As the title suggests, setting is extremely important in this novel; the cabin, the woods, the wild animals, and the isolation are all...

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Literary Qualities

Little House in the Big Woods begins like a fairy tale. Within a few lines, the narrator reveals a strong sense of her audience as...

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Social Sensitivity

For generations, librarians, parents, and teachers have recommended the Little House books as wholesome fare for young readers. Many readers...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Anderson, William. “The Literary Apprenticeship of Laura Ingalls Wilder.” South Dakota History 13 (Winter, 1983): 285-331.

Erisman, Fred. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 1994.

Mac Bride, Roger Lea. New Dawn on Rocky Ridge. Illustrated by David Gilleece. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.

Spaeth, Janet. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Boston: Twayne, 1987.

Walner, Alexandra. Laura Ingalls Wilder. New York: Holiday House, 1997.

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Topics for Discussion

1. How do you think Ma and Pa want Laura and Mary to act as little girls? How do you think they want them to be as adults? What do Ma and Pa...

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Talk to an older person in your family or neighborhood about what he or she did as a child. Talk about fun and games or about working and...

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Related Titles / Adaptations

Little House in the Big Woods is the first the eight books in the Little House series. In Little House on the Prairie, the...

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For Further Reference

Anderson, William T. "'It Is Better Farther On': Laura Ingalls Wilder Fol- lowed Her Western Vision to the Little Houses on the Prairie."...

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