Little House on the Prairie: Book Summary

Instructor: Abby Federico

Abby has taught elementary special education and has her master's degree in this area.

This lesson will teach you about the book ''Little House on the Prairie'' by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is the second book in her series, and you will learn about the Ingalls family and their journey west to find a new home in the prairie.

Important Background Information

Little House on the Prairie was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura's first book was Little House in the Big Woods, in which the reader is introduced to the Ingalls family--Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura, and Carrie. In Little House in the Big Woods, Laura and her family live in a log cabin in the woods of Wisconsin. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote nine books about her family's life starting in the 1870s. The books follow the Ingalls family as they travel west and help to settle the American frontier, or an area that is wilderness and not settled by groups of people.


Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie takes place after the book Little House in the Big Woods. Laura's family used to be the only family for miles in their house in the woods. However, now there are more people moving in the area and Laura's Pa thinks it is getting too crowded. The family decides that they are going to leave their house and travel farther west.

Laura's family gets a covered wagon, which is how pioneers used to travel. They put all of their belongings in the covered wagon, and head west. Laura is sad to leave her house in the woods, but she is soon excited by the adventures that the family has on their trip. She especially likes how the family gets to camp out at night, and since there are no big trees nearby, she can see many stars.

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