What is the theme of Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder?

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Little House on the Prairie follows author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family as they move to the Kansas prairie. Family is the predominant theme of both this book and all others in the Little House series. Throughout the story, the Ingalls struggle to survive as they cross the country in a covered wagon, build a house, fear the threat of local Native Americans, combat a prairie fire, and contract malaria, or “fever ’n’ ague" as it was known in the story.

These hardships would have been enough to drive many a family to despair, but the Ingalls family relied on and supported one another through each trial and tribulation. Neighbors and side characters appear in the story from time to time, and they often help the Ingalls when possible, but the primary theme remains the Ingalls family.

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