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  1. Hi Amy,

    My post is here:
    http://www.acrossthepage.net/2009/06/25/thursday-read-alouds/

    Have your girls listened to the whole series? I stopped mine after ‘Plum Creek’ because I figured they needed to be older for the rest. Maybe not?

    I agree with you about the Ingalls’ self sufficiency. I also agree about the portrayal of the Indians. Ma’s attitude (and the Scotts’) are not the appealing ones; Pa’s and Laura’s respect for them come across as much more attractive.

    Have you read ‘Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder’? I found it to be a really interesting, demythologizing but respectful look at the real LIW. I would LOVE to take my family to Missouri to see where Laura finally ended up!

    • hopeistheword

      Janet,

      My girls have listened to every audiobook except for These Happy Golden Years and The First Four Years, and Louise actually began These Happy Golden Years this week. I guess I haven’t thought much about them not being age appropriate because while they do contain some things the girls probably don’t understand, they also LACK a lot of things I prefer for them to not be exposed to just yet (i.e. many things common on children’s tv programming, etc.)

      I haven’t read Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder, but it sounds like a worthwhile read. Steady Eddie and I did travel through DeSmet, SD, a few years ago on a trip out to Yellowstone NP. (Yes, it was out of the way, but SE indulges me when I see places on the map I don’t want to miss.) Little did we know then that we would have children who adore the stories. I hope we can make a LIW trip one year when the girls are older.

      Thanks for playing again this week!

  2. Have you read A Little House Traveler about Laura’s move to Missouri? (Her diary.) THat’s the title I was going to swap with you if we were matched for the Book Swap. (My review of it is forthcoming over on RtK.) I’m still happy to send it to you and your girls if you’d like it. =)

    And yes, I was taken aback at the Ingalls opinions of the Indians but I’m glad they’ve left the books as-is because even those opinions teach us what our history has been and there is MUCH to learn from Pa!

    Here’s my post this week (I’m still in Narnia):

    http://www.readingtoknow.com/2009/06/read-aloud-thursday-narnia.html

    • hopeistheword

      A Little House Traveler sounds interesting, Carrie, and I’d sure love to take it off your hands if you’re looking to lighten the load. 😉

      I think Pa is amazing as Laura depicts him in her books. Such spirit!

      I’m off to check out your post!

  3. My father used to read these aloud to me when I was just a wee young thing. It’s so nice that you’re doing the same for your girls. I imagine the audiobook version gives you some relief, too; I’m sure my dad would’ve gotten one for me if they’d been available back then, just so he could take a break from reading the same thing over and over and over and over.

    I recently purchased my own copies of the books, and I’ve been holding off on rereading them in large part because of the racist content I remembered. I’d forgotten Pa’s more balanced views; I’ll keep that in mind when I do get around to reread them.

    • hopeistheword

      Pleae don’t let the racist parts drive you away from reading the book. There are enough wonderful parts to make up for them!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  4. Little House in the Big Woods is probably the first chapter book that I read. My mom got them from the library for me when I was a kid and I loved them. Later as an adult I learned more about some of the racist threads throughout the series. I think it’s important to be aware of those things, but on the other hand I have really good memories of the books and there is a lot to be said about being to understand the historical context – racism existed and it’s still exists and there is a lot to be admired in the books – courage, hard work, etc. So I guess what I am trying to say in my ramblings is I think go ahead and read them, but just be aware of some of the more controversial items in the books and expose your children to other historical fiction books from that time period to give a more balanced view. That’s my plan anyway.

    That said, are most recent book we read outloud was Henry and the Paper Route by Beverly Cleary. My daughter (5) really liked it.

    • hopeistheword

      We read Henry and Ribsy (or was it just Ribsy?) several months ago and my girls loved it!

      Thanks for commenting!

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