Little House In The Big Woods Book Summary and Study Guide

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It is the 1860's and the Ingalls family (Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura and baby Carrie) are living in the Wisconsin woods in a log cabin built by Pa. Laura, the main character, is a lively and precocious child. The reader sees life through Laura's eyes - the hardships, the unpredictable winter weather, wild animals roaming the woods and the familys' struggle for survival. Through it all the Ingalls have the most precious commodity: family love. Pa is a devoted caretaker of his family. He is a hunter and provider. Ma sews, cooks and takes care of the three children. Mary is Laura's best friend and confidant. Laura believes that her baby sister Carrie is the prettiest baby in the world. As night settles in Pa pulls out his fiddle and entertains his family. When a devastating winter storm hits the Big Woods the Ingalls family must band together to make the best out of a bad situation. Will the Ingalls family survive?
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Through the adventures of the Ingalls family the reader is taken back to a more humble chapter in American history.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   farmer Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Exploring into the wild    -   Yes kind of story    -   colonizing/settling in new area

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Prairie?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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