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Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Illustrator: Jody Wheeler and Renee Graef

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Almanzo Wilder has chores to do, and we are going to follow him while he does them. When Almanzo is finished with his chores he gets cleaned up for dinner. The dinner he and his family have is described in detail and sounds delicious. After dinner the family sits around the fireplace and you read how they spend their evenings before getting up the next day and starting all over again. This is an illustrated, easy reader version of the famous Little House on the Prairie series.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this story, but my daughter liked it. She enjoyed seeing how different life was for children then. She liked seeing how someone her age might have lived. She enjoyed reading about what they ate.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the book. It was a cute story with educational benefits. It helps bring history to life for young children/early readers. I didn’t think she would like it as much as she did since it was about a little boy. She liked it because it showed her how a boy her age might have lived.

Pros: Beautiful pictures and an easy-to-read format engage kids in history and frontier life in America.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice read, but the meatier versions will be more fun.

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Educational Themes: Although this is fiction, kids can still learn about frontier and farm life. They can compare their lives to how other children lived. It also shows them that families have been spending time together and helping each other (i.e., kids doing chores) for hundreds of year!

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader, historical fiction, family

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009

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