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#BookReport @Cinfhen
2023 is starting off strong! All the books I've read so far are four and five stars.
I'm really enjoying my reread of the Little House series! Thank you to @megnews for hosting this #LittleHouse read-along.

Cinfhen That‘s awesome 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 hope the rest of the year is full of great books 💖 2w
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megnews
Little House on the Prairie | Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams
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#LittleHouse on the Prairie: Chapter 1 already finds us packing up and on the move from the big woods of Wisconsin to the prairie of Kansas. What were your observations as we begin a new journey with Laura and the Ingalls family?

tpixie What a touching quote!! 2w
Roary47 I relate to their mom in not wanting to travel in the cold. I guess the heat would have its own set of problems. 2w
TheAromaofBooks I have always thought of this as more of a westward journey, when they're actually going more south! 2w
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julieclair The scene where they were saying goodbye to all their family, knowing they might never see them again, was so moving. It made me think about my great-great-grandparents, leaving England to come to America. What courage it took! 2w
BarbaraJean I loved Laura‘s description of the circle of sky! Such different terrain than they were used to, to be able to see all the way to the horizon on all sides. 2w
sblbooks I like that quote too. I laughed when I read the quote about when Mom told Laura to stop complaining, and she said she was naughty inside, that she thought complaints to herself.😂 2w
Bookwormjillk @sblbooks that was my favorite too! 2w
Ann_Reads This was an eventful chapter. A bit frightening as they could hear the cracking of the ice just hours after they crossed the river. I felt sorry for the little house and thought Mr. Ingalls was making a selfish decision taking them away from their extended family to go where "wild animals could live without being afraid." (Part of this is in hindsight, as I've read the book multiple times. I don't think I had the same reaction as a child.) 2w
mrp27 This is the adventure that appeals to me! It was sad to see the house and life in the big woods go but excited for all the new that is coming their way. 2w
megnews @TheAromaofBooks I had the same thought!! 2w
megnews @sblbooks @Bookwormjillk I highlighted that quote too. I love how mischievous and honest Laura is. 2w
IamIamIam This is so nerve-wracking for me!!! They were so brave to just pick up and leave the comfort of a town nearby and relatives! I loved that Laura was getting fresh... it's got to be immensely hard for the girls to spend the days just sitting. They didn't have much to entertain them and I'm not sure the family had books or if they even would have taken them! 2w
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Farmer Boy | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Is there anything else you‘d like to discuss?

Tomorrow we begin #LittleHouse on the Prairie.

TEArificbooks I think the biggest difference was that Almanzo‘s farm was much more established and successful. 2w
melissajayne 1) The biggest differences between their childhoods was that Almanzo‘s parents had been married for quite sometime and were more established and he grew up in a more established community and Laura‘s parents were still a fairly young couple and not as established and living in a fairly new community.⬇️ 2w
melissajayne 2) I would probably prefer to live with Almanzo‘s family. 2w
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Bookwormjillk Almanzo's farm was much more established, but much more strict. I think I would prefer to be on the prairie with Laura.

Like others have mentioned I didn't like this book as much as the rest of the series when I read it before, but I enjoyed it a lot more this time through. I definitely think I will bake a pumpkin pie this weekend!
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keys_on_fire I think the biggest similarity is that everyone was expected to work and help each other. How you helped or what you did was just a reflection of your age and ability. There did seem to be more play in Laura‘s world, but that could be gender or age differences. I definitely liked Farmer Boy better as an adult than I did as a child! 2w
TheAromaofBooks I'm just consistently amazed by the amount of work both families had to do every day just to survive. Although the Wilders had more opportunities for cash/purchasing storebought items, they still spent so much time producing and making their own clothes and food. It was interesting to me the difference between the Wilders focus on their farm and how the Ingalls lived a lot more off the wilderness. I wish we got more books about Almanzo!! 2w
Ann_Reads Between the two, I think I'd rather live with Almanzo's family because there was a mix of male and female siblings, which allowed for a more equal distribution of helpers between domestic chores and the more difficult farm labor. Plus, let's face it, they ate really good meals. 🙂 2w
sblbooks The biggest similarity was both families work ethic. The biggest difference was the Wilder's are better off financially, and they near a fairly large town. The Ingles family lives on the frontier, and for the most part is isolated from their community. I wouldn't have survived back then, but I would have to say the Wilder home would be much easier. 2w
megnews @sblbooks I feel I wouldn‘t survive either! Like @TheAromaofBooks I am constantly aware of how hard everyone worked then just to put food on the table and survive, let alone have a few small comforts. 2w
BarbaraJean The biggest similarity to me was the amount of work there was to do just to sustain daily life! The main difference that stood out to me was how isolated the Ingalls were compared to the Wilders, and of course the difference in the abundance vs. scarcity of food. Honestly, I think I would prefer the relative quietude of the Ingalls family, but the meals at the Wilders‘ table would probably win me over in the end. 😁 (edited) 2w
mrp27 I enjoyed this one so much and agree with many of the points here. Both families work ethic‘s are admirable and also their character, good people both families. I would probably enjoy living with the Wilder‘s most, who can pass on those meals?! But there is something about the Ingalls lifestyle that speaks of adventure, risk and the unknown and that appeals to me. 2w
IamIamIam While I enjoyed both stories, I could more easily identify with Almanzo's family. They made sure always to have enough on their farm to sustain their family and turn a profit. Laura's family lives off the chances of hunting rather than the guarantees of livestock and that's frightening to me! Their lives are similar but vastly different. I really enjoyed FB so much more than I expected!! 2w
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4.5⭐️ The second in the #littlehouse series, the book explores a year in the life of Laura‘s husband when he was growing up in Upstate New York. Aside from some of the political views that come through in the book, I quite enjoyed it. It‘s quite clear that the Wilder‘s are much established than the Ingalls and have a bit more money, as the 3 older children are sent to a school far enough from home that they have to board there. ⬇️

