The Little House Collection Color Box Set

The Little House Collection Color Box Set


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This five-book paperback box set of the classic series features Garth Williams's illustrations in gorgeous full color.

The books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s real childhood as an American pioneer and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.

Little House in the Big Woods

Wolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the 1870s. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her own cheese and butter. All night long, the wind howls lonesomely, but Pa plays the fiddle and sings, keeping the family safe and cozy.

Farmer Boy

As Laura Ingalls is growing up in a little house in Kansas, Almanzo Wilder lives on a big farm in New York. He and his brothers and sisters work hard from dawn to supper to help keep their family farm running. Almanzo wishes for just one thing—his very own horse—but he must prove that he is ready for such a big responsibility.

Little House on the Prairie

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 are happy with the promise of their new life on the prairie.

On the Banks of Plum Creek

Laura's family's first home in Minnesota is made of sod, but Pa builds a clean new house made of sawed lumber beside Plum Creek. The money for materials will come from their first wheat crop. Then, just before the wheat is ready to harvest, a strange glittering cloud fills the sky, blocking out the sun. Soon millions of grasshoppers cover the field and everything on the farm. In a week's time, there is no wheat crop left at all.

By the Shores of Silver Lake

Pa Ingalls heads west to the unsettled wilderness of the Dakota Territory. When Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and baby Grace join him, they become the first settlers in the town of De Smet. And Pa begins work on the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the shores of Silver Lake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060754280
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/12/2004
Series: Little House Series
Edition description: BOXED
Pages: 1648
Sales rank: 59,344
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 4.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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.

Garth Williams is the renowned illustrator of almost one hundred books for children, including the beloved Stuart Little by E. B. White, Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

He was born in 1912 in New York City but raised in England. He founded an art school near London and served with the British Red Cross Civilian Defense during World War II. Williams worked as a portrait sculptor, art director, and magazine artist before doing his first book Stuart Little, thus beginning a long and lustrous career illustrating some of the best known children's books.

In addition to illustrating works by White and Wilder, he also illustrated George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square and its sequels (Farrar Straus Giroux). He created the character and pictures for the first book in the Frances series by Russell Hoban (HarperCollins) and the first books in the Miss Bianca series by Margery Sharp (Little, Brown). He collaborated with Margaret Wise Brown on her Little Golden Books titles Home for a Bunny and Little Fur Family, among others, and with Jack Prelutsky on two poetry collections published by Greenwillow: Ride a Purple Pelican and Beneath a Blue Umbrella. He also wrote and illustrated seven books on his own, including Baby Farm Animals (Little Golden Books) and The Rabbits’ Wedding (HarperCollins).

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1867

Date of Death:

February 10, 1957

Place of Birth:

Pepin, Wisconsin

Place of Death:

Mansfield, Missouri

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The Little House Collection Box Set (Full Color)

Chapter One

Little House
In The Big Woods

0nce upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs.

The great, dark trees of the Big Woods stood all around the house, and beyond them were other trees and beyond them were more trees. As far as a man could go to the north in a day, or a week, or a whole month, there was nothing but woods. There were no houses.

There were no roads. There were no people. There were only trees and the wild animals who had their homes among them.

Wolves lived in the Big Woods, and bears, and huge wild cats. Muskrats and mink and otter lived by the streams. Foxes had dens in the hills and deer roamed everywhere.

To the east of the little log house, and to the west, there were miles upon miles of trees, and only a few little log houses scattered far apart in the edge of the Big Woods.

So far as the little girl could see, there was only the one little house where she lived with her father and mother, her sister Mary and baby sister Carrie. A wagon track ran before the house, turning and twisting out of sight in the woods where the wild animals lived, but the little girl did not know where it went, nor what might be at the end of it.

The little girl was named Laura and she called her father, Pa, and her mother, Ma. In those days and in that place, children did not say Father and Mother, nor Mamma and Papa, as they do now.

At night, when Laura lay awake in the trundle bed, she listened and could not hear anything at all but the sound of the trees whispering together. Sometimes, far away in the night, a wolf howled. Then he came nearer, and howled again.

