As I look back on my childhood, one thing I know for sure is that I was always reading (hence the title of this blog). I can remember a Christmas morning about 11 or 12 years ago when I received the complete set of the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the series called The Little House on the Prairie. The story follows the author through her childhood and adult life, as well as a spin-off story featuring her future husband, Almanzo. The series has nine books: Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, and These Happy Golden Years.
Laura starts out as a young girl in Minnesota. As she grows up, her family moves around to look for suitable land to farm and she gets to experience a lot of new places and people. She has her Ma and Pa and her sisters Mary, Carey, and Grace. Along with new places and people, Laura experiences a lot of hardships and trials that make her what she becomes later in life. She experiences things like the death of her dog, her sister going blind, and numerous things that happen on the farm. The books are easy to read and really tell a great story.
Along with being a historical novel (my favorite), the books are also factual and informative. In them, you learn a lot of historical facts, like how to churn butter or how to cross a river with your covered wagon pulled by horses. While you may never need to know these things, it’s still interesting to know if you are a history buff like me. If you have the time, I recommend reading the Little House on the Prairie series, especially if you love historical novels.