[ Read Online Little House on the Prairie Ó egyptian-literature PDF ] by Laura Ingalls Wilder ó Okay, it s a great American classic, I realize that I read it for the first time in third grade because the pioneer go forth and push westward philosophy is a central feature in the proud American mindset and heritage But it s for that very reason that the value of the book needs to be questioned.
While much of the story focuses on a family s self reliance on the Kansas prairie, the book preceding it Little House in the Big Woods does the same with the exception that the Ingalls family was integrated into a functioning Wisconsin community of relatives and neighbors That book, however, is NOT the famous one after which a television series was made WHY the Ingalls family felt the need to abandon their community and settle in what was in fact disputed Indian Territory other than out of a lust for adventure is insufficiently explained Unlike immigrants of the time, American pioneers like the Ingallses were not driven to the new land by persecution or famine at home They drove themselves there and expected the local Indians to like it or stay out of the way The Indians are portrayed as mysterious savages who are ultimately given what actually belonged to the hard working white family I m not at all surprised it was written in the 1930 s My third grade class was outraged at the injustice of the U.
S government telling the Ingallses to abandon their self made cabin for the Indians, yet no one was outraged in the beginning when they arrived and no one was asked to question this Stories like the Ingallses s are history that cannot be changed or forgotten, but like all history should be constantly questioned I would read this to children and elementary middle school classes, but not without a corresponding story from the perspective of the Plains Indians, and not without asking children important follow up questions to spark dialogue Did the Ingallses have to leave Wisconsin Would you have Why do you think they decided to Were the Ingallses malicious, naive, or justified in their pursuit Can the rural dislike of government involvement be traced back to stories like theirs Why was this story so popular in the 1930 s, 40 s, and 50 s Why is it still popular today Fried Apples and a Lesson in RacismI loved this series when I read them around ten years ago My favorite was The Long Winter A few years ago I went to visit her home in Missouri with my sister and niece She had two houses, but I must say I loved the Sears and Roebuck one best The other one had a wonderful antique mint green stove in it that I would have loved to have owned, except I think that it would not be easy to bake in, and maybe it used wood for fuel My ex mother in law had a wood burning one once when she was renting a house in the country It heated the entire house She didn t bake much, so she didn t have to worry about getting the fire just right I read this book again because I had heard that it contained racist remarks I must not have noticed it before So, Laura Ingalls and her family take off in a covered wagon for parts unknown Laura asked for a papoose, like another child would ask for a puppy Her mother exclaims, I don t like Indians No, you cannot have a papoose Why would Laura even think of owning a papoose I suppose it was just a childish whim And then her father talks about how the government is going to push back or kill the Indians, so they don t have to worry.
So now, what was once an adorable story about pioneers that all children love to an adult, can become a political issue, as it was in the book, Killers of the Flower Moon that came out after I read this book This conversation was mentioned in it in detail.
The fact of racism in this book doesn t ruin it for me, and I am American Indian, but I had a German father I had a friend who was Indian, but she didn t like pioneer stories, which was understandable Me, I love them I have another friend who loves them too, and she is married to a Native American and may be part Indian So I asked members of our book group if they liked pioneer stories, some of us are Indian or part Indian One wanted nothing to do with them because the white man had murdered the Indians Three of us liked them because they were survival books and fun reading They were history We felt that other countries had to deal with these things as well Then some of us who were Indian had family who came to America in the early days Now as to the racist comment, I like what one of the group members said, They were being honest with their feelings, and they were afraid of the Indians, and I might add, They should have been Not all Indians were friendly And Indians had sometimes warred with each other, taking food from another tribe when there was a drought, kidnapping children, etc This doesn t make it right what the Europeans did by coming to here, just as it isn t right for any nation to colonize or destroy other nations I just hope that kids who read these books will get a lesson from their parents on racism, as it would be a good way to teach them Here is an interesting recipe that could have been used by the Ingalls on the trail Fried ApplesFry 4 slices of bacon Remove bacon Slice apples and add to hot bacon grease Brown on each side Serve.
Now whenever I fry apples, I used real butter, but if I used bacon grease, I would eat the bacon along with the apples.
I recently read this to my young son, and he couldn t get enough He s a kid who loves nothing than to spend all day in the woods building forts, so perhaps it s not surprising that he took to this book It s a marvelous adventure story that left me in awe of the sheer indefatigable competence of this family The relationship of the family to the natural world the great prairie that they move to is fascinating, as is their relationship to the Indians Then again, fascinating did, on a rare occasion, turn into something overtly racist in the case of the Indians I struggled with what to do about those passages They were mostly the characters speaking, so one approach would have been to read it and then pause to critique, but I wasn t sure my son was quite old enough to appreciate that So I took the easy way out I skipped over those passages I m still uncertain whether this was the right thing to do Perhaps in the future we ll revisit this and can have a fuller discussion.
