Series: Little House #2
Reading Challenges: #LittleHouseRAL
A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a fire. Includes a detailed account of how the novel was written and published.
I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first book. Each of the chapters and stories were written a little better than the first one which showed the author’s confidence and writing skills had improved. These chapters were easier to read as well. Like the first book, Wilder describes how many things are made or built, so that was still interesting to read especially the “little house.”
One of my critiques, if you can call it that, from the first book, was that baby Carrie was rarely mentioned causing me to forget about her most of the time. However, this time that was not the case – Wilder made sure to mention her frequently and I’m sure that had to do will the baby becoming more likely a toddler and more active. This allowed all three girls to play together and be together and allowed the reader to see them all together – which I enjoyed reading about. I can just imagine how the future stories will be.
I was not expecting the Indians in the story, so when the first Indian arrived and just came into the house and pretty much demanded the cornbread and tobacco I was little scared. Each time that an Indian or Indians arrived to the Ingalls home was scary because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen and I didn’t want the family to be hurt in any way. (spoiler ahead) As much as I thought this prairie was THE PRAIRIE I was very happy that they were moving and was hoping they wouldn’t have many if any issues with Indians in the future.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series, which I believe is about Almanzo Wilder – the future Mr. Laura Ingalls. I am also looking forward to the rest of the books in the series and the tails of the prairie.