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Little House in the Big Woods is a novel written by Laura Ingalls Wilder about her adventures as a very young girl living in the "Big Woods" of Wisconsin in the 1870's. The book is the first in a series that Wilder wrote about growing up as a pioneer girl in the late 1800's. The most famous book of the series, Little House on the Prairie, was made into a popular TV show in the 1970's, one that actually portrayed the events of many of the books in the series.
There is no plot summary to relate, in the sense that the novel does not present a problem to solve or other complication which lasts the length of the book. Rather it is episodic, in that it relates events that come and go in Laura and her family's life as the seasons go by. Most of the description of the book concerns the daily life of a pioneer family -- tasks such as housework, making and storing food, hunting and farming are all part of the story.
One of the book's main appeals has always been the understanding of and feeling about the life of the pioneer family in the late 1870's, a picture that Laura Ingalls Wilder paints so vividly. For more on this book, please follow the links to the Entoes Study Guide below.
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