I have mixed feelings about this book My mother read the Laura Ingalls books with me when I was a little girl, and I m rereading them for the first time in 30 years Little House on the Prairie is the story of the Ingalls family Pa and Ma, Laura, her sister Mary and her baby sister Carrie taking a covered wagon all the way from Wisconsin to Kansas at about 1870 The author is vague on the timing, such as exactly what year it was or how old she was, but it seems to be written from the perspective of a 6 year old I read in a biography that she played a little loose with the timeline Once they reach Kansas, which was still Indian Territory back then, the family finds a nice bit of prairie and builds a log cabin and starts growing crops But after a year there, Pa gets upset at news that Washington has decided to move the white settlers out of Indian Territory, and the family abruptly packs up the wagon and leaves the cabin behind, heading back to Wisconsin.
I ll start with what I liked about the book, which is the story of the wagon trip and the actual homesteading I have admiration for all the brave pioneers and immigrants and travelers of the world who set out with very few belongings and started a new life somewhere else, surviving on their wits and the kindness of strangers We re going to do well here, Caroline, Pa said This is great country This is a country I ll be contented to stay in the rest of my life Even when it s settled up Ma asked Even when it s settled up No matter how thick and close the neighbors get, this country ll never feel crowded Look at that sky There were some lovely heartwarming moments, such as the Christmas dinner that was saved with the help of a neighbor who met Santa and carried the children s gifts to them Or their loyal dog Jack, who survived a near fatal river crossing The book is filled with charming illustrations, and I had a vivid memory of some of the pictures.
It was fascinating to see the series of steps that Pa and Ma took to frame a house, dig a well, build a barn, make a fireplace, save seeds to grow crops, etc Each event was a big deal and was an adventure For example, Pa and a neighbor nearly died while digging the well because some underground gas almost poisoned them And the whole family got sick with malaria one summer, but luckily a doctor in the territory saved them in time Then there was the day of a massive prairie fire and only quick thinking by Pa Ma saved the house Or the time there was a panther on the prairie who was tracking the family, but luckily an Indian killed it before it attacked anyone.
Which brings me to what I didn t like about the book, which was racism against the Indians I honestly do not remember all the racist comments from my childhood reading The line, The only good Indian is a dead Indian, is mentioned several times Or how Ma was constantly fretting about them, saying, Land knows, they d never do anything with this country themselves All they do is roam around over it like wild animals Treaties or no treaties, the land belongs to folks that ll farm it That s only common sense and justice Did my mother skip those parts when she read these books with me Or did it just not register I understand it was the prevailing attitude of the whites at the time, but it was jarring to read it in a children s book, even one that was first published in 1935 I think this is important because if I were going to read this book with my niece, for example, I would edit out the racist parts, which is probably what my mom did I don t see the need to plant the seeds of an old prejudice in a young child I struggled with whether to give this book a 3 or a 4, but I rounded up out of affection for the series as a whole The first book in the series, Little House in the Big Woods, has been my favorite so far But I will continue to read these books and enjoy the stories of the early settlers.
I ll close with this nice thought from Laura toward the end of the book when the family is leaving the homestead behind Laura felt all excited inside You never know what will happen next, nor where you ll be tomorrow, when you are traveling in a covered wagon.
This is not really a review of the general contents and themes of Little House on the Prairie, but my personal attitudes towards the fact that this book has been and like so many others repeatedly challenged and even at times banned censored mostly due to the way Native Americans are depicted and the attitudes shown towards them.
There are definite issues with Little House on the Prairie, and especially the attitudes towards Native Americans are problematic to say the least However, attitudes towards Native Americans in the 19th century were often very much akin to those shown in the book, and the claim that the only good Indian is a dead Indian was unfortunately common amongst many settlers like the Scotts, who I think, uttered these words Those who would challenge these books and attempt to have them banned are thus not only being censorious, but even worse, are attempting to erase the unfortunate truth that Native Americans were often seen in this way Little House on the Prairie would, in my opinion, be a good starting point for discussions, although I do realise the book could also be used and likely has been used by those against Native Americans to bolster and justify their own prejudices however, this can be and has been the case with many, if not most controversial books, and will likely remain thus.
