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Meet Laura Ingalls the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House booksPa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house and the family sets out for Indian co. I recently read this to my young son and he couldn t get enough He s a kid who loves nothing than to spend all day in the woods building forts so perhaps it s not surprising that he took to this book It s a marvelous adventure story that left me in awe of the sheer indefatigable competence of this family The relationship of the family to the natural world the great prairie that they move to is fascinating as is their relationship to the Indians Then again fascinating did on a rare occasion turn into something overtly racist in the case of the Indians I struggled with what to do about those passages They were mostly the characters speaking so one approach would have been to read it and then pause to critiue but I wasn t sure my son was uite old enough to appreciate that So I took the easy way out I skipped over those passages I m still uncertain whether this was the right thing to do Perhaps in the future we ll revisit this and can have a fuller discussion

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Little House on the Prairie

R family are kept busy and are happy with the promise of their new life on the prairieLITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE is the second book in the Laura Years series back cover. Fried Apples and a Lesson in RacismI loved this series when I read them around ten years ago My favorite was The Long Winter A few years ago I went to visit her home in Missouri with my sister and niece She had two houses but I must say I loved the Sears and Roebuck one best The other one had a wonderful antiue mint green stove in it that I would have loved to have owned except I think that it would not be easy to bake in and maybe it used wood for fuel My ex mother in law had a wood burning one once when she was renting a house in the country It heated the entire house She didn t bake much so she didn t have to worry about getting the fire just right I read this book again because I had heard that it contained racist remarks I must not have noticed it before So Laura Ingalls and her family take off in a covered wagon for parts unknown Laura asked for a papoose like another child would ask for a puppy Her mother exclaims I don t like Indians No you cannot have a papoose Why would Laura even think of owning a papoose I suppose it was just a childish whim And then her father talks about how the government is going to push back or kill the Indians so they don t have to worrySo now what was once an adorable story about pioneers that all children love to an adult can become a political issue as it was in the book Killers of the Flower Moon that came out after I read this book This conversation was mentioned in it in detailThe fact of racism in this book doesn t ruin it for me and I am American Indian but I had a German father I had a friend who was Indian but she didn t like pioneer stories which was understandable Me I love them I have another friend who loves them too and she is married to a Native American and may be part Indian So I asked members of our book group if they liked pioneer stories some of us are Indian or part Indian One wanted nothing to do with them because the white man had murdered the Indians Three of us liked them because they were survival books and fun reading They were history We felt that other countries had to deal with these things as well Then some of us who were Indian had family who came to America in the early days Now as to the racist comment I like what one of the group members said They were being honest with their feelings and they were afraid of the Indians and I might add They should have been Not all Indians were friendly And Indians had sometimes warred with each other taking food from another tribe when there was a drought kidnapping children etc This doesn t make it right what the Europeans did by coming to here just as it isn t right for any nation to colonize or destroy other nations I just hope that kids who read these books will get a lesson from their parents on racism as it would be a good way to teach them Here is an interesting recipe that could have been used by the Ingalls on the trailFried ApplesFry 4 slices of bacon Remove bacon Slice apples and add to hot bacon grease Brown on each side ServeNow whenever I fry apples I used real butter but if I used bacon grease I would eat the bacon along with the apples

