12 hours ago
Friday, March 6, 2015
Into the Woods
Published: 1971 by Harper Trophy
First Published: 1932
Series: Little House #1
I'm not sure how many times I've read the Little House books, but I do remember reading them for the first time in 3rd grade. They weren't the first historical fiction books I really got into (Those would be the American Girl books), nor do I consider them my all-time favorite (that would be the Betsy-Tacy books), but even so, I still have a very found place in my heart for these.
It is interesting reading these now. One of the biggest things I'm realizing is that there isn't actually a plot. Instead it's full of little anecdotes tied together. It doesn't seem like the type of thing that would capture a child's interest, and yet clearly it does, especially since there's certain parts I recalled so clearly.
One of my strongest memories of this book is the butchering story, when Laura and Mary play catch with a pig's bladder. I'm not quite sure why, maybe because I was a little grossed out as well as fascinated? Although I didn't realize till I started the book that it's the first chapter, so I'm sure that has something to do with it. I guess that's one way to capture a kid's interest, right?
In slightly less gory detail, I always loved the maple sugar dance. Again for some reason the part where Laura meets another Laura Ingalls is something that I've always remembered. Maybe because the idea of meeting someone with my own name was unbelievable? Or just that it's coincidental in a way that with so few people in Laura's world, there's still someone with her name?
I definitely loved getting transported back into my childhood with this, and am really looking forward to rereading the whole series. I would probably list Little Town on the Prairie as my favorite of the series, which means I have quite a few more to read before getting there!
Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!