Thursday, December 23, 2010

Little House on the Prairie by Sister Kari Ansari

Another series of books I read as a child are the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up as a child on the American prairie with her wanderlust father, mother, and sisters. Her biographical books begin in “the big woods” of Wisconsin and follow her life as her family pioneered across the Midwest. As you read the books you are amazed at how tough these folks were as they survived and settled the western territories that are now Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Missouri. As the natural world around them was harsh and wild, the family remained kind and gentle to each other.

What is wonderful about the books in addition to the honest voice in which she wrote about her life is the way the books grow in sophistication with her as she grew into a young woman. The Christian values taught by Laura’s parents are quite similar to those a Muslim family values, and I also think these books offer insight into true Christian family life that can be very relatable to a Muslim child.

While this series is written primarily about girls, boys will be quite interested in Laura’s life as well. Farmer Boy is the story of Laura’s husband, Almanzo Wilder and may be the first book of hers to be given to your son. Once he get a taste of Mrs. Wilder’s books, your son may be inspired to read more.

If your child enjoys one of these books, keep your eyes open for the Scholastic book flyer that usually comes home from school with your kids. They usually offer this boxed set for a great discount. It’s well worth it!

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