Ian's taking a Little House on the Prairie class in our homeschool co-op. We're reading By the Shores of Silver Lake for that class. Ian and I have read other Little House books, and we've both always enjoyed them, and it's extra special because we read from the same set that I read from as a child.
Reading is very important to me. I've always desired to instill a deep love of reading in my children, and I'm always on the lookout for solid, wholesome literature that will enrich my children's mind and vocabulary. And that's one of the reasons I love the Little House series so much. The books are so charming. And the writing is so descriptive - you can see it all clearly in your mind as you read. Mrs. Wilders wrote in such a way that made the words come alive.
And then I found this set of Little House books designed for the younger audience. (I linked to one of the books in the set on amazon.com. Amazon.com does not appear to have the books available to purchase as a complete set. I bought mine on ebay as a complete set so you may one to look there if you're interested.)
Lily got this book set along with a set of Little House paper dolls for Christmas. These books are illustrated so beautifully and each book gives a paraphrased version of parts of Wilder's original Little House works. Both of my kids are requesting these books every night at bedtime. That makes me so happy.
Lily's been spending hours playing with her paperdolls. Ian has even played with the dolls with Lily, although I don't think he'd admit that to anyone!!! If you have a little girl who is interested in the Little House books, these dolls would be a delight for her! And I love that they're a simple, classic toy that inspires imaginative play and dialogue.
I'm so thankful for the authors that God has gifted with the ability to write beautiful, wholesome, enriching literature!