melissajayne I wonder if Almanzo would have chosen a different career if he knew he would become disabled and would have trouble performing the hard physical labour that is needed for farming. #2023 #bookreview #bookstagram #fiction #childrens #historicalfiction #readalong 2w
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BarbaraJean
Farmer Boy | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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The second book in the #LittleHouse series was just as delightful as the first. Reading about Almanzo Wilder‘s childhood was fascinating—although at times a little too detailed for me in its descriptions of how to build a bobsled, etc. 😆 I loved getting to know Almanzo as a character—his love for horses & all aspects of farm life (and his hearty appetite) were endearing! I‘m thoroughly enjoying the buddy read—Megan, thank you for organizing it!

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megnews
Farmer Boy | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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A fitting final illustration for a book chock full of food. I thought this quote was sweet. Looking forward to seeing Almanzo again in future stories. #LittleHouse

Bookwormjillk This chapter was so sweet. Great ending. (And I may make a pumpkin pie) 2w
Roary47 I love how his father was supportive of what Almanzo wanted to do with his future even if it wasn‘t to be a farmer. Great ending! 😌💛 2w
megnews @Roary47 I did too. 2w
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Ann_Reads After reading this, I couldn't imagine the last post not including food. Almanzo gets his dearest wish in the last chapter and at least that part didn't involve his mom's cooking. 😁😉 (edited) 2w
BarbaraJean Perfect illustration to close out the book!! I loved this ending: seeing Almanzo‘s father so supportive and wanting to hear what Almanzo wanted, and Almanzo getting his heart‘s desire along with his hearty meal 😆 2w
keys_on_fire I was so excited for and proud of Almanzo in this chapter! It was also an interesting reflection about the ‘freedom‘ of a farmer; I had never thought of it that way. Seeing my grandpa and uncle as farmers it seemed like they were ‘captured‘ by all the work and rarely took vacations, so that‘s where my impressions come from… 2w
TEArificbooks I liked this chapter too. I think it showed that as Almanzo was getting older and more mature and was a honest hard working kid, not only his father but the towns people were taking notice and he was ready for the next step of having his own colt. It was a happy ending for the book. 2w
mrp27 Perfect full circle ending chapter and illustration. I loved it and it was fitting. I kinda wish there was another Almanzo book. 2w
sblbooks @mrp27 I agree I would like to see another Almanzo book. Like everyone said, I love the ending! He finally gets to train Starlight. @megnews yes, that's the perfect illustration. 2w
Vansa I found a lot that I didn't like about this chapter,and it felt proto-libertarian.Farmers are very much dependent on other people,they wouldn't be able to pay for medical services with produce.In this book itself,it's clear how integrated with the community they are-Lauras family arguably live off the land and are more self sufficient.The disdain for other occupations was surprising and I really didn't like it in a children's book.(1/n) 2w
Vansa (2/n)specially given that Ingalls Wilder was writing these books at a time when their farm wasn't doing well!Also,it seemed very contradictory-Almanzo's father keeps telling him of the value of money and the hard work that goes into harvesting a bushel of potatoes and so on-he was getting the money because people were paying for it!And farm subsidies are huge,so agriculture really isn't the noble isolated occupation he makes it out to be. 2w
megnews @Vansa when the book is set in 1866 and even by the time it was written, many doctors were still taking goods as a form of payment. In addition, the first US farm subsidy was not until the year this book was published. 2w
Vansa @megnews that was just one example, of medicine. There are several instances in the book itself, where his father receives payment for his produce, and the horses. Laura's family are arguably leading far more the sort of consume-what-you-produce life Almanzo's father thinks he's living! 2w
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Farmer Boy | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Pickpick

As a young girl, this was my least favorite and least reread in the #LittleHouse series, undoubtedly because the MC is a boy. I appreciated it much more this time around.

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I‘m pretty sure a childhood dog chewed on this. I got the whole set for Christmas in 78 (when I was 8). I thought I‘d re-read them as part of #serieslove2023. Additionally, I think it fills a prompt or two on some of my other reading challenges this year. Check out the low low price of $1.99. Those were the days!

TEArificbooks There is a buddy read group reading a chapter a day of the whole series. We are on farmer boy now. #littlehouse 3w
CocoReads @TEArificbooks that‘s pretty cool. Idk what pace I‘ll set with these, I don‘t get a lot of reading in on workdays but it‘s nice to know others are enjoying some of my childhood favorites. 3w
MaureenMc My grandmother gave me this one & Little House on the Prairie for Christmas when I was 8. 😊 Must have been the go-to books to gift 8 yo girls in the late 70s/early 80s. 😁 3w
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