagon and go visit their cousins or grandparents and one time they even went to a real town — Laura had never been to a store or a town before (the man who owned the store gave them lollypops, and Laura was so amazed, she couldn’t even say thank you).
My favorite part was that Mary had her own doll, but Laura didn’t. Instead, she had a piece of corn in a corn husk that she pretended was a doll. That made me laugh!
Life was hard in the big woods and they all worked hard all year long, but sometimes they had fun, too. Laura’s grandparents had a dance at their house one time, and everyone had a great time watching grandma doing a jig!
The next book is called Farmer Boy (I already started reading this one), and it is about Laura’s future husband Almonzo, growing up on a farm. He eats so much!