History Literature / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

27th Apr '18 4:58:49 PM Fews1990
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* QuittingToGetMarried: Laura quits her teaching job when she and Almanzo decide to get married. She also quits her own continuing education: when she tells Mr. Owen she's engaged and won't be coming back to school after her upcoming term as a teacher, he apologizes for not graduating her already-- he was waiting to graduate her and her classmates all together the next term, and some of them weren't ready. Further reading about the author's actual life will show that, while she wasn't allowed to ''teach'' after marriage, she still did a variety of other jobs to supplement her husband's farm work during lean times, including dressmaking, writing, bookkeeping, boarding, and dispensing loans. It's specifically noted in ''On the Way Home'' and ''Little House on Rocky Ridge'' that the hundred dollar bill the Wilders have as a down payment for their new land was earned by Laura, working outside the home as a seamstress. It's also mentioned that Laura's mother, Caroline, was also a schoolteacher before she got married.
22nd Mar '18 12:27:15 AM Chariset
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* TheSimpleLifeIsSimple: '''Averted'''. All of the books, especially ''Farmer Boy'', make it clear just how much time and labor went into basic things like planting potatoes or cooking a meal in the pre-industrial days. Almanzo spends whole days plowing the fields, sunup to sundown, and he's maybe 10 years old!
7th Feb '18 8:54:40 AM K
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* InsistentTerminology: Almanzo's horses and calves may ''run'', but they do not ''run away.''
26th Jan '18 1:26:30 PM McJeff
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* LoopholeAbuse: In ''On the Banks of Plum Creek'', after being told she and Mary could no longer slide down the haystack, Laura decides that she can still ''roll'' down it. While she doesn't get punished for it--Pa actually has to turn his back so the girls don't see him [[ActuallyPrettyFunny struggling not to laugh]] at Laura's perfectly reasonable argument in defense of her loophole--her father does then clarify that she is no longer to even ''touch'' the haystack.

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''On the Banks of Plum Creek'', after being told she and Mary could no longer slide down the haystack, Laura decides that she can still ''roll'' down it. While she doesn't get punished for it--Pa actually has to turn his back so the girls don't see him [[ActuallyPrettyFunny struggling not to laugh]] at Laura's perfectly reasonable argument in defense of her loophole--her father does then clarify that she is no longer to even ''touch'' the haystack.haystack.
**In ''Farmer Boy'', Royal gets Almanzo to agree to a bet that he and the men will have all the sheep sheered before Almanzo has the fleeces stored away in the barn loft. During the lunch break Almanzo sneaks an unshorn sheep up into the barn loft and wins the bet.
26th Jan '18 1:18:21 PM McJeff
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* EldritchAbomination: From the time the Ingalls arrive in De Smet, the "stillness underneath everything" on the De Smet prairies make Laura uneasy. When some cattle get their heads frozen to the ground, she gets the horrors over imagining that the Stillness somehow seized the cattle.
26th Jan '18 12:22:33 PM Jeduthun
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** In ''By the Shores of Silver Lake'', baby sister Grace gets lost on the prairie. To child readers, it's a somewhat tense scene. For grown-ups with children of their own, it's absolutely horrifying. [[spoiler:Grace is found, in a perfect circle of violets. Laura is certain that it's a fairy ring, but grabs her little sister despite being creeped out. It turns out to be a buffalo wallow; the way buffalos roll in the dirt breaks up the prairie grass and aerates the soil perfectly to encourage the violets to grow.]]
31st Oct '17 4:11:54 PM valar55
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** In Farmer Boy, Mother is described as having to turn sideways before she can pass through a door because of her hoop skirts. And ''Little Town on the Prairie'' makes a point of the fact that hoop skirts are coming ''back'' in to style. Yes. They got rid of hoop skirts ''and then they came back.''

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** In Farmer Boy, ''Farmer Boy'', Mother is described as having to turn sideways before she can pass through a door because of her hoop skirts. And ''Little Town on the Prairie'' makes a point of the fact that hoop skirts are coming ''back'' in to into style. Yes. They got rid of hoop skirts ''and then they came back.''
31st Oct '17 10:31:08 AM valar55
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** There's also something to be said for Eliza Jane being one of the main reasons why [[AltarTheSpeed Almanzo and Laura get married much earlier than planned]]... because she wants to come to DeSmet and throw them a big church wedding. Considering how she is an antagonist to Laura in ''Little Town on the Prairie'' and would have good reason to be unhappy with her brother's choice of a bride her enthusiasm for the upcoming wedding shows how much she cares about he brother's happiness.

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** There's also something to be said for Eliza Jane being one of the main reasons why [[AltarTheSpeed Almanzo and Laura get married much earlier than planned]]... because she wants to come to DeSmet De Smet and throw them a big church wedding. Considering how she is an antagonist to Laura in ''Little Town on the Prairie'' and would have good reason to be unhappy with her brother's choice of a bride her enthusiasm for the upcoming wedding shows how much she cares about he brother's happiness.
31st Oct '17 9:20:55 AM valar55
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The eight books written and published by Laura Ingalls Wilder are ''Little House in the Big Woods,'' ''Farmer Boy'' (about her husband, Almanzo Wilder), ''Little House on the Prairie,'' ''On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter'', ''Little Town on the Prairie'' and ''These Happy Golden Years,'' chronicling Laura's life from her childhood in Wisconsin to her marriage in what would later become South Dakota.

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The eight books written and published by Laura Ingalls Wilder are ''Little House in the Big Woods,'' ''Farmer Boy'' (about her husband, Almanzo Wilder), ''Little House on the Prairie,'' ''On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter'', ''Little Town on the Prairie'' and ''These Happy Golden Years,'' chronicling Laura's life from her childhood in Wisconsin Wisconsin, to her marriage in what would later become South Dakota.



** Martha. At the age of eight she challenges her friend Lew to a footrace and comes closer to beating him than any boy in the valley. (Bear in mind Lew is the blacksmiths son who's already working in the forge and several years older than her). Later in the book she runs over three miles to get help to a sick tenant and her parents are amazed she made it so quickly.

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** Martha. At the age of eight she challenges her friend Lew to a footrace and comes closer to beating him than any boy in the valley. (Bear in mind mind, Lew is the blacksmiths blacksmith's son who's already working in the forge and several years older than her). Later in the book she runs over three miles to get help to a sick tenant and her parents are amazed she made it so quickly.
31st Oct '17 9:04:17 AM valar55
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Creator/{{Disney}} adapted ''Little House in the Big Woods'' and ''Little House on the Prairie'' into a six-part miniseries in 2005. Carrie was AdaptedOut of the story.

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Creator/{{Disney}} adapted ''Little House in the Big Woods'' and ''Little House on the Prairie'' into a six-part miniseries in 2005. Carrie was AdaptedOut of the story.
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