Frankly, while I have than a bit of trouble with the way Native Americans are depicted and the attitudes shown towards them I especially find the often glowing descriptions of Caroline Ingalls a bit hard to stomach, as she is really quite the stereotyper, much so than Charles Ingalls, although not on the same level as the Scotts , I do very much appreciate the fact that Laura Ingalls Wilder has not tried pretend that attitudes towards Native Americans were different and positive if she had, for example, written stories about the Ingalls family becoming close to and good friends with their Native American neighbours, although this might feel acceptable to our modern sensibilities, it also would be, for the most part, woefully and perhaps even dangerously anachronistic And finally, one must realise that while Little House on the Prairie is considered historical fiction, it was also written at a time when negative impressions of or at the very least patronising and Euro centric attitudes to Native Americans were still very much not only acceptable, but common The book describes the past, but is also of its time, and should be read, appreciated and approached as such.
I also wonder, whether those individuals who believe that Little House on the Prairie should be banned and or censored consider themselves to be educated, to be socially active, to be fighting against bigotry and the like and the answer would probably be a resounding yes for most However, if one strives to ban or censor books, one is behahving and no matter for what reason one attempts to ban or censor a book the same or at least in a similar manner as that against which one is fighting Education, understanding, solidarity will never be reached, nor will the battle against bigotry ever be won by using similarly problematic and draconian means, but through thoughtful discussion and debate in my opinion, banning books, no matter for what purpose, is and always will be an act of bigotry, an act of dictatorial over reaching, an act that destroys freedom and only creates strife.
This book should clearly be renamed Pa s follies as the entire story is about him bumbling from one misadventure to the next.
1 Pa leads the family across a frozen lake Peppin The very next morning the family hears the ice on the lake start to crack and break up By the luck of one day the Ingalls family is spared a frozen death.
2 Pa nearly drowns the entire family crossing a creek into the Indian country.
3 Pa nearly shoots good dog Jack thinking he is wolf after Jack manages to survive Pa s ineptness at crossing the creek.
4 Pa drops a log on Ma while building their house nearly breaking her leg.
6 While scouting out the new homesite, Pa bumbles into a pack of 50 wolves without his gun.
7 The chimney pa builds soon catches on fire.
8 Mr Scott nearly dies while helping to build the Ingalls well when Pa doesn t check for gas.
9 It turns out the new home is built near a malarial swamp which soon leads to the whole family getting fever and ague.
10 The Indians, who Pa maintains are peaceful, keep harassing Ma and the girls when he is away and stealing their food.
11 The Indians, who Pa maintains are peaceful, come withing a hair of deciding to slaughter all of the white settlers.
12 After all of the family s blood, sweat and tears the government forces them to leave Indian country making the entire adventure a complete waste of time.
His name should be Charles In galling Incompetence I am a fan of the Laura Ingall s Wilder books, and I am enjoying them even as an adult, sharing them with my daughter This one moved a bit slowly than Little House in the Big Woods, but I was still fascinated I can hardly imagine a life so primitive Some say Pa was crazy for moving his family away from the Big Woods where they had a solid footing, but the settler s spirit is responsible for the growth and development of our country and is still the heart of the American way Who doesn t look to better the situation of their family even when it means stepping into the unknown Mrs Wilder s detailed descriptions of the hard work and difficulties fill me with awe and respect It was such a different world in so many ways, but still I can relate to the deep family love and commitment that shines through on every page.
A word about some reviews knocking her for her politically incorrect treatment of Native Americans We can and should be disturbed by history It can at times seem unfair, ugly, and even wrong however, ignoring it or rewriting it to suit our current cultural standard is ignorant The truth is, during this period of history there are no easy answers regarding settlers and Indians There was fear, distrust, and wrong doings on both sides Her description is historically accurate It is how she really saw it I do not think we would do our children any service by sugar coating history as some reviewers seem to argue It is by struggling with the injustices of the past that we invaluably inform our judgements and actions regarding the complex questions of today Please let us not rob our children of the hard truth Let us give them knowledge and experience and arm them to do better and be better today.
Meet Laura Ingalls, The Little Girl Who Would Grow Up To Write The Little House booksPa 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 PrairieTTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE Is The Second Book In The Laura Years Series Back Cover So entertaining and so racist.
Is this the book where we start to learn how flawed Ma and Pa really are Pa is certainly a happy go lucky guy with no foresight taking his wife and daughters away from their family into the middle of nowhere which by the way belongs to Indians , almost getting them drowned, burned and sick of malaria And Ma, only concerned with propriety and never saying no to Pa s foolish ideas I d be really worried to be married to someone like Pa, even though he plays his fiddle well and is handy with an axe.
A honey covered lullaby of a book Yum Slurp Racism never went down so good Beautifully written, and read aloud by a champ but Whoa, Bessie even the characters express a smidgen of ambivalence about wresting land from the natives Won t the Indians be mad, Pa And what s with the child wanting her father to steal a Native American baby for her