For many years the Little House books have been popular with young people.
This might seem surprising at first, for especially in Little House in the Big Woods, there are no villains, no major crises, and no important adventures.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of good times and enough conflict and suspense to make the book interesting. Young readers also seem to appreciate a novel made up of events that really happened and characters who really existed.
In addition, the novel offers detailed, accurate descriptions of early methods of cheesemaking, butter churning, gun care, maple sugaring, hatmaking, and many other crafts. Some readers have cooked the food and played the games Laura describes. This helps them feel closer to the frontier life of more than one hundred years ago. Some young people like to compare their lives with Laura's; others find that reading the book...