- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Audio CD: 6 pages
- Publisher: HarperFestival; Unabridged edition (May 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061563056
- ISBN-13: 978-0061563058
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Little House On The Prairie Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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From the Back Cover
America's Original Pioneer Girl
Pa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house, and the family sets out for Indian country! They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas, and there, finally, Pa builds their little house on the prairie. Sometimes farm life is difficult, even dangerous, but Laura and her family are kept busy and happy with the promise of their new life on the prairie.
Little House on the Prairie is the second book in the Laura Years series.
About the Author
Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957) was born in a log cabin in the Wisconsin woods. With her family, she pioneered throughout America’s heartland during the 1870s and 1880s, finally settling in Dakota Territory. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885; their only daughter, Rose, was born the following year. The Wilders moved to Rocky Ridge Farm at Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, where they established a permanent home. After years of farming, Laura wrote the first of her beloved Little House books in 1932. The nine Little House books are international classics. Her writings live on into the twenty-first century as America’s quintessential pioneer story.
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You can certainly find the paperback version with the black and white illustrations more cheaply, but I wanted this particular version to read to my girls because I noted when I first started this series with them, the old fashioned language and concepts were hard to follow and they lost interests. The colored pictures seems to make the story more interesting for them, and they are more engaged. Not sure if this is really due to the pictures or completely random, but the book is beautifully done, and from a personal perspective, I really like it - I loved the series as a child, but had never seen the pictures in color - added a nice touch for me as the parent reading the book each night.
There are two versions of this book that are available for the Kindle. One, from HarperCollins, costs a little more ($6.99 as of this writing) but contains the beautiful Garth Williams illustrations. The other, from Reading Essentials, which I purchased, cost 99 cents but you only get the text -- NO illustrations. And the text is in all boldface and is improperly formatted in places, as if someone did a bad cut-and-paste job and didn't adjust the margins.
So if you just want the bare story, this is the one for you. You can't beat the price for just the words, and that keeps my rating from being just one star.
I started giving these books to my grandchild, and at first we read them together, then she started reading them on her own. Now, we watch the old television series together, and it brings back memories of our days reading together. We both love the television series as much as we do the books, they portray the life as it was. Maybe not as primitive, but certainly as children , they accept the hard work and the limited income the Wilder's have. This family is a superb e ample if a hapoy family, their ups and downs, and they have many, and the manger in which the family faces each obstacle. An excellent example of a true family life.
Don't listen to the people who say it's boring because it's definitely not. It just for older kids. Please don't make reviews saying "my 5 year old got bored" of course they would they're 5 at least wait till they can read on their own.
Kids 10+ it's great. Girls may like it more.
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The book I bought is particularly well worn given it is an ex library book but as described and in good condition given that it is ex- library book.
Even when walking our dog at the woods after it had been three weeks since we read it !