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A beautiful full color hardcover picture book introduction to the beloved Little House series perfect for younger readersChristmas has come to the Big Woods of Wisconsin Laura and her family are excited to celebrate When Laura’s cousins aunt and uncle arrive they spend their time together eating sweets playing in the snow and reading Their holiday celebrations are full of simple joysThe warm paintings by Renée Graef are inspired by Garth Williams’ classic illustrations and lovingly bring the Ingalls family to life 


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  1. says:

    I love the Little House books I love Christmas Therefore when I was watching a Hallmark Christmas movie and saw Christmas in the Big Woods flashed on screen it was a no brainer I purchased it within five seconds Christmas in the Big Woods is part of the family My First Little House Books directed at the age 4 8 crowd It is culled from the Christmas story in Little House in the Big Woods and adorned with warm illustrations patterned off the classic artwork done by Garth Williams The night it arrived at our doorstep it garnered immediate interest from my two older children Emilia Millie who is almost six; and Gracie Grapey who is three I didn't plan on reading it to them immediately since it was already pretty late But when Gracie asked me to read “The Christmas Woods Book” I could not resist As most of you know I’m not a prolific reviewer of children’s books I have in fact only ever done this once before That was last year when I attempted to enlist the support of Emilia and Grace in reviewing The Kraken’s Rules for Making Friends which they received as a gift The results were mixed Nevertheless I am back at it because as the old saying goes Even when you have utterly failed you should try again So once again I conducted a joint interview for this book review They did not receive any compensation for their participation save getting to stay up roughly 45 minutes later than usual Without further ado I present for your consideration Emilia Grace Review Christmas in the Big Woods Meet your reviewers Grace L is three; Emilia R is nearing six Phoebe aged one was not present but we might have woken her upReviewers Note This interview with my children has been edited for clarity Heavily edited Painstakingly edited You might even say that “clarity” is an artificial construct that I conjured from the chaos of this exercise Emilia and Grace have just gotten bunk beds so the inaugural reading of Christmas in the Big Woods takes place in my bed We get through one page before Grace gets up to leaveME Where are you going?GRACE I need to get my blankie ME You can get under the covers GRACE I want my blankie Grace returns with her blanket along with a stuffed Tala from The Lion King ME Are you ready?GRACE I need to get cozy Grace situates herself on the bed and then spends a minute propping up Tala on a pillow I faintly recall the reason I don’t do joint book reviews I continue reading About halfway through the book the girls start arguing about which characters they resembleEMILIA Laura has bangs like me GRACE Millie I can’t really see your bangs right now EMILIA Grace Don't talk to meGRACE Millie You don't talk to meME Both of you stop EMILIA Is this part of the interview?ME No Around this point Grace gets up again and leavesME What are you doing?GRACE I want to get a blanket for my stuffed animal because she’s cold I’m going to name her a different name I’m going to call her LauraEMILIA Her name is Tala GRACE Her name is Laura No It’s Belle ME Do we want to stop for the night? GRACE Her name is Belle ME Fine Somehow by the grace of God we manage to get through this 32 page book I pull out my legal pad and penME I was thinking that we should do an interview about this book like we did with the kraken book Does that sound okay EMILIA No I mean yes GRACE Yes I do too ME Okay Did you like it?EMILIA We like the shark smiling This refers to The Kraken’s Rules for Making FriendsME No we’re going to talk about this book Good memory though At this point Emilia tries to take my legal padEMILIA Can I try to read it?ME When I’m doneEMILIA Can I spell their names?ME You can spell one of their namesEMILIA Spells out J A C K It seems to take ten minutes but probably only took three ME All right Now did you guys like this Laura book? EMILIA YesGRACE Yes but I want to name the cat In the book there is a nameless and unmentioned cat that nevertheless keeps turning up in the illustrations This led to a lot of uestions EMILIA What about Nina?GRACE I want to call it – EMILIA Write down that we called it NinaGRACE I want to call it Mina EMILIA That’s not a name ME I think it is There is an off topic discussion about this for a couple minutes I attempt to take notes on the NinaMina debate Emilia sees me writing furiouslyEMILIA I want to write a uestionME How about this Why don’t you tell me what uestion I should ask youEMILIA How deep was it?ME How deep was the book?EMILIA How deep was the snow?After this collouy Emilia asks about the two dots I keep putting next to the first letters of their names This leads us to a hopeless tangent as I attempt to explain a colon I give up and promise to revisit the subject later perhaps as she's about to go off for college ME What was your favorite part of the book?EMILIA I liked when the cousins came over And can you write who my favorite character was?ME Who was that?EMILIA Mary ME Why Mary?EMILIA She’s the oldest like meGRACE My favorite is LauraME Why is she your favorite?GRACE She’s the youngest like meME Isn’t Carrie the youngest? I suggest this gentlyGRACE Yeah Phoebe the one year old likes Carrie In the morning I’m going to ask Phoebe what her favorite character was Unfortunately I had to get to work early the next morning I was not around to determine whether Grace ever asked Phoebe about a character she’s never heard of in a book she’s never seen Her answer of course would have been ‘Momma’ ‘Dada’ ‘baba’ or ‘uh oh’ EMILIA Where was Ma when she had Carrie?ME Probably in the cabin They didn't have hospitals where they lived EMILIA No I mean was she in a chair or in bed I think she was in bedME Probably I am tempted to probe her mind in order to determine the genesis of the uestion Seeing no good outcome however I resist the urgeME Grace what was your favorite part?GRACE I like the part when the cousins were going homeME Why?GRACE I don’t knowEMILIA Actually I think that was a sad part That’s why I said my favorite part was when they came overGRACE undeterred I like when they ate breakfastME What did you like about the breakfast scene?GRACE I don’t knowEMILIA I think she means the pancakes GRACE PancakesEMILIA Can I write periods for you?ME Maybe later After mostly striking out with generalized uestions I decide to focus their attention a bitME Did you like the pictures?EMILIA We loved themGRACE We liked them and they’re good picturesME What was your favorite picture in the book?EMILIA The snow and the woods and the cousins playing outsideGRACE The cousins playing in the snowME Is there a lesson?EMILIA To be grateful for what you gotME For what you haveEMILIA For what you haveGRACE I don’t know Last year I explained the star rating system to Emilia and Grace I decided to test their recall and was pleasantly surprised ME How many stars would you give this?EMILIA Five Actually ten ME Five is the most you can give GRACE ThreeEMILIA It’s not the number it’s how much you liked it One means you little liked it; two means you kinda did and kinda not; three means a little bit; four means you liked it; five means you liked it a lotGRACE I liked it five ME to Emilia You did a good job remembering the star systemEMILIA I didn't remember it I saw it on YouTube ME I thought you weren’t supposed to be watching YouTube EMILIA Laughs uncomfortablyME How would you explain this in one word?EMILIA “A lot”GRACE Let’s do fiveME Okay what five words would you use?GRACE I don’t knowME I want you to describe this book in one word Like fun or silly or funny or sad Okay? What word would that be?EMILIA Fun GRACE Yeah fun ME If you had to give a description of what this book is about what would that be?EMILIA Coming together and having fun on Christmas ME That’s good GRACE I like that too I like that thing that Millie said At this point I end the interview It's late and it's difficult to write with Emilia grabbing the penME Let’s go to bed GRACE I can’t sleep ME You’re not in bed yet GRACE Can I sleep here?EMILIA YeahME No Christmas in the Big Woods is a charming little book that nicely captures the Little House spirit in bite size fashion It is a simple story centered on fundamental values which has always been the main draw of the series At this time of year it makes for a decent and helpful teaching tool It’s easy for kids to lose perspective during the Christmas season Heck it’s easy for adults I lost perspective years ago Emilia and Grace are no exception They are inundated with commercials; their friends from school keep regaling them with stories of Elf on the Shelf; and their lists for Santa keeps growing and growing When things reach a fever pitch I will remind them that Laura was perfectly content with a rag doll named Charlotte That lesson of course will last thirty seconds if I’m having a lucky day More importantly I hope this book plants the seeds of a lifelong love of Pa Ma Mary Laura Carrie and Jack the Bulldog


