Pieni talo preerialla (Pieni talo preerialla, #2) Laura Ingalls Wilder


Published: 1988


336 pages


Pieni talo preerialla (Pieni talo preerialla, #2)  by  Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pieni talo preerialla (Pieni talo preerialla, #2) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
1988 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 336 pages | ISBN: | 8.67 Mb

Okay, its 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 its for that very reason that the value of the book needs to be questioned.While much of the story focuses on a familys self-reliance on the Kansas prairie, the book preceding it - Little House in the Big Woods - does the same with the exception that the Ingalls family was integrated into a functioning Wisconsin community of relatives and neighbors.

That book, however, is NOT the famous one after which a television series was made.WHY the Ingalls family felt the need to abandon their community and settle in what was in fact disputed Indian Territory other than out of a lust for adventure is insufficiently explained. Unlike immigrants of the time, American pioneers like the Ingallses were not driven to the new land by persecution or famine at home. They drove themselves there and expected the local Indians to like it or stay out of the way.

The Indians are portrayed as mysterious savages who are ultimately given what actually belonged to the hard-working white family. (Im not at all surprised it was written in the 1930s.)My third grade class was outraged at the injustice of the U.S. government telling the Ingallses to abandon their self-made cabin for the Indians, yet no one was outraged in the beginning when they arrived and no one was asked to question this. Stories like the Ingallsess are history that cannot be changed or forgotten, but like all history should be constantly questioned.I would read this to children and elementary/middle school classes, but not without a corresponding story from the perspective of the Plains Indians, and not without asking children important follow-up questions to spark dialogue.

Did the Ingallses have to leave Wisconsin? Would you have? Why do you think they decided to? Were the Ingallses malicious, naive, or justified in their pursuit? Can the rural dislike of government involvement be traced back to stories like theirs? Why was this story so popular in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s? Why is it still popular today?

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