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Untry They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas and there finally Pa builds their little house on the prairie Sometimes farm life is difficult even dangerous but Laura and he. This is not really a review of the general contents and themes of Little House on the Prairie but my personal attitudes towards the fact that this book has been and like so many others repeatedly challenged and even at times bannedcensored mostly due to the way Native Americans are depicted and the attitudes shown towards themAnd yes there are indeed issues with Little House on the Prairie and especially the attitudes towards Native Americans are certainly problematic to say the least However the actual attitudes towards Native Americans were in the 19th century often very much akin to those shown in the book and the claim that the only good Indian is a dead Indian was unfortunately common amongst many settlers like the Scotts who I think uttered these words And well those who would challenge the Little House on the Prairie novels and attempt to have them banned are thus not only being censorious but even worse they are in fact attempting to erase the unfortunate truth that Native Americans were often seen in this way And indeed and in my opinion Little House on the Prairie would in my opinion be a good starting point for discussions although I do realise the novel could I guess also be used and likely has been used by those against Native Americans to bolster and justify their own prejudices however this can be and has been the case with many if not most controversial books and will likely remain thusAnd frankly while I have than a bit of trouble with the way Native Americans are depicted and the attitudes shown towards them in Little House on the Prairie I especially find the often totally glowing descriptions of Ma of Caroline Ingalls than a bit hard to stomach as she is really uite the stereotyper much so than Charles Ingalls although also not yet on the same level as the Scotts I do very much appreciate the fact that Laura Ingalls Wilder has not tried pretend that attitudes towards Native Americans were different and positive since if she had for example written stories about the Ingalls family becoming close to and good friends with their Native American neighbours although this might feel acceptable to our modern sensibilities it also would be for the most part woefully and perhaps even dangerously anachronistic And finally one must realise that while Little House on the Prairie is considered historical fiction it was also written at a time when negative impressions of or at the very least patronising and Euro centric attitudes towards Native Americans were still very much not only acceptable but common The novel describes the past but is also of its time and should be read appreciated and approached as suchAnd I also wonder whether those individuals who believe that Little House on the Prairie should be banned andor censored consider themselves to be educated to be socially active to be fighting against bigotry and the like and the answer would probably be a resounding yes for most However if one strives to ban or censor books one is behahving and no matter for what reason one attempts to ban or censor a book the same or at least in a similar manner as that against which one is fighting Education understanding solidarity will never be reached nor will the battle against bigotry ever be won by using similarly problematic and draconian means but through thoughtful discussion and debate in my opinion banning books no matter for what purpose is and always will be an act of bigotry an act of dictatorial over reaching an act that destroys freedom and only creates strife


10 thoughts on “Little House on the Prairie

  1. says:

    “There's no great loss without some small gain” If only we lived and loved in Laura's timeI get hugely nostalgic for every time I read the Little House books One of my favorite aspects about this series is that Wilder writes these novels in such a way that I feel like I lived through them In the West the land was lev

  2. says:

    Okay it's a great American classic I realize that I read it for the first time in third grade because the pioneer go forth and push westward philosophy is a central feature in the proud American mindset and heritage But it's for that very reason that the value of the book needs to be uestionedWhile much of the story focuse

  3. says:

    I recently read this to my young son and he couldn't get enough He's a kid who loves nothing than to spend all day in the woods building forts so perhaps it's not surprising that he took to this book It's a marvelous adventure story that left

  4. says:

    In this third installment to the Little House series the Ingalls family packs up and heads west toward Kansas This journey brings adventure but also multiple dangers along the way This book was definitely my leas

  5. says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book My mother read the Laura Ingalls books with me when I was a little girl and I'm rereading them

  6. says:

    This is not really a review of the general contents and themes of Little House on the Prairie but my personal attitudes towards the fact that this book has been and like so many others repeatedly challenged and even at times bannedcensored mostly due to the way Native Americans are depicted and the attitudes shown towards themAnd yes there are indeed issues with Little House on the Prairie and especially the attitudes towards Nati

  7. says:

    I bought the CD of this story for my 4 year old daughter and have spent many days listening to it in the car with herThis book should clearly be renamed Pa's follies as the entire story is about him bumbling from one misadventure to the next1 Pa leads the family across a frozen lake Peppin The very next morning the family hears the ice on the lake start to crack and break up By the luck of one day the Ingalls family is

  8. says:

    Fried Apples and a Lesson in RacismI loved this series when I read them around ten years ago My favorite was The Long Winter A few yea

  9. says:

    I am a fan of the Laura Ingall's Wilder books and I am enjoying them even as an adult sharing them with my daughter This one moved a bit slowly than Little House in the Big Woods but I was still fascinated I can hardly imag

  10. says:

    So entertaining and so racistIs this the book where we start to learn how flawed Ma and Pa really are? Pa is certainly a happy go lucky guy with no foresight taking his wife and daughters away from their family into the middle of n