Little House on the Prairie is one of those books that I have loved throughout my childhood. I’ve read through the series a few times and every time I do I find myself loving it more. There is something so sweet and timeless about this book that make it a classic.
Things I Love About This Book:
- The beauty in the simple things – I love how every, little treat is made precious in the eyes of young Laura and Mary. It really teaches you to appreciate what you have and notice the simple things.
- The descriptions of pioneer life – I love how this book neither completely idealizes pioneer living, but it doesn’t paint it in a completely awful light. It encompasses that perfect balance of showing the hardships and displaying what an awesome experience it must of been to be a pioneer.
- The Lessons – Let’s all admit it, some books are way too heavy-handed with their morals. A good book is not one that is constantly shoving the moral in your face. A good books is one that displays the morals in a way that is natural and subtle. This book is on the line for me. Sometimes the lessons are a little heavy-handed, but then they’re not. I don’t exactly know how to describe it. I think, within the context of the book, that the lessons are perfect for where they are, and the style of writing throughout the book. The lessons fit perfectly.
What I Don’t Love:
- The explaining in awkward places – Sometimes there is too much description in this book. I love all of the descriptions, but sometimes it feels more like a history book than a novel and it breaks up the flow of the plot.
I love this book and I probably always will. It’s sweet and has influenced me in my love of history. I give this book five stars, of course. 😉