Little House books before, but I truly enjoyed reading through all nine books again these past couple of months. These books about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder are some of my favorites. I enjoy reading about the pioneer life and am amazed at all the work that had to be done just to live and survive.
There are so many wonderful stories in these books, and I have many favorites. In By the Shores of Silver Lake, Laura shares about watching the preparation of the land for a new railroad out west. At that time, the only way to travel out west was by horse or wagon. It was truly an amazing amout of work that went into the building of the railroad. It made me think of our interstate system and many of the modes of transportation that we take for granted today, even "travel" through cyberspace. Much work went into these conveniences.
Another favorite is in These Happy Golden Years when Laura discovers that not all families are like hers. She realizes that she has a wonderful family and aches to be at home where there is love and happiness. She comes to truly appreciate the family life that Ma and Pa provided.
These are just a couple of things that stood out to me as I read through the series this time. If you have never taken time to read this series, I strongly encourage you to add it to your reading list this year. At any age, these books will remind you of the importance of family, hard work, perseverance and the struggles of those individuals who helped to build our great country.