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In our Great Books column, you’ll find suggested titles for preschool, elementary, and secondary students—along with a book synopsis, why you’ll want to read it, discussion questions, and related books.
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—Dr. Ruth Beechick
Winter days In the Big Woods Cover
Pioneer Winter
Based on
Winter Days in the Big Woods
adapted from Little House in the Big Woods
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Book Description:
The original autobiographical Little House books tell the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder as a young pioneer girl traveling across the Midwest with her family. In Winter Days in the Big Woods, Laura spends the winter in their log cabin in the woods of Wisconsin. Together, the family gathers potatoes, carrots, beets, turnips, cabbages, and pumpkins from the garden, storing the vegetables for the coming winter. When winter comes, Laura and Mary draw frost pictures on the cabin window with Ma’s thimble. They also churn butter, cut paper dolls, and make bread. Night finds the family singing to Pa’s fiddle tunes. Young readers are invited into the adventures of this pioneer family building a homestead in the Midwest.
Why You Will Want To Read This Book:
Winter Days in the Big Woods, adapted from Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, is one title in the series, My First Little House Books. This series puts the timeless characters of the Little House books into the hands and hearts of your little learners. The illustrations, inspired by the original Garth Williams ink drawings in the infamous chapter books, complement the abbreviated text.

My First Little House Books are a wonderful stepping stone to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s chapter books. In fact, after introducing My First Little House series to your children, you may find the chapter books to be the next choice for family read-aloud time.

Pioneer Winter Page
Discussion Questions:
Describe the Ingalls’ house. How was it different from yours? How is it the same? Why was it so important for pioneers like the Ingalls to plan ahead for the winter? What are some fun things you enjoy doing when it’s cold outside?
More Books Like This:
This book is a part of an entire series: My First Little House Books. Other fun winter-related titles include Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Renee Graef, Sugar Snow by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Doris Ettlinger, and Winter on the Farm by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Jody Wheeler.