It was a scary sound. Laura knew that wolves would eat little girls. But she was safe inside the solid log walls. Her father's gun hung over the door and good old Jack, the brindle bulldog, lay on guard before it. Her father would say:

"Go to sleep, Laura. Jack won't let the wolves in." So Laura snuggled under the covers of the trundle bed, close beside Mary, and went to sleep.

One night her father picked her up out of bed and carried her to the window so that she might see the wolves. There were two of them sitting in front of the house. They looked like shaggy dogs. They pointed their noses at the big, bright moon, and howled.

Jack paced up and down before the door, growling. The hair stood up along his back and he showed his sharp, fierce teeth to the wolves. They howled, but they could not get in.

The house was a comfortable house. Upstairs there was a large attic, pleasant to play in when the rain drummed on the roof Downstairs was the small bedroom, and the big room. The bedroom had a window that closed with a wooden shutter. The big room had two windows with glass in the panes, and it had two doors, a front door and a back door.

All around the house was a crooked rail fence, to keep the bears and the deer away.

In the yard in front of the house were two beautiful big oak trees. Every morning as soon as she was awake Laura ran to look out of the window, and one morning she saw in each of the big trees a dead deer hanging from a branch.

Pa had shot the deer the day before and Laura had been asleep when he brought them home at night and hung them high in the trees so the wolves could not get the meat.

That day Pa and Ma and Laura and Mary had fresh venison for dinner. It was so good that Laura wished they could eat it all. But most of the meat must be salted and smoked and packed away to be eaten in the winter.

For winter was coming. The days were shorter, and frost crawled up the window panes at night. Soon the snow would come. Then the log house would be almost buried in snowdrifts, and the lake and the streams would freeze. In the bitter cold weather Pa could not be sure of finding any wild game to shoot for meat.

The bears would be hidden away in their dens where they slept soundly all winter long. The squirrels would be curled in their nests in hollow trees, with their furry tails wrapped snugly around their noses. The deer and the rabbits would be shy and swift. Even if Pa could get a deer, it would be poor and thin, not fat and plump as deer are in the fall.

Pa might hunt alone all day in the bitter cold, in the Big Woods covered with snow, and come home at night with nothing for Ma and Mary and Laura to eat.

So as much food as possible must be stored away in the little house before winter came.

Pa skinned the deer carefully and salted and stretched the hides, for he would make soft leather of them. Then he cut up the meat, and sprinkled salt over the pieces as he laid them on a board.

Standing on end in the yard was a tall length cut from the trunk of a big hollow tree. Pa had driven nails inside as far as he could reach from each end. Then he stood it up, put a little roof over the top, and cut a little door on one side near the bottom. On the piece that he cut out he fastened leather hinges; then he fitted it into place, and that was the little door, with the bark still on it.

After the deer meat had been salted several days, Pa cut a hole near the end of each piece and put a string through it. Laura watched him do this , and then she watched him hang the meat on the nails in the hollow log.