  2. says:

    I'm a bit biased towards the original so my rating is tempered somewhat by my loyalty to Laura Ingalls Wilder Nonetheless I do believe had this series been my first introduction to the Little House books I would have enjoyed and appreciated their value The colorful pictures and small amount of wording make this a good alternative for young readers not yet at a level to read the original series on their own


  3. says:

    This is not one of the better books in the series I've been trying to pinpoint the reasons why we haven't cared much for this one Here are three possibilities1 The cover shows a wreath on the front door but aside from that there aren't any Christmas decorations There isn't even a Christmas tree which does trigger uestions from young readers that I can't answer The Wilders live in the woods so finding a tree wouldn't be the problem Maybe time andor space in the house is the issue2 All of the kids get red mittens and a stick of peppermint candy which makes them very happy However Laura also gets a doll Of course the uestion becomes why did she get a toy and none of the other kids did?3 One page lists the names of the relatives who come on Christmas The names aren't needed so that page could have been put to better useWe'll probably have to read the original books to find out how they compare with the excerpts in these little books2017 Having just re read LH in the BW I now know why only Laura got a doll the other girls already had dolls Even so she's the only child who got a 'big' present


  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this nostalgic condensed version of the Christmas events from Little House in the Big Woods This book was chosen for Day 9 of our 25 Days of Christmas Books blog series


  5. says:

    A sweet little book Their stockings were skimpy compared to how our Christmas's are but they were extremely happyGlad I found it to add to my Christmas collection


  6. says:

    After my adult read through of the books this picture book is a nice change it’s basically all of the best bits of the series without the less fun portions So a gentle introduction to the series


  7. says:

    Mommy loves this one because it has molasses candy in the snow AND Charlotte the rag doll


  8. says:

    What a sweet simple Christmas121117 Read with Naomi22619 Read with Julia52319 Read with Julia62720 Read with Julia


  9. says:

    My daughter loves this series


  10. says:

    When I was younger my mom used to read me The Little House on the Prairie books Christmas in the Big Woods was one of my favorites It is about Laura and her family as they celebrate Christmas Laura and her sister helped their mother make cookies and molasses and made snow angles outside with their cousins Living in Arizona I loved seeing the snow covered woods Laura's Christmas was so humble and different from my own experience It intrigued me that she her sister and her cousins could be so happy with only receiving a stick of peppermint candy and mittens Laura however also received a doll I remember feeling happy that she got something special but I always wondered why her sister Mary didn't also get a doll for my brother and I have always gotten an eual amount of presents