Sunday 11 July 2004

Little House On The Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1953)

Finally finished reading this book by Laura Ingalls Wilder aloud to the kids. In terms of a children's story, I found it to be a bit of a slog. Not very entertaining compared to something from Roald Dahl but that's just me.

However, it's a great snippet of history and provides a charming account of frontier life. The narrative is simple and clear. Most important, it held the children's attention and gave them a glimpse at how different life was back then. That itself opens up all kind of conversations. We had a good talk about the conquest of America and treatment of native people.

Very good websites dedicated to this story can be found here and here.

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