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Winter Days in the Big Woods
Adapted from the Little House Books

By Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated by Renée Graef

Review by: Melissa Rose

      An American tradition is now available for younger children! The same Little House books that we cherished in our childhoods are now available in shorter, read-aloud form with warm, cozy illustrations on every page. A great way to introduce little girls and boys to the history and tradition made famous by the chapter books and the award winning television series.
      Winter Days in the Big Woods has Laura and her family preparing for the long cold winter in their house made of logs. While Pa is out hunting to provide meat for the coming winter, Laura and her sisters, Mary and Carrie gather vegetables, churn butter, make the beds, and bake bread to help Ma. They amuse themselves by cutting paper dolls, playing house in their loft among the stored pumpkins, and making beautiful pictures in the frost on the window. But their best times are when Pa comes home at night and they sing, tell stories, and laugh as a family. This book is a charming tale of laughter, hard work, and especially family.
     I recommend this book for ages 3 to 8. It's warm, clear, full-page illustrations make it a favorite for the pre-readers while the easily read text is sure to be a joy for young readers. A true family classic. 

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