The Little House Collection Box Set (Full Color). Copyright © by Laura Wilder. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful series. Enjoyed it as a child, loved reading it to my daughter and now looking forward to reading it to my granddaughter.
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 'Little House' series is a charming series of novels depicting more-or-less the factual journey of the Ingalls family from the 'Big Woods' of Wisconsin to the praries in Dakota. The stories are sweet and unaffected with slight, subtle humor intermixed. Wilder's retelling of her own life story as well as she can remember it is written in a style that feels very juvenile. As such, one gets the idea that the stories were perhaps written to appeal to children, but in their simplicity, both children and adults can enjoy the accounts of the westward travelers. From the first chapter of Little House in the Big Woods, Wilder is frank about certain dangers that the family faced, while showing that despite the difficulty of life on the frontier, people still went about their lives and found things to enjoy. Since Laura herself was so young in the telling of this story, the events shown are limited, but the stories are quaint and sweet and highlight the simplicity of the time in the post-civil war days.Little House on the Prairie continues the story, telling what life was like when the family moved into 'Indian Country' in Kansas. It is interesting to read the story and read how they perceived the natives at the time, what their interactions were like and how they remembered the events. What was normal for that time would now probably end up in court for a case of discrimination. It also provides an interesting picture of what a mess it really was for those traveling west to try to find a homested and settle in on a claim. Without the proper paperwork, a family could end up having to uproot and move along. Sometimes it happened even with the proper paperwork. The Ingalls had to move along from there quickly and their leaving concludes the second book of the series. The style continues in a very simple fashion from the first book, possibly still because Wilder is writing the story of her young childhood which may affect how she herself perceived the time.The next story in the series is an interesting departure. Instead of telling the next chapter of Laura's life, it tells a bit of Almanzo's. The Wilder family is different than the Ingalls family somewhat. The family at this point of the story is still in New York State and that provides a different picture of life than that of life on the prairie frontier. It gives us a little idea of who this Almanzo Wilder is, too, before he reappears later in the story. Of all the stories, I enjoyed this one, but it was my least favorite because of its departure from the story of Laura's family. It feels like an interjection rather than being a part of a chronological telling of the story. All the same, the characters in it are interesting and I felt like I was actually there thanks to the descriptions within. It's a good story that just doesn't seem like a true part of the book series.On the Banks of Plum Creek is possibly one of the more interesting tales of the family's journeys. The live in a dugout, deal with blizzards and wild animals, but also have neighbors and a town close enough to visit when the weather isn't too bad. The cast of characters changes slightly because of the nearby town and suddenly life seems to be more than just about the Ingalls family. I liked the storytelling, too. Laura doesn't claim that she was a model child, or even that her sister Mary, though better behaved, was a model child. The two squabble, they struggle with tempers, jealousy, greed, temptation... normal human afflictions. I felt like I was a part of the lives of the people in the story, so alive they came off of the page. At the beginning of the fifth book in the series, the family is moving yet again. Mary is blinded thanks to a bad bout with scarlet fever, so the lives of the Ingalls family are changed forever. They take their first train ride, the girls meet the first rough men in their memories and the family finally finds a place to settle down for good. It is a well-told story, but the events that hap
Wanderlust_Lost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stories for children of 7 or 8 the Little House series is an easy read and their sweet, innocent, but still sometimes serious themes are a good start for kids before they launch into properly serious kids books.I love this series and they were among my favourites as a little girl. What girl doesn't love Little House?I'd recommend these to children everywhere.
jglovesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Laura and her family's journey is catalogued in this wonderful series. There are even cute black and white illustrations, which I enjoyed when my mom read me Little House in the Big Woods when I was five. I was able to read the rest of the series on my own, and I still enjoyed every page.
elaine58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorite series, I was actually not interested in these as a child; however, I came to appreciate them as I read the entire series to my own children.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the few sets of books that I have read multiple times. The Little House books are some of the first that actually interested me. I can still remember reading them in the car when we went to visit Desmet, SD when I was around 8 or 9.
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I found that the books were not in the condition that I personally wanted. I had some smudges in the books when I took them out of the delivery box. I was not impressed with the quality of the books. Other than that, the company's delivery service has left me satisfied. I had ordered some other books at another store in my own country. Those books took longer to arrive than my Barnes & Noble books which were from overseas! So, overall, the only downside for me in buying my collection from Barnes & Noble is the smudges in my books. I like my books to be in perfect condition because I spent a great deal of money on them. Thankyou Barnes & Noble for providing me with much happiness in reading the books though. The words in the books are still the same to me as I had read it as a young child at school. I've always loved the books and have enjoyed learning more about what life was like in the 19th century. Following the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder through these books has still left me staying up late at night reading her adventures. She is a wonderful woman with a wonderful life story. The best thing about reading this series is that I know the details are precise and are real. Every adventure in the book are real. I know this because the author is the girl in the book! It is definitely a joy to read her books. The actual collection is a real collector's edition as it has fine paper with coloured pictures to aid in understanding the story. The large words is wonderful for youngsters to read as it is easier with larger sized words. I definitely recommend this series for girls aged 8-12 who love to read and learn about life in the olden days and of other girls. Boys can read this series too but may not enjoy it as much as girls because the book is from a girl's point of view.
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I had the set as a child and loved them they were my favorite books growing up. I probably read every single one at least three times. I would highly recommend these books as the teach morals as well as history.