Little House on the Prairie

I have been re-reading Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s “Little House on the Prairie” series. People of my generation may be familiar with the books, but probably remember the television series better.


The books follow a young girl and her family in the latter half of the nineteenth century, through various moves across what is now the northern Midwest, and through many trials and triumphs. Although written for young people, the content may resonate for those of all ages. The character Laura and her family are poor, although this is not explicitly stated. They simply work very hard and appreciate what they have. That struck me even as a young child – I marveled at Laura’s appreciation of her Christmas gifts: a stick of candy and a tin cup to call her own.

In these fast-moving and hyper-connected times, Wilder’s books possess a seductive simplicity, but they also show timeless values: love, friendship, hard work, cooperation, and appreciation for what we have. The collection I bought is available at Amazon and elsewhere; other collections and the individual books are available as well. I recommend them for both the young and the young at heart.