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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

Little House in the Big Woods (Little House Series: Classic Stories #1)

Little House in the Big Woods  - Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams 3.5/5I read the Little House books as a kid. For whatever reason I never liked them. I decided to give it another shot as an adult. I’m so glad I did. I can definitely see how the books could be considered ‘boring’. The story isn’t a big one. It’s just a year of the Ingalls’ life. Despite the lack of a larger story line, there is something that’s undeniably charming about the books.For me, I think the fact that this was an honest look into Laura and her family’s life was what made me like it. If the book had just been a work of pure historical fiction, I would have liked it okay. I would know that people lived like that but never would have been truly connected to the story. Since this was a mostly (all?) autobiographical story, I enjoyed the story so much more. Laura, Mary, Ma, Pa, and baby Carrie were real people. What I’m reading about happened in some shape or form. That really brings the story home. I do wonder why Wilder chose to write the story in 3rd person though. I would have loved to hear the story in first person.The little stories in each chapter worked pretty well for me. They’re pretty quick but enjoyable. Even though each chapter was a stand alone story (to a certain extent) they all built on each other. You definitely became closer to the family as the story went on.The bottom line? Pretty enjoyable. I’ll definitely continue with the books.