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Little House on the Prairie

Little House, Book 3
Written by: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Narrated by: Cherry Jones
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

©1935 Little House Heritage Trust (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Joseph L. Breckenridge
  • 2017-04-01

Another winner in an outstanding series...

Cherry Jones is perfect! The book is classic. The story is engaging. The characters are men and women of courage and great heart.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2017-05-07

WHEN MOM SPOKE LIKE THAT,

THEY DID AS THEY WERE TOLD
This is a great wonderful book. I loved every single minute of it. It is heart warming, entertaining and instructional. Things get too crowed in Wisconsin, since almost once a day the Ingalls see a wagon going down the road close to their house. We follow the family as they travel to Kansas over frozen lakes, through woods and over the prairies. We meet wolves, panthers and Indians.

KNEE DEEP, KNEE DEEP
I am partial to heart warming books that show love between the parents and the kids. Several times I teared up in joy. I admit that I am a little more sensitive then some others on this subject, but no matter how hard you are, this will have you feeling good.

Cherry Jones
This narrator is one of the best in the business.

THERE IS NO GREAT LOSS, WITH OUT SOME SMALL GAIN
To Sacramento and Austin, if you read this far. I know what you are doing and how you are doing it. I have the same power in spades, so how about you don't use that negative power on me and I won't use mine on you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-04-08

Narrator can't sing

She has a dreadful singing voice and she kept singing the songs out of tune.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-07

Great listening!

Books always explain more than the movies/shows. This made long distance traveling enjoyable. Thank you.

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  • Lois Thompson
  • 2018-12-01

Now I Get It!

I read some Little House books when I was a kid, growing up on the East Coast, and even though they were very popular with some of my girlfriends, I never really liked them much. Listening to this audiobook has converted me. The narrator does a stellar job in making this tale come alive. Five stars to her and to Laura Ingalls Wilder for writing it all down.

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  • E.F.B.
  • 2018-08-03

Great for kids and adults

Another wonderful installment in this series. I completely understand why this became a classic. It’s so fascinating to see things from the Ingall family’s perspective as they travel out west and try to settle on the prairie. I haven’t often read books in this type of setting, so it’s a great change of pace, and I feel I’m learning so much about what life was like back then. Those were some really tough people to be able to go out and do the things they did without the help and conveniences of modern technology.

This book was a little more exciting than the first one because the family actually faces some significant dangers that threaten their lives. But, just like before, there were also plenty of sweet moments that made me smile. I actually don’t remember any particularly funny moments, though, which was something the first book had several instances of. Still, I really loved this book and I’m glad to finally be reading and enjoying this classic series.

Content Advisory:

Prejudice: Pa treats the Indians he meets with a great deal of respect as fellow human beings and leads his family to behave respectfully as well (though Ma is very much afraid of the Indians, especially when they come in the house, demand to be fed, and occasionally take things they want without asking). However, they have a neighbor who believes “The only good Indian is a dead Indian,” and says this out loud several times.

Violence: The Ingalls Family (including the dog, Jack) is in peril several times due to crossing a deep river, wild fire, wolves, other humans, and malaria (Nothing icky described. The disease gives everyone a bad fever and makes them too weak/sleepy to function normally.).

A significant theme in the book is related to the fear of an Indian massacre happening. The violence of a massacre that is said to have happened elsewhere is not described. However, there is a point where the fear of another massacre becomes very real because the Ingalls family is able to hear in the distance a gathering of the Indians in which there are many drums, and at one point, much yelling. Laura in particular becomes very afraid, screams and cannot sleep. (Everything ends up okay in the end, though.)

There is brief description of some animals that were killed for food: A rabbit is said to have been “shot through the eye”, and a bird had it’s head “shot clean off”.

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  • Gillian
  • 2017-02-09

The Wildness Of Pure Heart

The Big Woods have gotten too settled for Pa and the Ingalls family, so it's off to Indian Territory. There a Little House is built, one that becomes home, complete with glass windows.
This wonderful book is really enlivened by the writing: a thousand dickey birds, singing the family to sleep with a thousand songs; stars so close they sing little Laura to sleep as well (but not before exciting her imagination!); the waking nightmare of an Indian War Cry.
There is love of family here, and of neighbors (the introduction of the stalwart Mr. Edwards); there is the excitement of being in a land that is an endless sea of grass; there are wildfires, gusty winters, Santa Claus, and Indian Jamborees that may turn deadly.
As always, Cherry Jones narrates with heart and energy, and she sings the family's tunes with gusto.
A great addition to the series!

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  • Anon
  • 2017-07-27

Excellent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Our family loved this one - it was a bit more intense than the prior two books in the series. Be prepared to discuss issues related to white settlers pushing Native Americans off their land with your kids. The narrator is excellent.

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  • Taylor Jones
  • 2019-06-11

Wonderful

I love getting lost in this story! Wonderful to listen to with children. I enjoy hearing about olden days past.

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  • Joan Azubuike
  • 2019-04-22

I didn't want it to finish

Cherry Jones was phenomenal. I will renew my membership just to get more of Laura Ingall's books. It was worth every minute and was sad when it finished.