Hi, I’m Donni from The Magic Onions. When Cassi asked me to share our favorite book, the choice was easy… Little House On The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder! We began reading the series at the beginning of last year, when Kitty was 6. Our ‘evening chapter’ soon became the favorite times in both of our days. We would often break our ‘one chapter a night’ rule and read on way into the night, often until Daddy popped his head into Kitty’s room to ask if I was aware that it was past ten o’clock!
The series begins with The Little House in the Big Woods. This book remains both Kitty’s and my favorite of all. The story is told through the eyes of a pioneer girl, Laura. It starts when Laura is 4 and travels with her across the American prairie until she blossoms into adulthood in the last book in the series.
It was pure delight for me to see my little girl connect so deeply with a character in a chapter book. The happenings would resonate so deeply within her that it was often all we talked about for days. I know that she is not alone in letting Laura into her heart as she and her friends still play ‘Little House On The Prairie’ at every available opportunity. They cook and bake, they milk their cows, and they run through the meadow as if they are truly pioneer girls running through the long grasses of the prairie.
We were so sad when we came to the last word in the last book. In fact, both of us shed many tears.
A few months ago, Kitty asked if we could start at the beginning again and I agreed eagerly. This time, Teddy has joined in too. He is only 4 and it has amazed me how much he is enjoying it, although he can only concentrate through one chapter at a time.
A few nights ago, Kitty sighed deeply while we were reading. I asked her what was making her sad and she replied that she wished we were a family who washed our clothes by hand like Laura and Ma did in the book. (I smiled inwardly). ‘Well’ I said, ‘Lets make some clothes for you and Teddy to wash in your Little House in the Big Woods.’ (we have made a little outdoor house for them to play Little House on the Prairie in). ‘Great idea!’ she agreed.
Today, we had a wonderful day making, and washing, prairie clothes.
I assembled my fabric scraps and we used a permanent marker to draw the outlines of clothes onto our fabric scraps. Kitty and Teddy used scissors to cut them out.
It was time for washing day, prairie style. We filled a bowl with some warm, soapy water.
Collected our clothes and cloth pins in a basket.
We washed our clothes.
The children loved working in the warm soapy water.
They rinsed their clothes and wrung them out.
And then hung them on the line to dry.
Just like good little prairie children.
Oh, it is a delight to see… clean washing flapping peacefully on the line, drying in the sun. And the children have been playing ‘Little House on the Prairie’ all day long. Teddy has washed his clothes and hung them up on the line to dry three times :-)
Thank you for having me on the Crafty Crow today, Cassi. I hope we have inspired you to read, or re-read, the Little House on the Prairie books.
Blessings and magic,