My First Book Post – Little House in the Big Woods Summary

One of my favorite things to do when I’m not dancing is read. I read lots of books – all kinds. I know that you can find book reviews on the Internet. And based on whether the person reviewing the book liked it or not, you can make a decision whether or not to read the book. Instead of doing a book review, I decided to share “book reports” that I’ve written on some of the books that I’ve read. You can use my summaries to decide whether or not a book sounds interesting enough to read. But better still, you can use my summaries if you were supposed to read a certain book for school and didn’t do it. I’m not sure if my summaries are detailed enough to help you pass a test. I doubt it. But maybe they’ll help you to know at least something about the book, maybe even enough to fake having read it!

Little House in the Big Woods cover

Book Title: Little House in the Big Woods
Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrator: Garth Williams

Six year old Laura Ingalls lives in a little house in a deep forest in Wisconsin in the 1870’s with her Ma whose name is Caroline, her Pa whose name is Charles, her older sister Mary, and her baby sister Carrie. Pa hunts every night except for in the winter. He brings his gun so he can catch bear, and venison, and wild pig. Her mother has a garden where they get their other foods. Ma makes her own cheese, bread and maple syrup, and sugar, while Pa roasts the meat. Mary and Laura play with their dog Jack and with broken dishes their mother had given them. Their father made them each a swing from their own tree. At night, Pa puts the girls to sleep with his songs played on his fiddle and his stories. They wash on Monday, iron on Tuesday, mend on Wednesday, churn on Thursday, clean on Friday, bake on Saturday, and rest on Sunday, because Sunday is the Sabbath, the day to rest. Laura hated Sundays because she had to eat a cold breakfast because nothing could be cooked and a cold lunch and dinner. She couldn’t play or make loud noises and worst of all she had to get all dressed up even though she stayed inside all day. But at least she didn’t have to do chores! Sometimes Laura and Mary fought. Mary teased Laura because her hair was dirty brown. Mary’s was golden blond. Mary always did what she was told. Laura got so mad she slapped Mary. Pa took his strap off the wall and beat Laura with it to teach her a lesson. The most exciting thing for Laura was that she was finally old enough to go to town. Mary was too. They got to go buy lots of pretty things. In the book, Laura spent a lot of time with her relatives.