We started through the Little House series sometime in December. I was really shocked at how quickly my kids devoured the stories, asking me to read each night and during schooltime.
Earlier this week we finished our last Little House book and my children experienced something I’ve lived through countless times… At the end of the last page they legitimately got sad. The story was over. No more Little House adventures. Big E took it the hardest saying he wasn’t ready to be finished with Laura’s life.
It’s hard for me to say which was my favorite, but if I had to choose, I think I’d pick Little Town on the Prairie. C liked Farmer Boy best, and even picked it up to read to herself. Big E liked Little House on the Prairie the best and poor Baby E is still trying to work out which character is which and had no idea which book we were reading at any given time.
Since finishing, we have gotten back on track with our curriculum reading and we started Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates. I’ve read a few of her books so far and I have been very impressed. So far the kids are loving this one.
As for me, I borrowed a book from the library called Prairie Fires. It’s a comprehensive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and while I am not a huge fan of nonfiction, I thought I’d give it a try. Sixty pages in I have learned a great deal about her family history, and the climate of the country during the early Western expansion. It would be way over the kids’ heads but I am enjoying it.