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Alright,who else aspires to be Caroline Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie?Is she not the master Homemaker and Mother?I totally think she ROCKS!!!!!Any one else want to 'fess up here?<br>
I also love the home/cabin,and of course Walnut Grove is such a cool little town!<br>
I'm posting this here,cos I am not yet "off the grid"or "country livin'"
 

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Now I want to re-read thos books!! I THINK we own "Little House in the Big Woods" but I'm not sure where I'd find it.
 

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I am reading the series to my DD's, we are curently on the third book, On the Banks of Plum Creek. (Actually, that is the fourth book, we skipped Farmer Boy for now). The Plum Creek one is where they lived in the dugout, one of my favorite Little House houses.<br><br>
At the risk of being accused of Caroline bashing, the books make her out to be sorta small minded and judgemental. It almost seems that Charles and the girls have to "work around" some of her issues. In the second book, where they live in "Indian Territory", she is pretty snippy about living near Indians and makes it very clear that she is "above" living in that fashion. I do understand that her judgements where all based on fear and ignorance, but it did put me in a position explaining to my children why "Ma" was so nasty about their neighbors. And with Mr. Edwards, she was very snobby, she did come around with him though.<br><br>
I do love the books though, I bought "The Little House Cookbook" and we are playing around with frontier food. We had Pioneer Day in my town not long ao and we had a blast. I love that time period. My DD's are the same age as Mary and Laura, so they are really enjoying identifying with the characters.<br><br>
Did anyone watch "Frontier House" on PBS? It was a reality show where three families tried to make it on the frontier. It was very entertaining and educational. I would love to have a copy, but won't pay 70.00 for the DVD's <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
But to answer your question, Caroline and all the pioneer women rock IMO. When she and Pa were building a cabin and a log smashed her ankle, she just went right on working the best she could. When Pa was gone, she slept in the rocking chair by the door with the gun, keeping the kids as calm as possible singing to them while she feared for their life. People accuse me of being snobby sounding at times, I guess I should let Caroline slide on this issue. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Did anyone watch "Frontier House" on PBS? It was a reality show where three families tried to make it on the frontier. It was very entertaining and educational. I would love to have a copy, but won't pay 70.00 for the DVD's <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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That show was indeed a reality check and was very well done. I had difficulty getting past the soap opera parts of it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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I have read and still own the Little House books.<br><br>
One book that I found in recent years that really broadened my perspective of the Ingalls family is titled: Laura: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Donald Zochert.<br><br>
The book is very depressing in some areas, which is to be expected as it portrays a lot of the very trying times that were a part of frontier life. It really opened my eyes on some of the individual family members, especially Caroline.
 

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I think in the initial series there are 8.<br><br>
Little House in the Big Woods<br>
Little House on the Prairie<br>
Farmer Boy<br>
On the Banks of Plum Creek<br>
By The Shores of Silver Lake<br>
Little Town on the Prairie<br>
The Long Winter<br>
These Happy Golden Years<br>
The First Four Years<br><br>
There was also two books chronicling later years<br><br>
On The Way Home<br>
West From Home<br><br>
This site is where I got my info:<br><a href="http://www.littlehousebooks.com/books/books.asp" target="_blank">http://www.littlehousebooks.com/books/books.asp</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">At the risk of being accused of Caroline bashing, the books make her out to be sorta small minded and judgemental. It almost seems that Charles and the girls have to "work around" some of her issues. In the second book, where they live in "Indian Territory", she is pretty snippy about living near Indians and makes it very clear that she is "above" living in that fashion. I do understand that her judgements where all based on fear and ignorance, but it did put me in a position explaining to my children why "Ma" was so nasty about their neighbors. And with Mr. Edwards, she was very snobby, she did come around with him though.</div>
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I think that is a wonderful way to teach about racism.
 

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Okay---I know this sounds crazy---but when I was little I'd watch Little House on the Prairie with my sunbonnet on. I was Laura for Halloween twice and would tell everyone that I was the real Laura Ingalls re-incarnated! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br>
I have all the books and those new kid chapter books that are a take-off.<br>
I have Season 1 and Season 2 on DVD.<br>
I want my daughter to love it as much as I did when she's older.<br><br>
I also LOVE Ma. Sometimes when I'm tired I think of all the things she had to do to put a meal on the table, or to clean clothes etc.
 

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I have two sisters and we used to play Little House all the time. I always had to be Mary because I'm the oldest. We all wanted to be Laura :LOL
 

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I always wanted to be Laura not Caroline but I will admit as far as home making went-Caroline rocked.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I always wanted to be Laura not Caroline but I will admit as far as home making went-Caroline rocked.</div>
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I have the entire series (at list three complete sets) 1<br>
I have the DVD series 1-8 !! Me, dh, and ds are watching them as a family. He never saw the series as a kid ! I was ADDICTED to it......Monday nights at 8pm !!! He is enjoying the series on DVD.<br><br>
YECCH ! I saw a few episodes of when Walt Disney just recently tried to redo the pilot of Little House on the Priairie............IT WAS AWFUL !! They need to know when to leave well enough alone !!<br><br>
I read the books as a child over and over. We also now live on a few acres, not trying to be Little House, but my dh does like being self reliant and semi-off grid and having all this space. We will be gardening and raising chickens, ducks, etc.<br><br>
FYI... did you know that some homeschoolers use the series for teaching. There is a Little House primer or something like that.<br><br>
I am a real big fan of the series !!!!
 

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My dd is obssesed with Little House books and wants to live in a log cabin.<br><br>
They now have series chronicalling several generations of Laura's ancestors (as well as her daughter Rose)- including Caroline's whole life. We are finishing that series up now with Caroline Quiner's marriage to Charles Ingalls.<br><br>
(Note: the series starts out boring but picks up steam)<br><br>
I always liked Laura best because she had a wild streak and independent thinking- but Caroline could defintely manage a house - she was awesome and I am still intimidated.
 

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MamaMonica said:
......They now have series chronicalling several generations of Laura's ancestors (as well as her daughter Rose)- including Caroline's whole life. We are finishing that series up now with Caroline Quiner's marriage to Charles Ingalls.<br><br>
(Note: the series starts out boring but picks up steam)<br>
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MamaMonica...can you give us the name of the new Series, author, where you boughtit, etc etc etc.<br>
Enquiring minds want to know ! :LOL
 

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Here is a link that talks about all the new series of books. It looks like they are going back several generations!<br><br><a href="http://www.littlehousebooks.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.littlehousebooks.com/index.html</a><br><br>
HTH!
 

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I have the original series for my daughter when she gets older ---she's only one.<br>
I have bought the chapter books for her of Laura's adventures---I think it's great that they are creating new books--it's such a wholesome series!
 

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These are some of my very favorites! I also love Anne of Green Gables series and shows!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here is a link that talks about all the new series of books. It looks like they are going back several generations!<br><br><a href="http://www.littlehousebooks.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.littlehousebooks.com/index.html</a><br><br>
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Yes- these are the ones. They all have different authors but are on one shelf at our library grouped together so are easy to find.<br><br>
The Caroline ones are defintiely the best of the lot. Dd got bored with Martha...<br><br>
There are "bad" parts that need to be edited out for small kids in some of the series.
 
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