Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Little House Books

If you must invest on a book series, one of the best I can recommend is the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Not only is it a great book about the way of life of early Americans but it also teaches a lot of values on things that matter, like hard work, respect for nature, parenting, faith in God and hard work.

Read about men in breeches gentling horses, surviving hard winters, keeping house, raising animals and crops. Learn how to prepare some homegrown dishes like sour dough biscuits, headcheese and fried apples and onions. Wonder about how people survived taking baths once a week (usually, every Saturday night in time for Sunday worship the day after) and keeping warm without coal and firewood.

Collect quotes, especially from Laura's Pa.

"It's an ill wind that doesn't blow some good."

"Never bet your money on another man's game."

"Best be on the safe side, it saves trouble in the end."

At the very least, your child should appreciate how much easier things are for them right now.

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